Vancouver will be the only city in North America to showcase a sweeping collection of art by German photographer Andreas Gursky, whose exhibit opens on Saturday at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Andreas Gursky: Werke/Works 80-08 is a collection of more than 130 photographs dating back to the artist’s student days.
“I know there’s a big art audience here in Vancouver,” said Gursky, who handpicked the pieces for the one-of-a-kind exhibit.
Many of the large-scale prints feature panoramic vistas and bird’s-eye views of landscapes and crowd shots that, when amassed in one exhibit, present the viewer with what Gursky calls an “image-based encyclopedia of life.”
Images include crowded trading floors, political rallies and beaches, as well as production lines, garbage heaps and big plots of land.
They highlight human-constructed patterns in urban and rural landscapes, creating compositions that are both concrete and abstract. The exhibit runs until Sept. 20.