Gallery Exhibition Schedule
|Selected Stories: 1980-2020
October 28 - November 21, 2020
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Richmond Art Gallery. Highlighting the RAG’s remarkable journey, Selected Stories: 1980 – 2020 showcases a selection of works from the Richmond Art Gallery permanent collection including early works by established B.C. artists such as Wayne Ngan, Susan Point and Gu Xiong.
The permanent collection contains nearly 400 works of art in a variety of media, collected from 1982 to 2020. Most works were donated by artists exhibiting at the Gallery, while others were purchased by the Gallery or donated by members of the community. In the RAG’s early years, exhibitions changed bi-weekly and the permanent collection grew rapidly in the 1980s and 1990s.
With Selected Stories, the RAG is delighted to be able to show several works not previously exhibited at the Gallery, such as two remarkable abstract works by renowned B.C. artist Toni Onley. Donated by a Vancouver based art collector in the 1990s, these works were never part of an exhibition and are being shown for the first time. The works are part of the abstract series of works Onley painted in the 1960s, which established him as one of B.C.’s most important artists.
Also featured are prints by Canadian printmaker Anna Wong, from her series Great Wall. In describing this series, Wong said, “With the opening of China to the West, I became interested in my parent’s birthplace and country and was excited to portray the Chinese landscape. In my previous art I had been interpreting nature as I saw it close at hand. Now I was seeing nature in its relationship to a very large architecture, one of the greatest collaborative works in the world.” Selected Stories includes two prints from Great Wall, exhibited for the first time since Wong’s solo exhibition in 1987.
Note: Current COVID-19 guidelines limits the number of visitors permitted to enter the exhibition at one time. For more details, review the reopening procedures.