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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.
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Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery
Emily Carr is widely regarded as the dominant figure in British Columbia art in the first half of the twentieth century. Emily Carr and the Group of Seven presents Carr's work within the context of the Group of Seven's important visual dialogue in the 1920s and 1930s.
Carr first met members of the Group of Seven in 1927 when she exhibited her work in the exhibition West Coast Art: Native and Modern. On her way to Ottawa for the exhibition, she met Frederick Varley, Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald and, most importantly, Lawren S. Harris. Famously, Lawren Harris told Carr, who had felt unappreciated as an artist, "you are one of us." This acceptance re-energized her career.
Emily Carr and the Group of Seven includes works from the Vancouver Art Gallery's collection and private loans, with key works by Carr and members of the Group. The exhibition acknowledges the significance of Carr's relationship to these artists and her important contribution to modernism in Canada.