Exhibitions from the Archives | L.I.P. Service

This month for Exhibitions from the Archives, we return to 2003 when the Contemporary Art Gallery celebrated its 30th anniversary with the exhibition L.I.P. Service. In the 1970s the Trudeau government started a new project that would be the first of its kind. The Local Initiatives Program (L.I.P.) was a new ambitious initiative lasting from… Read more »


Exhibitions from the Archives | Brian Jungen

As our second throwback this summer for Exhibitions from the Archives, we return to Brian Jungen’s exhibition, which took place both in the interior and on the exterior of the gallery from July 28 to September 23, 2001. Now a well-known artist and currently showing in the UK as part of the Liverpool Biennale, Brian… Read more »


Exhibitions from the Archives | Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir

Throughout summer 2018, the CAG blog will host a throwback series, Exhibitions from the Archives, exploring the gallery’s rich history. To kick it off we begin with Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir’s Beyond Guilt – The Trilogy, (2003-05), shown at the Contemporary Art Gallery from April 7 to June 5, 2011. The duo’s first solo… Read more »


Brent Wadden Pulls the Wool over Our Eyes and Calls it Paint

Brent Wadden’s work is often met with confusion when it’s described as painting. The Nova Scotian artist’s loom-woven works are sewn, threaded and mounted onto a frame, looking more like a multi-coloured canvas than a painted surface. In much of the writing on Wadden’s work, the use of painterly terminology is common and expected by… Read more »


Resource Room videos

The CAG Book Shop, located in the gallery lobby, is filled with various publications and editions which accompany past and present CAG exhibitions. Half of the space has been reserved as a Resource Room containing various reference materials (binders, note cards, and videos) that provide context for the artists who are in the current exhibitions… Read more »


Interview with Lyse Lemieux

Canadian artist Lyse Lemieux currently has two large-scale outdoor works on the façade of CAG and at our off-site location at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. Lemieux’s work is usually executed indoors, using tactile materials such as felt or paint. Her cut-works in felt are often described as drawings, emphasizing the way her practice evokes a balance between… Read more »


Song of the Open Road | Kelly Jazvac by Michelle Martin

For some, there may be something vaguely familiar about the giant image that is currently installed in the Contemporary Art Gallery’s windows. What appears as a huge, empty landscape is actually vinyl from a billboard ad for Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign salvaged by Toronto-based artist Kelly Jazvac. Originally measuring over 70 feet, the billboard… Read more »


Song of the Open Road | Dawit L. Petros by Michelle Martin

“It is a grave matter to leave your land and your people and to go alone to an alien country. Although it becomes a simple matter later, at the beginning, when you think deeply, your heart lacks ease and repose.” From An Ethiopian’s Voyage to Italy at the End of the 19th Century by Däbtära… Read more »


Song of the Open Road | Lisa Tan by Michelle Martin

On February 1st, 1977, Clarice Lispector sat down for her first and only television interview. That same year, Lispector would be diagnosed with inoperable ovarian cancer and would pass away on December 9th, on the eve of what would have been her 57th birthday. Enigmatic and unflinching, Clarice Lispector is undoubtedly one of Brazil’s greatest… Read more »


CAG Young Patrons and Cartems Presents Ho Tam | Curious Cabinets

Ho Tam – Curious Cabinets June 6 – June 30, 2017 Reception: June 22nd, 6-8pm 534 West Pender Street On view at Cartems West Pender location is an exhibition by Canadian artist Ho Tam. A selection committee comprised of CAG Young Patrons partnered with Cartems to select and display the work of a Vancouver based… Read more »


Interview and update with artist Maddie Leach

New Zealand-born artist Maddie Leach is currently undertaking research on the Simon Fraser Monument in New Westminster as part of a project for the CAG’s Field House Residency Program. Leach’s practice is one that seeks ways of making artworks as a means to interpret and respond to specific context, through a lengthy process of enquiry and social interaction establishing… Read more »


Call for submissions: Cartems donuterie in partnership with CAG Young Patrons

Call for submissions: Cartems donuterie in partnership with CAG Young Patrons Application Deadline is April 30th. Cartems is partnering with the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver to select an exhibition for June 2017 that will be presented in our storefront on West Pender Street. Submission details below. We are accepting submissions for either a solo or… Read more »