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Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties

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Golden Boys
Naturalism and Artifice in Homoerotic Photography, 1870-1970

While American physique photographs emerges as “art“in the post-Mapplethorpe 1980s, similar Canadian material has never been the subject of an exhibition. Guest curator Bruce Russell presents Canadian physique studies from the 1950s to 1960s in the context of a larger history beginning with male nudes produced for artists in the 19th century.

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Sixteen Hundred Miles North of Denver

Focusing on the conceptual Arctic works by N.E. Thing Co., who travelled to Inuvik at the invitation of the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1969, this show includes works about the north by Lawren Harris from the 1930s and 50s and works produced by Inuit artists around the time of the Baxters’ visit. Catalogue essay by Charity Mewburn.

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Geneviève Cadieux

Created for the Belkin, Montréal artist Geneviève Cadieux’s video-installation presents a dialogue between two adjacent video projections. The format is inspired by Pier Paolo Passolini’s theatrical text, Orgie, a last metaphorical conversation between SHE and HE. She constructs images that both impose a kind of claustrophobia – forcing us too close – while also promising us an oceanic feeling of release and openness.

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Walter Marchetti and Zaj invitations from the Kenneth Coutts-Smith Archive

Walter Marchetti’s music began its present course after meeting Juan Hidalgo and Bruno Maderna in 1956 and befriending John Cage in 1958. He spent much of the 1960s-70s in Spain as part of the avant-garde formation, Zaj, founded in Madrid by Hidalgo and Marchetti.

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Heart of Darkness
Emily Carr & Jack Shadbolt

Or Gallery

This group of over 18 works from the Belkin Art Gallery Collection will be the first two-person exhibition of British Columbia’s greatest artists.

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Raymonde April
Les fleuves invisible / Invisible Rivers

Québec artist, Raymonde April, uses narrative and personal experience to examine the subjects of figure, landscape and familiar objects in her black & white photographs. Guest curated by Nicole Gingras.

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UBC Masters of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

Trevor Mahovsky, Paulo Majano, Rhonda Weppler
and Victor K. T. Wong

This is an excellent opportunity to view a new generation of Canadian artists.

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Recent Acquisitions to the Photo Collection

Vancouver has been one of the most important cities in the world for contemporary photographic production for over a decade. Given the long history that the UBC Gallery and the UBC Fine Arts Department has had with the artists involved, the contemporary photo collection has, in recent years, become the focus of much attention.

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Zhang Peili and Gu Wenda

This show focuses on the work of Chinese artists Gu Wenda and Zhang Peili, who have emerged from the Jiangnan region in the post-Tiananmen Chinese avante-garde movement.

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6: New Vancouver Modern

Geoffrey Farmer, Myfanwy MacLeod, Damian Moppett, Steven Shearer, Ron Terada and Kelly Wood

This exhibition focused on a new generation of Vancouver artists who produce engaged contemporary work in idioms that are in international circulation: photo-based conceptualism, exploration of commodity fetishism, and interrogations about the status of representation.

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Roy Arden

Arden’s subject is the landscape of the economy, as it appears through the everyday surface of his local surroundings. His large colour photographs are intended as realist tableaux, they depict traces of history in the present as well as the brutal appearance of the new.

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UBC Masters of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

Jonathan Boer, Kevin Dubois, Karin Geiger, Phyllis Greenwood, I Chun Melody Lin and Gerald Penry

An opportunity to view an exciting new generation of Canadian artists working in multi-media, installation, painting, photography and sculpture.

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Théodore Géricault
The Alien Body / Tradition in Chaos

An exhibition of over 80 works by the French Romantic master, Théodore Géricault (1791-1824). These rarely seen treasures were borrowed for an exclusive engagement at the Belkin Gallery from the Musee du Louvre, the Ecole Nationale Superior des Beaux Arts (Paris) and other prestigious French and Canadian museums.

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