Private Eyes, What Artists Collect
Exhibitions exploring the City of Vancouver Art Collection, managed by the Contemporary Art Gallery since 1971, have been the feature of our summer program during the past two years. This year the Gallery is taking a different approach to the idea of art collecting by focusing on art that has been collected by artists. Artists often acquire work through a variety of means such as trades, purchases from colleagues and through supporting the art auctions that are an essential means of raising funds for many non-profit galleries. The artists invited to share their collections in Private Eyes represent a diversity of sensibilities in their own work and in what they have collected. Selected works from five Vancouver artists' collections will be featured: Christos/ Sophie Dikeakos, Gisele Amantea/Peter White, Ken Lum/Denise Oleksijczuk, Hank Bull/Kate Craig, and Renee Van Halm.
In this exhibition the artists will also be assuming the role of curator. Each artist has been asked to select works from their own collection and to determine how they will be installed within their allotted space in the Gallery. Each collection will be arranged as a personalized grouping rather than the usual presentation of individual works standing on their own. Artists as collectors are often overlooked in considering how art collections are traditionally developed; Private Eyes brings a new perspective to this important aspect of the art-world.