The Vancouver Art Gallery’s New Exhibit is All About Breaking Boundaries

Juxtapoz x Superflat brings together 36 artists that explore contemporary art their own way.

November 8, 2016

By Daniela Rodríguez Chevalier / Photo: Urs Fischer, Christian Rex van Minnen, Rebecca Morgan

“It’s alive, it’s electric and it is now,” says Evan Pricco, editor of San Francisco’s Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine and co-curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new exhibit Juxtapoz x Superflat. The show, which made a short appearance at the Seattle Art Fair this past August, is a collaboration between Pricco and Takashi Murakami, a world-renowned Japanese artist who coined the term ‘Superflat’ back in 2001, an art movement that discusses the flattening of traditional hierarchies and the reconfiguration of boundaries that have conventionally shaped meaning in contemporary art.


Paco Pomet, Social, 2016


The exhibit features 36 artists from Japan, Korea, Canada, China, the United States and Europe, like Paco Pomet, Nina Chanel Abney and Madsaki, whose work contributes to the levelling of high and low cultures through the mash-up of street art, performance, sculpture and painting. This eclectic mix of artworks gives the exhibition a vibrant, dark-yet-colourful energy. When curating the exhibit, Pricco wanted viewers to feel as if they were surfing the Internet. “It’s kind of the way people look at art in 2016,” he says.


He Xiangyu, The Death of Marat, 2011


Juxtapoz x Superflat opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery this Saturday, November 5 and runs until February 5, 2017.


2016 Chandran Gallery Witch-Wife
Swoon, Edline, 2016

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