Friday, 13 July 2012

Lifestyle Review: Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery -one of my favourite places to be when I am in Downtown Vancouver. A place full of inspiration, creativity & history. This historical building was built in March of 1931 and twenty years later it has expanded to three times it's originally size. And did I mention they have a fabulous cafe and patio that overlooks a cascading stairwell in the courtyards.

Gallery CafeExterior of Gallery from Main Entrance Stairwell

At this gallery I have seen many outstanding exhibits of renown artists from the past and present. And of course, our famous local artist Emily Carr's permanent collection that is housed on the top level of this gallery. Amongst all the exhibits that I have attended in the last 8 years, my favourites are Andy Warhol, Monet to Dali, Nature & Abstraction by Georgia O'Keefe, Picasso, Van Gogh, the famous Group of Seven & KRAZY Japanese Manga & Anime.

Currently the Matisse exhibit is going on from now until September 30th, 2012. So hurry in and be awed by the beautiful artwork. Don't forget to visit their wonderful "current exhibit mini gift shop" as well as their main gift shop located on the main level of the art gallery next to the membership information desk.

Here are some clips of the past exhibits:
Georgia O'Keeffe
Series 1, No. 4, 1918
oil on canvas
St├Ądtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
Gift of Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 1955
© Estate of Georgia O’Keeffe / St├Ądtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus / SODRAC (2007)

KRAZY! The Delirious World
of Anime + Comics + Video
Games + Art
(book cover) -
Douglas & McIntyre, the University of California Press and
the Vancouver Art Gallery, 2008
272 pages (available May 2008)

Mao by Andy Warhol