March 2, 2018
Though it may not be time to slap on the sunscreen and dig out your flip-flops, we think spring is the perfect time to take advantage of the local and international art currently on display around Vancouver. From the Equinox Art Gallery to the Rennie Museum, we have your local art tour covered. Here is our roundup for the top five gallery goings guide for spring 2018 below.
NORTH SHORE ART CRAWL March 10 & 11, 2018
The Annual North Shore Art Crawl is back in its eighth year showcasing and celebrating unique artistic creations from over 280 local artists. The free event takes place on March 10 and 11 from 10:00am – 5:00pm at various locations. The crawl started in 2011 when two local artists, Norman Vipond and Sandrine Pelissier, wanted to create a way to support local and make art more approachable to the community. The crawl highlights all forms of art including textiles, jewellery, pottery, graphic design, sculpture, painting and glass. To view the entire list of locations, click here.
EQUINOX ART GALLERY March 3 – April 7, 2018
Art and wine. Need we say more? The lesser known Equinox Art Gallery is currently featuring two exhibitions that are running from March 3 – April 7, 2018, that you can peruse will sipping a glass of wine. The exhibition ‘Made Still’, with works from various artists, features still-life prints with vivid colours and textures. Bobbie Burgers is also featured at the gallery for her work titled ‘New Work.’ Her distinct style merges abstraction with representation in increasing degrees, with acrylic on canvas paintings. For more information about the exhibitions, click here.
CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY (CAG) January 12 – March 25, 2018
Spend an afternoon at the longest standing independent public art gallery in Vancouver dedicated to presenting visual art, the Contemporary Art Gallery. Currently the gallery is showcasing Vancouver-based artist Brett Wadden’s ‘Two Scores’, which has been running since the beginning of 2018. The exhibition is dominated by singular woven statements upon the floor and walls, exaggerated by their dramatic scale and graphic simplicity. The exhibition is running until March 25 and admission is free. Click here to learn more.
VANCOUVER ART GALLERY (VAG) February 3 – May 6, 2018
Looking for gallery going that gives back? Every Tuesday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, enjoy admission by donation to the Vancouver Art Galley (regularly $24 per adult). Currently on display is the edgy ‘The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg’, the first major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s paintings to be shown in Canada. The exhibition includes more than 50 paintings and sculptures, including new, never-before-seen works. Takashi’s exhibit gets its unusual name from an ancient Japanese parable, tako ga jibun no ashi wo kurau. In literal terms, this refers to the situation in which one survives by feeding on or sacrificing oneself. To learn more about the exhibition at the VAG, click here.
RENNIE MUSEUM March 1 – March 31, 2018
Located in the historic Wang Sang building (the oldest building in Chinatown), this museum was opened in 2009 to showcase the Rennie Collection, by principal founder, Bob Rennie. The collection is dedicated to the acquisition of both emerging and established international artists. Currently at the Rennie Museum is Yoko Ono’s MEND PIECE, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City Version, 1966/2015. The exhibition, first conceptualized in 1966, immerses visitors into a dream-like state with an intimate space designed for creative expression. Upon entry into the all white space, visitors are encouraged to take a seat and reassemble fragments of ceramic coffee cups and saucers using glue, twine and tape. Mend Piece encourages the participant to turn broken fragments into something that prevails its own violent rupture. The piece pays homage to Yoko Ono’s famous words “Mend with wisdom, mend with love. It will mend the earth at the same time.” The dynamic exhibition, running from March 1 – March 31, is open free to the public, through engaging guided tours and accompanied with an espresso bar. For more information, click here.
FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM ART TOUR Ongoing
Even before you enter Fairmont Pacific Rim, you will be captivated by its exterior. Wander through the hotel’s growing international art collection, including various public art pieces and architectural details at the property, beginning outside and gradually coming back inside to the hotel. The hotel is designed by James Cheng, the architect whose green glass towers helped create the term “Vancouverism” and combines the best of Asia and the West Coast in its design. Under the direction of owner/developer, Westbank Projects Corp., the collection is not themed, rather driven by interest and passion. Started in 2010 with the hotel’s opening, the collection includes works by Neil Campbell, James Cheng, Liam Gillick, Fred Herzog, Zhang Huan, Ian Wallace and Joseph Wu, and underlines a deep commitment to bringing art and artists into all aspects of the hotel’s design and development. For more information regarding the art tour, click here.