Exhibitions and Events
Finite + Infinite
September 10th to November 12th, 2011
An Exhibition in Three Parts
1) Dan Graham (September 10 – October 1)
2) Lawrence Weiner/Ian Wilson (October 5 – 22)
3) Iain Baxter& (October 26 – November 12)
"In one sense, art or 'ideas' do 'reflect' a situation since they are a way of dealing with a situation."
– Kenneth Burke
An exhibition entitled 955,000 (a figure corresponding to the then-current population of Greater Vancouver) opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery in January 1970. That project is now globally recognized as a pioneering institutional initiative. The works assembled in the exhibition had revealed, according to the VAG, "new attitudes to art on the part of the artists," and the exhibition succeeded on its own terms through the display and documentation of conceptual prospects. These prospects were being developed by groundbreaking experiments in North America and Europe from the potentialities of text, context, proposition, and place. On the CBC Radio programme Critics on Air (January 17, 1970), Richard Simmins spoke in support of 955,000, observing: "The total experience, which constantly expands every time anyone thinks or talks or reacts to the show positively or negatively, represents a challenge to established values."
By extension from these remarks, the exhibition Finite + Infinite proposes precise engagements with certain key works — located across an expanded field of experimental visual culture — that emerged from a new generation of critical inquiry circa 1970. This project focuses attention on extensive and regenerative legacies that, through contemporary curatorial practice, continue to develop the endlessly renewable possibilities of public address.
A CAUSA research project concerning the purposeful use of revived curatorial resources — as contained within local art reference library and archive holdings at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University, and the Vancouver Public Library — is scheduled to coincide with the opening of Finite + Infinite.
Curated by CAUSA (David Bellman and Meirion Cynog Evans)
Bibliographic Exhibition: Close Connections
September 10 – November 12, 2011
Available at Emily Carr University of Art + Design Library, University of British Columbia Art + Architecture + Planning Library, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, Vancouver Art Gallery Library
The exhibition traces new attitudes to art on the part of artists whose work attained pre-eminence (globally) in the period 1965-1975.
Our programme foregrounds collectively complex (epoch-making) conceptual / environmental perspectives from standpoints of individual artists. These regenerative potentialities develop by way of profound procedures of critical inquiry that inform a single generation’s projection of itself as a continuous challenge to established values.
Our project concerns the purposeful use of revived curatorial resources – as contained within local art reference library and archive holdings.
Carl Andre, Vito Acconci, Giovanni Anselmo, Art & Language, David Askevold, John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Iain Baxter&, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, Alan Charlton, Hanne Darboven, Luciano Fabro, Dan Flavin, Hamish Fulton, Gilbert & George, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Joseph Kosuth, David Lamelas, Barry Le Va, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Michael Snow, Keith Sonnier, Ed Ruscha, Robert Smithson, Lawrence Weiner, Stephan Willats, Ian Wilson
Bibliographic pamphlet available to download here.
November 10, 2011 at 7PM
Iain Baxter&, David Bellman & Meirion Cynog Evans, Adam Lauder, Mary Williams
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings
November 12, 2011 at 2PM
Artspeak gratefully acknowledges the support of the Vancouver Foundation, The Canada Council, the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, our volunteers and our members. Panel discussion presented in partnership with the Audain Gallery and Vancity Office of Community Engagement at Simon Fraser University.