Featuring an extensive body of works produced over 14 years by the artist
The Vancouver Art Gallery’s critically acclaimed and enormously popular exhibition Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is now available for the first time to audiences around the world through Google Art Project. Visitors can browse 74 artworks in high-resolution and experience the exhibition in Google Street View. Debuted at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the summer of 2014, this exhibition assesses the artwork of Douglas Coupland, one of today’s most significant and thought-provoking visual artists and authors. This exhibition has opened in Toronto where it is jointly presented at two institutions: the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Jan. 31 – Apr. 19, 2015) and the Royal Ontario Museum (Jan. 31 to Apr. 26, 2015).
Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, the Gallery’s Chief Curator/Associate Director, Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is the first major exhibition to survey the past 14 years of this Vancouver-based artist’s prolific creative output. Featuring over 100 works across a range of media, including installation, painting, photography, prints and quilts, this exhibition explores concepts of cultural identity, technology’s ubiquity and contemporary life that are central to Coupland’s work as a cultural critic. First displayed at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 to September 1, 2014, this exhibition was well-received by nearly 80,000 visitors. Praised as “exceptional” by Forbes and “crackles with creativity, invention and insight” by The Vancouver Sun, this exhibition has impressed visitors and critics alike.
“This is a groundbreaking project for the Vancouver Art Gallery. We are excited to work with Google to expand our audience by permanently featuring Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything online,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Director. “We hope to engage visitors from around the globe to consider what defines contemporary culture through the artworks of Douglas Coupland.”
“Douglas Coupland is one of the first living Canadian artists to be featured on Google Art Project. It is a compelling and relevant way to showcase Coupland’s art through Google’s powerful platform, as the artist frequently addresses the impact of technology in present-day society in his practice,” said Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director at the Vancouver Art Gallery. “We are delighted to team up with Google to bring the content of this exhibition online, in time to celebrate the joint opening of this touring exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Royal Ontario Museum.”
"We're thrilled to work with the Vancouver Art Gallery to make this unique and important Canadian exhibition available online and accessible to all," said Amit Sood, Director of the Google Cultural Institute. "Douglas Coupland's works challenge us to look at technology, language, information and culture in new ways. Having personally visited the exhibition, I am glad that many others will be able to virtually access the experience as well."
Report courtesy of Vancouver Art Gallery.