Patricia Piccinini: Curious Imaginings

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Imaginings Patricia Hotel Ends December 15, 2018 Open Daily 11am – 7pm Just a few days ago I was lamenting to a friend that, in just three short years of living in Vancouver, I had become jaded by art. I remember when I first moved here, everything was new and interesting. I…

The Universality of Guo Pei’s Designs

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond Vancouver Art Gallery October 13, 2018 – January 20, 2019 This season’s blockbuster, not-to-be-missed show at the Vancouver Art Gallery is Guo Pei: Couture Beyond. The Guo Pei exhibit features everything from Chinese wedding dresses, to religious iconography, to the dress worn by singer Rihanna at the Met Ball in 2015….

Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube

Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube Vancouver Art Gallery  October 27, 2018 – February 3, 2019 About ten minutes into the media preview for Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube at the Vancouver Art Gallery, curator Grant Arnold turned to Claxton to ask her about one of her performance pieces. As she started talking I realized she…

Sketchbook: A Variety Show at the York Theatre

Sketchbook: A Collection of Short Films by Danny McCreery September 20th, 2018, 7:30pm The York Theatre Buy tickets here 19 + only The following interview took place on August 30, 2018 at Moja Coffee on Commerical Drive in East Van between filmmaker Danny McCreery and me, Big City Art. Yes, Danny is my brother, and…

There’s No Place Like Home

A few months ago, I was approached by Dave Gordon with a request to work on a project he had just started. The project was Skeena Salmon Art Fest – an initiative aimed at beautifying Terrace, BC with public art and celebrating salmon as significant culturally, as a food source, and as a tourist draw…

Kerry James Marshall at the Rennie Museum

Kerry James Marshall: Collected Works, will show at the Rennie Museum until November 3, 2018. In order to view the show, you have to book a tour at the Rennie Museum HERE. There is no charge for admission. Here’s a peek into some of his work currently on display there, as seen by yours truly at…

The Paper Bag Princess

  Every little Canadian feminist recognizes the title of Robert Munsch‘s book about a Princess who rescues her Prince, only to find that he is ungrateful and horrified by her paper bag dress. I didn’t have The Paper Bag Princess when I was a girl, but I was pleased to come across this clever piece…

Murakami Storms Vancouver

  It’s February 1, 2018, 8:40 a.m. and Murakami is already getting wired in for the media preview interview at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the opening of his show, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. I’m surprised to see him there so early, before most of the media and staff have arrived. And it’s not…

The Space – An Art Gallery and a Unique Business Structure

Yaletown. It’s about the coolest place in Vancouver and that’s one reason why Jolayne Devente chose it as the location for her gallery. As the brain child behind the unique business structure at The Space, an Art Gallery, it’s part of what she counts on to make the gallery a success. The other thing she counts on…

Eastside Culture Crawl at 1000 Parker Street

The Crawl was literally crawling with art lovers this year – young and old, seasoned and new. I found myself halfway between these extremes somewhere, walking up to 1000 Parker Street to check out the highest concentration of artists’ studios in the Crawl. There are a purported 141 studios in the Parker Street Studios Building…

Every Painter Paints Herself

“Her Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura) shows the artist, through her own eyes; beautiful, graceful, and at the same time confident and powerful” I was thrilled when I found out that Artemisia Gentileschi‘s self portrait was coming to Vancouver. This rare Baroque female painter has long held my fascination and her Self…