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Ian Wallace Talks Series Launches at the VAG

A standing-room-only crowd turned out at the Vancouver Art Gallery last night for the launch of a new talks series about one of Canada’s most influential artists: Ian Wallace.

Presented in partnership by the VAG and the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series, Reading Ian Wallace: An International Perspective consists of conversations that provide a rare opportunity for first-hand insight into the Vancouver artist’s expansive career.

While future talks feature conversations between Wallace and key thinkers in the art field such as Victor Burgin, Stan Douglas and Christine Poggi, the kickoff event in the series featured Wallace himself offering a frank overview of his practice.

Vancouver Sun writer Kevin C. Griffin tweeted one of Wallace’s many insights from the talk: “An artist has two or three big ideas in his life and spends the rest of his time giving them form.” The Vancouver Art Gallery also livetweeted pictures and quotes from the talk at @vanartgallery.

This talks series was created in conjunction with the landmark exhibition “Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography,” on view at the gallery until February 24. The other talks in the series take place January 29 (Wallace with Christine Poggi), February 5 (Wallace with Stan Douglas), and February 19 (Wallace with Victor Burgin).

Admission to these talks is free for VAG members and for students (with valid ID); for non-members, it is $10. For more information, please visit Canadian Art’s events page.

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