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Born in 1960 in Vancouver, Stan Douglas is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist working in photography, film, music and installation, often organizing complex cinematic and environmental projects that integrate aspects of each of these mediums. Investigations of race, urbanism, social alienation, modernity and development surface in much of Douglas’s work, which has been strongly influenced by the work of Samuel Beckett. Douglas has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows, among them the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, Documenta and the Münster SkulpturProjeckte. Douglas has contributed to a variety of publications on art, including Frieze, West Coast Line, Photofile and Vanguard. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Bell Award for Video Art from the Canada Council for the Arts.
October 2013 : Review: Vancouver Anthology in BC Studies
BOOK AWARDSVancouver Anthology
Honourable Mention in 2011 Alcuin Awards for Book Design”
QUOTES OF NOTEVancouver Anthology
"This book is required reading for those wishing to grasp why art in Vancouver is bent in certain directions but not others."
"Vancouver Anthology was originally published in 1991; the product of a lecture series organized in 1990 by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas through the Or Gallery. The book of essays derived from these lectures quickly became regarded as one of the seminal accounts of the city’s recent art production and integral to a broad understanding of Canadian art.
Vancouver Anthology was a revelation when I first read it and remains an essential and inspiring document twenty years later. It is a model of how histories can be generated from the still-living past and forwarded as a guide to the future. Each of these essays is evidence of original and independent thinking by artists and writers who have worked at the heart of the Vancouver scene. It is first-rate and first-hand art history." —Ian Wallace
“Exactly the type of work that should be published by our own indigenous book industry.”
— Vancouver Sun
”The publication of the second edition of acclaimed artist Stan Douglas’ Vancouver Anthology is a significant contribution to Vancouver contemporary art. Concurrent with this book launch is a group exhibition of works by international artists curated by Eric Fredericksen, which deals with the politics of landscape and other issues pertaining to the notion of Vancouver as ‘lotusland.’”
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.