For Canada in the 21st century it is pertinent for us to examine the evolution of Canadian art in the context of modernity. The postwar era 1945-1970 marked the expectancy of the modern as a universality. In 1951 Colin Graham became the first director of the AGGV and over the next thirty years he shaped the institution and its collection as a legacy for all. Victoria as well as the entire country is fortunate to have Colin Graham, with his knowledge, commitment, vision, and leadership. Graham recognised and embraced the generation of artists and thinkers coming out of the war.