Current Exhibitions

2012

James Hart

James Hart
The Dance Screen (The Scream Too)
TD NEXT

November 2012 to March 9, 2014

In late 2009, artist James Hart began designing a large-scale sculpture titled The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) and began carving the work in 2010. This ambitious project brings together many of the principal animal figures from traditional Haida stories, especially creatures that depend on salmon for their survival. Read More.

Generously Supported by:
Gary R. Bell
Charles John Collings

Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings

November 10, 2012 to May 26, 2013

The medium of watercolour is one of the most challenging used by artists. After the pigment has been placed on paper, change is not possible and the artist must possess considerable skill to achieve his or her artistic goal. Two major artists working in British Columbia in the first half of the twentieth century used watercolour extensively: Emily Carr and Charles John Collings. Read More.

Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation
Damian Moppett

Offsite: Damian Moppett

November 8, 2012 to April 1, 2013

Damian Moppett's artistic practice uses a wide variety of media to question ideas of mastery, craftsmanship and value. Drawing on broad references from the history of modern art, Moppett uses the mediums of sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and video, often in relationship to each other, as a meditation on the activity of making art. Read More.

Generously Supported by our Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation

Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography

October 27, 2012 to February 24, 2013

Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography is a major survey exhibition of the work of one of Canada's most significant contemporary artists. Based in Vancouver, Wallace has played a critical role in the development of contemporary art since the late 1960s. Read More.

General Idea (with Image Bank) FILE Megazine, Mr. Peanut Issue

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980

September 29, 2012 to January 20, 2013

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 is the first major exhibition to track the impact of conceptual art as it was taken up across the country. Comprising work by more than 90 Canadian and international artists, it examines the complex, rigorous and diverse forms in which conceptual art appeared and the ways in which its premises were inflected by the specific needs, interests and geographic situations of Canadian artists, collectives and communities. Read More.
Emily Carr 
        and the Theatre of Transcendence

Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence

March 10 to October 28, 2012

Throughout her career, Emily Carr’s art was informed by a questioning of organized religion. This was strengthened through her encounters with Lawren Harris, a founding member of the Group of Seven and a proponent of Theosophy, in the mid-1920s. Find out more...

Generously Supported by our Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Offsite: Kota Ezawa

Offsite: Kota Ezawa

February 2 to September 16, 2012

Artist Kota Ezawa’s diverse projects take the form of digital animations, slide projections, lightboxes, paper cut-outs, intaglio etchings, ink drawings and wood sculptures. For Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, Ezawa’s large-scale wooden tableau pictures a group of people raising their hands to vote in what appears to be a town hall meeting. Find out more...

Generously Supported by our Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters

Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters
The Cone Sisters of Baltimore

May 26 to September 30, 2012

Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters, The Cone Sisters of Baltimore features more than 45 spectacular paintings, sculptures and drawings from one of the world’s finest collections of early European Modernism. Over the course of five decades, Claribel and Etta Cone amassed iconic late-nineteenth and early twentieth century works by leading artists such as Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. A selection of diaries, letters and photographs bring to life the story of the formation of this remarkable collection. Find out more...

Presenting Sponsor:
The Keg

Opening Celebrations Sponsor:
Concord Pacific
With generous support from:
Diamond Foundation       CIBC      SNC Lavalin

With generous support from Modern Masters: Aymong Family Trust, Lesley Stowe, Joan Anderson, and the Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program / Avec l'appui du ministère du Patrimoine canadien par le biais du Programme d'indemnisation pour les expositions itinérantes au Canada.

Rodney Graham - Canadian Humourist

Rodney Graham - Canadian Humourist

May 26 to September 30, 2012

The legacies, predicaments and vexations of modernism have been central to the work of Vancouver-based artist Rodney Graham since the 1970s. Find out more...

Presenting Sponsor:                                                         With generous support from

Rogers                                                           Bruce M. Wright


Marian Penner Bancroft

SPIRITLANDS: t/HERE: Marian Penner Bancroft
Selected Photo Works 1975–2000

June 30 to September 30, 2012

Vancouver–based artist Marian Penner Bancroft has been exhibiting her work in North America and Europe for more than thirty years. While photography has been her primary medium, she has also incorporated drawing, text, sound, sculpture and video into work that evocatively engages with the intersection of photography, social history and personal memory. Find out more...

Generously Supported by our Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


through a glass darkly

through a glass, darkly

June 30 to September 30, 2012

Imperfect memory and biased desire are often blamed for our inability to adequately represent past experiences and events. Find out more...

Generously Supported by our Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Yang Fudong; Fifth Night

Yang Fudong
Fifth Night
Song Dong

May 12 to September 3, 2012

Fifth Night is a recent multi-channel video installation by Chinese artist Yang Fudong. Find out more...

Again and Again and Again: Serial Formats and Repetitive Actions

Again and Again and Again
Serial Formats and Repetitive Actions

May 12 to September 3, 2012

Drawn from the Gallery’s permanent colection, this exhibition features artists who utilize repetitive actions or serial images to open up perception both figuratively and literally. Find out more...

Generously Supported by our Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation


Beat Nation

Beat Nation
Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

February 25 to June 3, 2012

Beat Nation reflects a generation of artists who juxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity in entirely innovative and unexpected ways. Find out more...

Generously Supported by:
Mark McCain and Caro Macdonald / Eye and I
Gary Bell, Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge


The Audain Foundation         YVR

With additional support from the United States Consulate General in Vancouver

Media Sponsor:
The Vancouver Sun
Lights Out!

Lights Out!
Canadian Painting from the 1960s

February 18 to April 29, 2012

The 1960s was a decade of enormous political and cultural tumult throughout the world. This was certainly true of Canada and Canadian art. Find out more...

Generously Supported by our Visionary Partner:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation