The Hall Collection of 19th century Photographs of Japan
Curated by Catherine Crowston and organized & circulated by the Art Gallery of Alberta.
The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view one of the world’s largest collections of early Japanese photography. There are more than 230 works in this exhibition from the personal collection of Edmontonian Arlene Hall. Its debut was at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), which organized the exhibition in 2009. The photographs in the exhibition reflect the transitional period from 1860 to 1899, when feudal Japan was opening to the outside world and yielding to modern influences.
Daniel Barrow, Alison Norlen, Ed Pien | Curated by Nicole Stanbridge
Like the work of all good storytellers, the artists in this exhibition captivate the viewer with their imagined worlds informed by eerily familiar narratives. Through each artist’s distinct vision of humanity, these illusory spaces—in some cases haunted by either memory or mythology—reflect back to us ugliness, despair, complexity, beauty, opulence, and frivolity.
This true story, which took place between 1701 and 1703, embodies the highest loyalty capable of members of the samurai class and dramatically illustrates the finest qualities in the samurai code of honour. It is the most celebrated example of loyalty and warrior ethics in Japanese history.
Chinese and Japanese portrait artists tried to present an image with an inner poetic reality rather than an outward likeness. Their technical approach to portraiture was simplicity, which was in sharp contrast to the photo-likeness of some Western paintings with their problems of volume, light shadow and texture.
Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands 1970-1985
Curated by Diane Carr | Pollard Gallery
Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands 1970-1985 presents the work of 31 ceramic artists working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in the 1970s and 1980s. Guest curated by Diane Carr, the exhibition emphasizes the “back to the land” movement of the early 1970s as the impetus for the explosion of ceramic activity in this region.
Guest Curated by Christopher Butterfield in the LAB Gallery
John Cage (1912-1992) was an American composer, philosopher and artist. It is impossible to define Cage in terms of a single discipline. It may be that his discipline is simply the imagination, endlessly provoked. Cage is best known for developing indeterminacy as the principal method used for creating his work, whether it be sound, text or image.
Contemporary works from Library and Archives Canada
Curated by Carolyn Cook and Eva Major-Marothy
The exhibition is organized and circulated by Library and Archives Canada.
Beyond Likeness: Contemporary Works from Library and Archives Canada explores the evolving concept of portraiture from more traditional representations of likeness to works that challenge the conventions of the genre. In examining issues of history, popular culture, autobiography and perception of self, the works demonstrate that identity is complex, constructed and unfixed.
60 Years of the Associates Championing Contemporary Art at the AGGV
Curated by Mary Jo Hughes and Toby Lawrence, Drury Gallery and Ramp
In Support of Now presents and celebrates the history of the Associates of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, an invaluable group of volunteers, which has been a driving force in supporting the Gallery since 1952.
Artist Talk and Opening ReceptionThursday August 16th, 7:30pm
Curated by Nicole Stanbridge, in The LAB Gallery
Saskatoon-based artist Clint Neufeld creates work that honours the beauty of design and craftsmanship in everyday objects. Ranging from classic engines to fine china design, these objects are not as disparate as you may first think.
The exhibition will feature garments from the 19th century reflecting the pomp and ceremony of Manchu court life and the Chinese aristocracy during China’s last imperial dynasty from the Chinese textile collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The Art Gallery recently received a large donation of superb quality Chinese costume from an American donor Helen Jahnke through the Council for Canadian American Relations.
Throughout a career that spanned from mid-1950s until his death, William Kurelek (1927-1977) and his art have meant many different things to many people. The Alberta-born, Manitoba-raised artist was a painter of innocence and fun, his scenes reminiscences of a simpler and timeless past.
Rick Leong’s large scale paintings create haunting and lush landscapes that hover in the intangible realm of dusk. Influenced by both Chinese and Canadian landscape painting traditions, the themes articulated in Leong’s work begin in the natural world – forests, mountains, meadows and night skies – and become immersive spaces built from imagination and memory.
A View into Private Art Collections from the Region
Curated by Mary Jo Hughes
Victoria Collects features more than 60 major artworks on loan from private collections across Victoria. These paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and drawings by artists ranging from Rembrandt, Andy Warhol, Piet Mondrian, Tom Thomson, E.J. Hughes, Betty Goodwin, to Ed Burtynsky illustrate the immense diversity in collecting styles and approaches that can be found in our region.
Curated by Nicole Stanbridge
The LAB & Centennial Galleries
To throw down can mean many things: to celebrate in a big way, to fight for something meaningful, or to contribute resources to make something happen. The overall spirit of throwing down is captured by the five B.C. artists selected for this exhibition.
Curated by Barry Till
Founders Gallery Dec 2 - May 6
|and| Pollard Gallery Dec 9 - April 29
In Chinese art, there was a high degree of continuity in the range of decorative elements used in the creation of art through successive dynasties. A wide range of motifs and decorative compositions in use have been passed down through the centuries.