The Vancouver Art Gallery has mined its comprehensive archive to produce an exciting new exhibit on one of Canada’s most iconic artists.
Opening tomorrow (September 30) and running for a full year, Emily Carr: A Room of Her Own sees the late British Columbia painter’s works displayed chronologically in a single room.
The Vancouver Art Gallery has been a longtime supporter of Carr, and has housed well over 100 exhibits dedicated to her work. With that in mind, A Room of Her Own looks at Carr’s art practise through the years (she died in 1945), as well as the gallery’s own relationship with her in the decades since.
Featuring a rotating selection of charcoal and oil on paper works, this exhibition focuses on four areas of Carr’s life and career: her early education; the gallery’s first significant acquisitions of her work; the gallery’s efforts to conserve Carr’s paintings; and the role that the gallery’s collection of over 250 Carr pieces played in its decision to move to a new purpose-built space.
Fans of Carr’s watercolour and oil on canvas work will be thrilled to see some of her lesser-known pieces on display. And those not familiar with her oeuvre will surely still find something to connect with in her light brushstrokes, her rich use of colour and form, and her love for this landscape we call home.
When: September 30, 2023 to September 8, 2024
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery