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  1. Rodney Graham. Exhibition catalogue. 136 pages, colour and b/w images. Hard cover. Essays by
    Jeff Wall, Matthew Teitelbaum, Boris Groys, Marie-Ange Bayer, Émile van Balberghe and
    Yves Gevaert. $60.00 / SOLD OUT
    ISBN# 0-921972-12-1 — To order contact:, tel. 604.822.2759,
    fax. 604.822.6689.

Rodney Graham

27 January—2 March 1996

Rodney Graham is one of Canada’s most inventive and innovative artists. His exhibition, organized by York University, Toronto and the Renaissance Society, Chicago will be the largest exhibition of his work shown in Canada to date. The exhibition, augmented for Vancouver, will be the first showing of Graham’s in Vancouver, the city where he was born and lives, since 1988.

The exhibition features Graham’s massive installation piece The School of Velocity, a twenty-four hour musical composition that plays on a Yamaha Disklavier. As well, the gallery will install works related to Graham’s work on Freud and Wagner’s Parsifal. The gallery is involved in producing two new works for the exhibition. A tape of Graham’s Freud lecture will be produced and a poster for the performance of his Parsifal. In collaboration with students from the U.B.C. School of Music, sections of Parsifal will be performed during the exhibition. Graham’s score is a time based elaboration of some bars of Wagner’s music that begins in 1882 and will be complete in 3,969,364,735 AD. Using a computer, a small section of the score will be realized in the real/imaginary time of the score. A poster announcing the performances is being produced as a limited edition print as a fund-raiser for the gallery.

Support and funding for this exhibition was generously provided by the government of Canada, the Canada Council, 3M, Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. and the Government of British Columbia through the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689