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.

Past Exhibitions

Pictures From Here

May 19 to September 4, 2017

Karin Bubaš, Woman in Fog II (Trout Lake), 2007, chromogenic print, Private Collection

"The rise of photo-conceptualism in Vancouver has influenced not just contemporary artists across Canada, but contemporary art practices around the world."

- Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art

Althea Thauberger
Northern, 2005 (still)
single channel video projection with sound
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Gift of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft

Mike Grill
The Wallet, 2010,
ink jet print
Promised Gift of the Artist to the Vancouver Art Gallery

Fred Herzog
Family on Lawn, 1959
ink jet print
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Gift of the Artist

Rodney Graham
Paddler, Mouth of the Seymour, 2012–13 (detail)
three painted aluminum lightboxes
with transmounted chromogenic transparencies
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Purchased with funds from the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund and a financial gift from Phil Lind,
© Rodney Graham,
Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York;

Comprised of photographs and video works by Vancouver-based artists that date from the late 1950s up to the present, Pictures From Here reflects the development of the innovative lens- based practices that emerged as a counter- point to the lyrical landscape tradition that dominated art making in this city well into the 1970s. At that time, Vancouver-based artists such as Ian Wallace, Jeff Wall and Christos Dikeakos adopted intellectually rigorous approaches to photography that both articulated an affinity with the challenges to tradition put forward by the modernist avant-garde and acknowledged the place in which they were working.

The term “photo-conceptualism” emerged out of this moment and has become intrinsically linked to the rise of Vancouver as an internationally known centre for the production of contemporary art. However, while terms like photo-conceptualism may be useful in describing approaches to photography that draw upon the critiques of the image mounted by Conceptual Art and post- modernism, they can also efface significant differences in the practices of artists whose work might be associated with the label.

Focusing on representations of the city and its surrounds, Pictures From Here acknowledges the legacy of the innovative approaches to photography developed in Vancouver, while also emphasizing the diverse range of interests and socially engaged practices that have informed lens-based art in the city over the past four decades. The exhibition is comprised of work drawn from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Collection and from private collections, many of which have not been previously exhibited in Vancouver.

Pictures From Here includes work by artists Roy Arden, Karin Bubaš, Christos Dikeakos, Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Rodney Graham, Mike Grill, Arni Haraldsson, Fred Herzog, Barrie Jones, Evan Lee, N.E. Thing Co., Marian Penner Bancroft, Henri Robideau, Sandra Semchuk and James Nicholas, Althea Thauberger, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Paul Wong , Cornelia Wyngaarden and Andrea Fatona.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art.

Co-Presenting Sponsors:


Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn

Major support generously provided by:
The Wesik Family
Naudia and Mark Maché