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Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery

Address:
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6Z 2H7
Telephone: +16046624700
Classification: Art Galleries (Institutions)
About The Vancouver Art Gallery's collection of over 11,000 works of art represents the most comprehensive resource for visual art in British Columbia. Established in 1931 with the founding of the Gallery, the collection grows by several hundred works annually. It is a principal repository of works produced in this region, as well as related works by other Canadian and international artists. The collection contains outstanding examples of a century's worth of art produced in British Columbia, from 19th and 20th century mountain and coastal landscapes, including the most significant group of paintings and works on paper by Emily Carr, to more recent photo-based artworks by renowned Vancouver artists such as Jeff Wall. Strengths of the Collection: The Founders’ Fund Collection The Founders’ Fund Collection includes more than 150 paintings, works on paper and sculpture acquired between 1931 and 1951. The first works acquired were primarily 18th, 19th and 20th century British art. This was expanded in the 1940s and 50s to include works by notable Canadian artists, particularly the Group of Seven painters and other modernists. The Emily Carr Collection While the first work by Emily Carr was acquired by purchase in 1937, the majority of works that constitute the Emily Carr Trust Collection came to the Gallery following her death in 1945. These original paintings, watercolours, oils on paper and charcoal drawings form the core of a collection that is especially rich in major canvases from the 1930s and 1940s. As of 2016 the Gallery has 254 works by Carr in its collection. Vancouver and British Columbia In the last century, artists from Vancouver and British Columbia have created a distinct and rich legacy of art production. From the 1980s onward the Gallery made a concerted effort to document the art of British Columbia through purchases and donations. This has included collecting the principle aspects of West Coast modernism including developments in abstraction in the post-war period, followed by experiments in performance, intermedia and video starting in the 1960s and 70s. The Gallery has also actively collected contemporary First Nations art of this region, by artists who work both traditionally and experimentally. More recently the Gallery has acquired the work of contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds who have a strong foundation in the history of art in this region and are engaged with the international discourse of art. Photography Over the past four decades Vancouver has become internationally renowned for contemporary photo-based work. The Gallery has collected local practitioners and artists such as Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace are particularly well-represented. Their work is contextualized by artists from Europe, North America and, increasingly, Asia, especially those who work with a conceptual vocabulary. The Gallery has also sought to build a historical foundation for its contemporary holdings by collecting historical and modernist photography, including major holdings of work by Harry Morey Callahan.
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