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    Jerry Allen, To Sir, with Love (1967), 2007.
    Oil on canvas, 35.6 x 27.6 cm.
    Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
    Gift of the artist, 2008.

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    Stephen Shearer. Wave, 2006-7.
    Oil, traces of pastel on canvas, 101.6 x 86.4 cm.
    Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia. Purchased with funds from the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Acquisitions Fund, 2007.


Works from the Permanent Collection

January 14 - June 5, 2011

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abraham at 4:17 pm Monday, May 30, 2011

jesus on the dollar bill is money. Somehow an exrta-natural being respresents love, death, and power. Religion is blind. It's interesting that the memonite's of the past accepting payment for work and product is what started this international commercialism that is loved and hated by the people who originally people accepted the idea. The world is corrupt and the christain's of today have to accept they don't have any philosophy which explains life.

hannah at 4:00 pm Saturday, May 28, 2011

the art is... average. i can do most of them

Alixandra from N Van. at 2:49 pm Saturday, May 28, 2011

What a diverse show! Lovely to see the range within the collection.

Rebecca at 1:12 pm Friday, May 20, 2011

I only popped in and hope to stay longer next time. I was delighted to find such a range in the Faces exhibition including some controversial, as well as those from Europe such as Miro. Hailing from Europe, I miss the art over there - this exhibition has re-inspired my faith in Vancouver's art horizons

Suzanne from Haida Gwaii at 1:54 pm Thursday, May 19, 2011

I love the huge portrait Dana Claxton

Jeremy Turk from London, United Kingdom at 10:56 am Wednesday, May 11, 2011

This is an enormously enjoyable and thougtfully prepared brief exhibition of striking and provocative exhibits. Highly recommended.

Mel at 2:29 pm Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Really great work! I really enjoyed it

Akihiro from Japan at 3:04 pm Sunday, May 8, 2011

The room itself is beautiful. I enjoyed.

Dyane Lynch from Ireland, Canada, Japan, Nepal ... at 4:26 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thought provoking is the shortened form. Definitely. Thank you Belkin for showing these images ...

Nori K at 12:39 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2011

the black hole on the wall is fun

Kaya from Japan at 12:39 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2011

i love the peanut guy

nasrin khosrowshahi from emily carr class of 2010 at 11:35 am Friday, April 29, 2011

i think that you should have used the space much more dramatically, it is not an amassement of goods in a grocerystore, come to think of it, grocery stores know more about highlighting and understating its elements, i would give you an F for display

Ammar from surrey, bc at 1:35 pm Saturday, April 23, 2011

i found a lot of the pieces very interesting to look at and felt they presented a great depth of meaning inside them.

Aassem from Cairo, Egypt at 1:32 pm Saturday, April 23, 2011

The artwork is very abstract and unique. My favourite piece is the paper bag helmet and the Mr. Peanut costume.

Belinda at 11:23 am Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Depends on how you see and interpret each piece and see it as art or otherwise...there will be certain pieces that you like and felt provoked to think and/or put yourself in the artist's shoes and ask yourself what he/she was thinking then.

noname from ubc at 4:49 pm Friday, April 15, 2011

great place when youre on acid

ju at 2:50 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2011

interesting works

Kurt Grimm from UBC-Vancouver at 11:00 am Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lots of lovely and challenging pieces; thank you. Yet why is gross profanity and depiction of ugliness (leaning well-into obscenity) necessary in an exhibit in our University? I'd like to bring my kids and won't. Event beyond that...OK, we get it: art is radical and challenges conventions;FREE EXPRESSION trumps everything and =art=beauty=worthy=meaning-full. I beg to differ. I think that lack of moral sensibility and discernment in a public gallery is childish and simply conforms and flows-along-beside-the-blitzkrieg of moral corruption and technosocietal narcissism in our image-intensive, branded society. For your consideration only: Profanity and ugliness does not impart meaning and significance to art, artists or curators.Think about it. What's next?

Vivian from Vancouver at 3:39 pm Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Very interesting

Михаил at 10:26 am Wednesday, April 6, 2011

искусство очень убедительными.

eric from white rock at 1:38 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2011


owen from ytuyuyuyyiyyiyiyiyiy at 4:12 pm Sunday, April 3, 2011


owen from vancouver at 3:50 pm Thursday, March 31, 2011

the art rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lien from Surrey at 10:55 am Tuesday, March 22, 2011

i like it =)

Simon at 3:12 pm Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just so pure!

lulu at 3:11 pm Saturday, March 19, 2011


Mike from China at 2:44 pm Wednesday, March 16, 2011

interesting. very interesting

no one cares! at 1:06 pm Wednesday, March 16, 2011


kolby at 1:06 pm Wednesday, March 16, 2011

this place is funny!?

H.T from Japan at 4:18 pm Friday, March 11, 2011

I really like asshole one because straight orgasm defeated me at grance. I can not forget this emotion.

Vincent from UBC at 11:19 am Thursday, March 10, 2011

I've been to the Belkin Art Gallery several times in the past, and each time I visited the gallery I found myself in awe at the collections being presented. One particular work that I really liked was the Jesus Christ American dollar bill. It speaks volumes regarding the extent of the excessive "god-given right of capitalism" in America.

Yida from UBC at 11:16 am Thursday, March 10, 2011

I like your IKEA-esque furniture, my friend here would to sit in it! What is the hole for exactly?? hmmm Also the Warhol portrait of Mao looks very valuable, it's one of the better known paintings in pop culture.

none of your business 2 at 12:24 pm Saturday, March 5, 2011

i made a spellig mistake so iam re writting it. the dots are astounding you should ask the artist if he would like to sell them[ if he does agree you might want to get him to do again but alot smaller][but to there request of course]

none of your business at 12:20 pm Saturday, March 5, 2011

the dots are astounding you sgould ask the artist if he would like to sell them [if he does agree you might want to do again ecept a tad bit smaller]

Tom from UBC at 1:32 pm Thursday, March 3, 2011

Enjoyed my first visit to the Morris and Helen Birkin Art Gallery, and I enjoyed the collection on display. I especially liked the work of Wieland, Harris and the anthropological portraits of the native peoples. The Warhol "Mao" was also interesting. Must return to look at them again.

AD at 1:45 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2011

very different from usual museums i have been to. It can be a good or a bad thing

M. at 4:42 pm Thursday, February 24, 2011

I did not understand the 4303 number piece. I called it and it ssaid it was not dialed properly.

Donna at 12:41 pm Thursday, February 24, 2011

I found various pieces fascinating. The photographes of first nations people were interesting with saddiness in some of their faces.

ian at 12:14 pm Thursday, February 24, 2011

Eclectic collection-good and not so good pieces. Need to see it again. Overall worthwhile and thought- provoking.

Miho from Japan at 3:39 pm Sunday, February 13, 2011

It was so fan for me

jim macguigan at 4:38 pm Thursday, February 10, 2011

I am facinated by the large black circles. Are in the wall? or off the wall?

sherry from china at 4:02 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2011

wish more works to be showed.

Bob at 4:15 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I find this show to be lazy and problematic. "Faces"? Really? I know there happens to be quite a lot of faces in the permenant collection, but that is no excuse for such a derivative a-political theme. I feel my sentiments are undercut by the colonial segregation of the anthropologically oriented portraits within a separate wing. Please try harder, this should be an institution that promotes critical, transformative viewing.

Melissa Choi from surrey at 1:24 pm Saturday, February 5, 2011

I love this gallery and the eyeballs look real! also i like the treasure painting =)

man hon cheng from vancouver at 4:02 pm Thursday, February 3, 2011

provocative collection!

man hon cheng from vancouver at 4:02 pm Thursday, February 3, 2011

provocative collection!

chelsea from kelowna at 3:44 pm Thursday, February 3, 2011

Very diverse show. Nice to see works from the collection on display.

Michael from Glasgow, Scotland at 3:04 pm Thursday, February 3, 2011

'Paper Bag' is as moving and complex as all the other faces in the exhibition if not more. The subtleties in the nature of the brown paper and in tears surroundung the carefully removed "eyeholes" convey a sense of human-ness, expression, and emotion. I look forward to seeing more from this artist in the future.

Mary at 1:40 pm Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The two dots on the wall together feels like a portal. If it has been alone, it wouldn't nearly be as powerful.A favourite.

Sky Wang at 4:01 pm Sunday, January 30, 2011

my son is happy with the treasure painting. I like the color of Mao.

Madeline at 4:52 pm Thursday, January 27, 2011

Very interesting, I've never seen anything like this before. Art is truely limitless. Thank- you

Trent from Mercer, PA at 12:07 pm Thursday, January 27, 2011

Head like a hole. Black as your soul.

marcel at 3:18 pm Sunday, January 23, 2011

I love your gallery

Sandra Semchuk at 2:36 pm Friday, January 21, 2011

somehow the idea of the hole---the black spot---is seeping into my consciousness of the face thanks for this peculiar experience

NARIKO at 4:26 pm Thursday, January 20, 2011

I like the mr penut costume but it looks unpractical and heavy : (

Candace at 3:58 pm Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I really liked the two black circles. Very intruging.

Rina at 3:58 pm Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I would like to take photos, so that I can have a collection of images to inspire me on my journey down art. It is helpful for my Visual Art classes. Why is there no photography allowed anymore? I could take them last week :(

Brian from US at 1:31 pm Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The big face in paint scares me.

Hassan from Cairo-Egypt at 9:51 pm Thursday, January 13, 2011

A buzz creating opening within art arena.

Michael from Vancouver at 9:14 pm Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Warhol of Mao makes me laugh - ROFLMAO :-)

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