Let’s talk about art, baby. This afternoon we will be exploring two incredible artists who were both lucky to have a featured stage in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The first needs no introduction, Pablo Picasso has some serious name recognition. When a Picasso exhibition travels around the world to visit you in your home town, you immediately buy tickets. The second artist may not have the same around-the-world pop-culture name brand recognition, but Douglas Coupland is Vancouver’s most famous artist. These two have shared the same gallery space – two years apart – and today they’re going to share this post.
Art means many things to many people. Those who create art place a mirror up to the world and reflect it through their own impression. There are some artists who transcend the art world to become icons known around the world. Van Goh, Michaelangelo, Picasso, or Banksy are from different eras, yet all their names can conjure up an image of art. Douglas Coupland is one of Vancouver’s most iconic artists. Coupland has written several novels – such as Generation X – as well as many large-scale sculptures and paintings. He has an outside-the-box way of sharing his version of the world.
The Vancouver Art gallery is located in the middle of downtown Vancouver and is one of the top places to experience art in the city, especially when one of the world’s most famous artists is on display. Before we move on to Picasso, let’s have a quick talk about Douglas Coupland, our other honoured guest today.
Douglas Coupland; “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything“
The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is the largest art gallery in western Canada, with a 15,000 square-meter floor plan to house both its permanent and traveling exhibitions. While the museum is beautiful, the reason we’re here is the artists.
This would be the first major survey exhibition of Douglas Coupland. This was a major accomplishment for one of Vancouver’s most famous artists to feature in his hometown. His work generally focuses on some very futuristic themes and has tendancy to share a commentary on culture.
Coupland was given the main gallery space in 2014 to showcase this exhibitiob, which was known as “everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything“.
The Vancouver Art Gallery has a long history in the city. It has had several homes since its inception in 1931, expanding and moving over time. The Vancouver Art Gallery has been designated as a National Historic Site, located inside the former Vancouver Law Courts, which was converted into its current museum space in the 1980s. The current space was part designed by Arthur Erikson, a prominent local architect who helped to create Robson Square and the current Vancouver Law Courts.
“Picasso; The Artist and his Muses“
Picasso is a name that can be used interchangeably with “artist”. Pablo requires little introduction. He is one of the few historic figures who crosses the boundary of the art world and enters the general collective knowledge of pop culture. His works are distinct and beautiful. Today we’re focusing on Picasso’s stopover 2016 in Vancouver.
This was an incredible experience. exhibition was currated by Katharina Beisiegel, and became a popular place for both locals and tourists to visit in the heart of the city. The exhbition – Picasso: The Artist and his muses – focused on the many women in his life who inspired him during his prolific career. This exhibition included over 60 items from the artist, which included sketches, sculptures, and several famous full-colour paintings.
This collection was put together to shine the spotlight on 6 of the most important women in Picasso’s life. He famously spent time with several different women in his life, ranging from lovers to wives and each of them played an important role in the creation of his art. The exbit covers some of the most important eras of his life from 1906 to 1973.
The women featured in this exhibition were: Fernande Olivier (his first love), Olga Khokhlova (his first wife), Marie-Thérèse Walter (his most famous), Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot, and Jacqueline Roque (his second wife). His styles changed often when a new woman would enter the picture and each of them played an important role in the development of his art.