Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.



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

Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings, published by the Vancouver Art Gallery, is the first book to compare the watercolours of Emily Carr to those of Charles John Collings. The book includes over sixty reproductions of the artists' works and an essay by Ian Thom.

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

Featuring work by over 25 artists and essays by Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard, Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture is a catalogue of the exhibition presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from February 25 to June 3, 2012, as well as at several venues across Canada throughout 2013 and 2014.

Available for purchase online.

4,492,040 is a facsimile reprint of a series of catalogues produced by curator Lucy R. Lippard. Drawn from material originally published between 1969 and 1974, 4,492,040 includes reprints of all four of the catalogues from Lippard's hugely important “numbers shows”-a series of exhibitions named for the populations of the cities they were held in: 557,087 (Seattle), 955,000 (Vancouver), c.7,500 (Valencia, California) and 2,972,453 (Buenos Aires). As with the originals, 4,492,040 is made up of a collection of loose notecards containing statements, documentation and conceptual works by each artist, to be rearranged, filed or discarded at will. This new edition is supplemented by a new afterword by Lippard.

358 Pages. Edited by Jeff Khonsary. Co-presented with the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Seattle Art Museum.

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-198

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 is the first publication and exhibition to track the complex, rigorous and diverse manifestations of conceptual art in Canada. Presenting work by more than 90 artists in a beautifully produced book, Traffic examines the particular local and geographic needs and interests enacted by individual artists, collectives and art communities from across the country.

Traffic was co-published by the Art Gallery of Alberta, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University), Halifax INK and the Vancouver Art Gallery.


SPIRITLANDS: t/HERE, published by the Vancouver Art Gallery, features work produced by Marian Penner Bancroft between 1975 and 2000. The book attests to the remarkable breadth of Penner Bancroft's practice and its place within the critical debates on photography that played a crucial role in the visual arts during the closing years of the 20th century and that continue to inform art making today.

Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography

Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography, published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing, is the most substantial, informative book on Ian Wallace, who is one of Canada's most significant and influential Canadian artists of the latter half of the twentieth century. Contributors to the book include Grant Arnold, Daina Augaitis, Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diedrichsen, Stan Douglas, Jessica Morgan, Christine Poggi, Kathleen Ritter, Ian Wallace and William Wood.