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Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Tale-pieces
555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B6R5
Canada


September 8th, 2011 - October 30th, 2011
Opening: 
September 8th, 2011 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Tail-piece for the long-legged plover, from A History of British Birds, Vol.2, Thomas BewickThomas Bewick,
Tail-piece for the long-legged plover, from A History of British Birds, Vol.2,
1804, Wood engraving
© Courtesy of Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery
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The CAG will present the first exhibition in North America devoted entirely to the vignettes of British wood engraver, artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick. Born in Cherryburn, near Mickley, Northumberland in 1753, Bewick worked in Newcastle until his death in 1828. Clearly influenced by his childhood on a small farm on the banks of the river Tyne, Bewick's love of the countryside is reflected in his detailed woodcuts of animals, birds and rural scenes. Amongst his most ambitious projects were illustrations for General History of Quadrupeds (1790) and History of British Birds (two volumes, 1797 and 1804), both of which also included a great number of vignettes. Bewick referred to these as ‘tale-pieces'. Intended as illustrations of 'some truth or point of some moral' they provide an invaluable insight into social history while also demonstrating the artist's imagination and wit. As such these narrative works will provide an interesting counterpoint to the work of many internationally established artists in Vancouver, engaging in image making which critically examines and reflects on the city and conditions which surround them. The presentation of historical work is intended to challenge our understanding of what a contemporary art space should show and as such reinforces the notion that everything was once contemporary, retaining meaning for future generations, just as much as what is contemporary now will inevitably become historical.


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