Monthly Archives: June 2013

Culture Versus Culture

by Amie Beaton

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When my husband first suggested that we pack up our lives in Vancouver and move to France, I was full of excitement. I was thrilled with the idea of living in a place full of culture. Culture, however, is a word that has, for me, changed its meaning throughout the eight months that we have been here. Continue reading

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Tate’s Gallery of Lost Art

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

With the emergence of experimental and innovative ways to exhibit art, the internet has seen its fair share of exhibitions. Websites such as the Google Art Project, ARTstor, gallery websites and other blog or tumblr driven collections of images have filled the internet with opportunities to see works from all over the world. Although many would agree that an old fashioned visit to the gallery beats looking at an image on your screen, no matter the resolution. Despite the various new possibilities of the online medium, these collections have tried their best to stick to the traditional art-on-the-white-wall exhibition method. Online exhibits have yet to offer anything innovative—until now. Continue reading

Cathedrals, Factories and Plenty More Where That Came From

by Joanna Chaffin


If you’re reading this blog I bet you like to look at art, and probably read about it too. I can relate to that. As one of the editors of UBC’s Undergraduate Journal of Art History (UJAH), I’m reading about art all the time.

This year I’ve had the chance to work with author Marcus Jack. He wrote an essay called Cathedral/Factory about how the Tate Modern functions as both a cathedral and factory. What struck me as I continued to read his essay is how the entire act of going to a museum or gallery becomes a sort of religious, performative, or sacred experience. Continue reading

Real Housewives of Vancouver Meet Modern Art

by Jason Smythe

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When asked by Karen, the esteemed editor of this blog, to watch an episode of The Real Housewives of Vancouver that briefly deals with modern art, I was skeptical. Two thoughts immediately popped into my head: 1) How can such a low-brow show deliver any kind of intelligent commentary on modern art? and 2) What can a group of vapid gold-diggers who are more plastic than human possibly know about modern art? The answer to the latter: absolutely nothing. But in regards to the former, this low-brow extravaganza succeeds in revealing two truths about modern art: that it is made strange within popular culture, and that it is often collected as a tool of status. Continue reading

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

by Brandon Chow


Hotels aren’t often imagined in the foreground of transformative pop culture, but the Vancouver Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, paints the storied history of the hotel as the intersection for creative collaboration.   Continue reading