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Vancouver Art Gallery hosts major exhibit of Walker Evans photographs

A copy of a silver gelatin print titled "Roadside Sign near Birmingham, Alabama, 1936" is shown in this handout photo.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Vancouver Art Gallery, Private collection - Walker Evans *MANDATORY CREDIT*
October 23, 2016 - 6:00 AM

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Art Gallery is set to open what it says is the most comprehensive exhibition of work by the influential American photographer Walker Evans ever shown in Canada.

"Walker Evans: Depth of Field" features more than 200 photos from the 1920s to the '70s. Many of them have become iconic, made in the U.S. South during the Great Depression.

The show runs from Oct. 29 to Jan. 22.

It originated last year at the Josef Albers Museum Quaddrat in Bottrop, Germany, before moving to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta this past summer. The two institutions organized the exhibition in collaboration with the Vancouver gallery.

Gallery director Kathleen Bartels said Evans's work holds "a special significance" in Vancouver.

"Evans's emphasis on the everyday and his historically inflected vision have been a model for generations of photographers and an important point of reference for Vancouver-based artists to this day," she said in a release.

Exhibition curator John Hill and Josef Albers Museum director Heinz Liesbrock will discuss Evans's work during public tours on Oct. 29.




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