Jack Shadbolt: Works from the Collection
Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties

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Opening Thursday, January 8 at 8 pm

Tom Burrows

The exhibition by Vancouver/Hornby Island artist Tom Burrows presents work by the artist from his early career to the present. The exhibition is a timely refocusing of attention on an artist who has made an immense contribution to the development of art in Vancouver, not only as an artist but as an educator and activist as well—in 1975 he received a United Nations commission to document squatters communities in Europe, Africa and Asia, a work that is now in the Belkin’s collection. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Vancouver Foundation, the British Columbia Arts Council and our Belkin Curator’s Forum members.

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Mr. Peanut Campaign for Mayor 1974

Walter C. Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall

Between 1969 and 1974, Vancouver artist Vincent Trasov assumed the persona of the well-known Planters product logo Mr. Peanut as the framework for an ongoing performance art project. Trasov collected all things peanut and made drawings, photocopies, collages, photographs, videos, sculptures, and ceramics to illustrate how pervasive and potent the image of Mr. Peanut was in popular culture. Perhaps his most broadly public project was the Mr. Peanut Campaign for Mayor in 1974 that he devised with fellow artist John Mitchell. This exhibition, which consists of photographs, press material, and ephemera representing the campaign, is timed to coincide with the Vancouver municipal election that takes place on November 15, 2014. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Walter C. Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia, and is made possible with the generous support of the Audain Foundation. Art in the Library offers new perspectives on contemporary art by presenting art that questions our current perceptions about the world around us.

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