The Vancouver Art Gallery has announced its 2009 schedule including a number of shows focusing on local work.
"How Soon Is Now" is a large group show that takes a look at the contemporary arts scene in British Columbia.
"Western Landscapes" showcases the work of Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes, Ann Kipling and Gordon Smith through the prism of, yes, the landscape of Western Canada. Given the VAG's holdings and the artists' deep connection to the subject, this should be a worthwhile grouping.
Reece Terris' "Ought Apartment" is a large scale installation (slated for the rotunda) that explores our relationship with architecture and our living spaces through decades worth of apartments outfitted with period materials. This show promises to be excellent.
Emily Carr also features in a show comparing and contrasting her work with Jack Shadbolt's, apropos considering her influence on his early career.
The exhibition schedule is rounded out with "Legacies of Impressionism in Canada", "Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art" and "Enacting Abstraction".