Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Downtown Jazz Weekend, June 25-26

Jazz Fest Saturday - 07

The following article was submitted by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

Downtown Jazz kicks off the opening weekend of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest featuring 29 ensembles on 3 stages.

The widely beloved Downtown Jazz Weekend is back at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza June 25 & 26 as a part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Downtown Jazz Weekend, June 25-26

Vancouver Art Gallery’s Hot New Summer Season

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Photographer Harry Callahan’s exhibit starts June 11

Art aficionados will surely be impressed by seven diverse exhibitions planned to roll out over the next new months. Continue reading:
Vancouver Art Gallery’s Hot New Summer Season

FUSE meets MashUp in Vancouver’s art party of the year!

(left) Milton Lim, okay.odd, photo: Tim Matheson (right) RARUFU, courtesy of the artist.

(left) Milton Lim, okay.odd, photo: Tim Matheson
(right) RARUFU, courtesy of the artist.

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture is the most ambitious exhibit in the history of the Vancouver Art Gallery. All four floors of the gallery are taken up with the show, which includes mindblowing examples of mash-up culture since the 1800s.

Put this audacious exhibit together with the VAG’s art party FUSE and you have FUSE: This is Now, surely the art party event of the year, at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.) April 15.

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FUSE meets MashUp in Vancouver’s art party of the year!

Biggest Exhibition Ever at Vancouver Art Gallery Opens: MashUp

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (SmashUp), 2016 site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (SmashUp), 2016 site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

When an exhibition includes everything from masterpieces by Pablo Picasso to masterpieces by Quentin Tarantino, it’s got to be big.

The Vancouver Art Gallery has officially opened its biggest exhibition ever, MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture. Featuring nearly 400 works of art by 156 different artists and filling all four floors of the gallery, the exhibition is a whirlwind tour of some of the most innovative, envelope-pushing “mashup” art from the early 1900s to today.

Just what is a mashup? In this case, it’s used to describe works of art that somehow incorporate found materials from everyday life or even other works of art. Some of the earliest examples can be traced to the early 20th century. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque pioneered a new technique of integrating pieces of wallpaper, newspapers and other materials right into their paintings and sculptures.   Continue reading:
Biggest Exhibition Ever at Vancouver Art Gallery Opens: MashUp

Dramatic Redesign Proposed for Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

An artist's rendering of the proposal

An artist’s rendering of the proposal

The plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery has always been a popular gathering place in Vancouver … but never an especially convenient one.

For starters, there’s a big fountain in the middle of it that eats up lots of the available space. Scraggly trees offer some leaf cover but create a claustrophobic feeling. And then there’s all that bark mulch on the ground, which no one has ever liked.

These shortcomings and more are addressed in a new plaza redesign proposal currently being considered by the city. The plan, submitted by Nick Milkovitch Architects, calls for completely opening up the plaza and creating an airy, European-style public setting. It’s minimal, straightforward and quite possibly exactly what the site needs.  Continue reading:
Dramatic Redesign Proposed for Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

New Design for $350-Million Vancouver Art Gallery Revealed

Rendering sourced from Vancouver Art Gallery

Rendering sourced from Vancouver Art Gallery

The conceptual design for a new Vancouver Art Gallery has been released, and it’s a head-turner.

The 12-storey gallery rises from its new home adjacent the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in a series of boxy tiers – like a jumble of gift boxes waiting to be unwrapped. The whole structure sits on four, stilt-like pillars. Not to mention, it’s covered mostly in wood – a stark contrast from the mirrored glass and steel buildings that dominate Vancouver’s downtown core.

The 310,000-square-foot building is aiming to become the new home of the Vancouver Art Gallery, which has outgrown its long-time home on Hornby and Georgia Streets downtown. Construction is planned to start in 2017, with a 2021 opening date. Continue reading:
New Design for $350-Million Vancouver Art Gallery Revealed

Vancouver Art Gallery and Burrard Arts Foundation co-present FAÇADE 2015, Sept. 4-7

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credit: Sonny Assu, artist rendering for Façade, 2015

FAÇADE 2015, a monumental projection mapping project and outdoor architectural intervention, is set to transform the Robson Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery with the work of Vancouver-based artists from September 4 to September 7, 2015.

Organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, this public art project will feature newly commissioned works by artists Sonny Assu, Ed Spence as well as the WALLPAPERS artist collective.

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Vancouver Art Gallery and Burrard Arts Foundation co-present FAÇADE 2015, Sept. 4-7