Vancouver: New exhibition features priceless private art collection never before displayed publicly
Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection reveals for the first time one of the most important private art collections in Canada, a stunning group of works assembled over the past 25 years by Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. Generously loaned to the Vancouver Art Gallery for this special exhibition, the Audains’ collection features a vast array of art – from exceptional 19th century masks by First Nations artists, to an outstanding set of paintings by Emily Carr that span the entire length of her career, to contemporary works by internationally renowned Vancouver-based artists Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace and others.
The role of private collectors in the art world has always been essential to both artists and museums. Private collections are formed in a variety of ways, yet some achieve particular distinction for their depth, breadth and quality. Shore, Forest and Beyond shows the enormous role the Audains have played and continue to play in supporting the arts in British Columbia and Canada.
Artdaily.org, October 31, 2011