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The Street

June 3, 2023 - September 3, 2023 The Street is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery under the Across the Province touring program and is curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art. This exhibition is complemented by a selection of works drawn from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's Permanent Collection, selected by Steven McNeil, Acting Chief Curator & Curator of Historical and Canadian Art.

The urban street has been an important source of inspiration for artists since the Renaissance, and it remains one of the primary sites for the production and enactment of culture in the world today. As the central space in which private and public realms intersect, the street is an arena where individual gestures and chance encounters speak to the conviviality and pleasures, the challenges and alienation of everyday life. Comprising more than 50 works from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s holdings, The Street includes painting, photography, print and video ranging in date from the eighteenth century to the present. The exhibition will feature work by Canadian and international artists, including Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Allyson Clay, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, and Ian Wallace. 

Image credits (L-R): Roman Vishniac, The Jewish Street, Warsaw, 1939, silver gelatin print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft. | Roy Arden, Flea Market, Paris (from Fragments), 1981–85, inkjet print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist. | Jeff Wall, Basin in Rome 2, 2003, transparency in light box, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa
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