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

Two Visions: Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt

May 30 to November 8, 2009

Emily Carr
Skidegate Beaver Pole, 1941-2
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Jack Shadbolt
Hornby Suite,1969
charcoal on paper
Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of J. Ronald Longstaffe
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery
For most British Columbians of Euro- Canadian ancestry, Emily Carr defines how two subjects are viewed---the forest landscape of the province and the totemic sculpture of the First Nations. Subsequent artists working in the province have reacted to or against Carr’s example and Jack Shadbolt had a particularly strong relationship to Carr’s work. This exhibition, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Shadbolt’s birth, examines how both of these artists addressed the natural world, First Nations totems and masks as subjects for their work. The exhibition also addresses the role of drawing in the work of Carr and Shadbolt and encourages the visitor to see both differences and similarities in their approach.

The exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, senior curator/historical.