Saturday, September 20, 2014

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The CASV has partnered with the Surrey Art Gallery to present its members with a curator tour and reception.  Join us at the Surrey Art Gallery to take in a tour of the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition entitled Flora & Fauna. Curated by Ann Thomas and Andrea Kunard, the CASV is pleased to announce that Ann Thomas will lead the tour of this exhibition. Thomas is a curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Canada.

About the exhibition:

FLORA AND FAUNA: 400 years of artists inspired by nature

Organized with the CASV, the National Gallery of Canada and the Surrey Art Gallery.

September 20 to December 14, 2014

Nature has been an enduring subject for artists across time and cultures. From the ancient garden frescoes at Pompeii to Dutch still-lifes, 19th century botanical studies and 21st century land art projects, nature has been either a simple fact of life or a source of curiosity, consolation, and spiritual regeneration. Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature explores the natural world through paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and crafted objects. Responding to the richness and diversity of plant life and the creatures that occupy natural spaces, the artists in this exhibition express nature’s complexity and fragility in a variety of ways—from the epic and analytical to the detailed and intimate. This exceptionally varied exhibition, drawn mainly from the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, features 74 works dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Presenting a wide variety of media, scale, and style, it features the work of many great Canadian and international artists, including Shary Boyle, Jim Breukelman, Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Frederick Evans, Lucian Freud, Lorraine Gilbert, Geoffrey James, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

About the Surrey Art Gallery:

Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region. Internationally recognized, the Gallery showcases diverse artistic practices, including digital and audio art, by local, national and international artists. Gallery interpretive programs include talks, symposia, demonstrations, workshops and school programs with artists, educators and other specialists.

Surrey Art Gallery’s mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, as expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process. It accomplishes these aims through exhibitions, programs, and publications of contemporary art. To meet its mandate, the Surrey Art Gallery also acquires, manages, researches, preserves, and exhibits work from its contemporary art collection, held in trust for present and future citizens of the City of Surrey. The Gallery focuses on contemporary art made since 1975.

Surrey Art Gallery is a municipal art gallery, supported by the Surrey Art Gallery Association and funding from individuals, organizations, and operating and project grants from the Arts Council of British Columbia and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Image Credit:

Aganetha Dyck and Richard Dyck, Hive Scan 14 (2001-2003) photograph.

Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada and the artists.