The Vancouver Art Gallery, the largest art gallery in western Canada, presents national and international exhibitions of works by a range of artists, from groundbreaking contemporary visionaries to historical masters. Founded in 1931, the Gallery has more than 7,900 works in its collection, valued at over $100 million.
Under the leadership of the Director, Kathleen Bartels, the Vancouver Art Gallery plays an important role in the arts community and beyond, through its exhibitions, special events and public programs.
The Gallery is internationally known for one of its most important holdings: more than 200 major works by the British Columbia artist Emily Carr, the world's most significant collection of Carr's work.
Over the past decade, as Vancouver has become a major centre for contemporary visual art, the Gallery has built a strong collection of photoconceptual work by Stan Douglas, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and other artists; a complete archive of posters by the American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner; and a collection of prints by the American expressionist Leon Golub and the artist Nancy Spero.
Most recently the Gallery has acquired more than sixty works by sixteen internationally acclaimed artists, valued at $3.5 million (CAN). The Vancouver Art Gallery now has one of the most comprehensive photo-based collections in North America, including work by international artists such as Rineke Dijkstra, Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman and Thomas Struth.
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