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The Collectors Series

Throughout 2013, AGA exhibitions and programs will examine the role of collecting, both institutional and private, and how these collections are reflective of certain times, places as well as personalities.

In this ongoing lecture series, the AGA has invited a small group of Canadian private collectors to speak, in conversation, about their interests, goals and ambitions for their collections. What is evident is that one need not be an art expert or a millionaire to start an art collection. Interest, curiosity and passion are often enough to spark what could eventually be a lasting visual legacy.

Speakers

September 11 | Collectors Series: Claudia Beck with Nancy Tousley | More information >

November 27 | Collectors Series: Dell Pohlman with Kristy Trinier | More information >

Claudia Beck

Claudia Beck
with Nancy Tousley

Wednesday, September 11, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
$15 / $10 AGA Members
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Claudia Beck is an art collector and writer who lives and works in Vancouver. From 1976 to 1982, Beck and Andrew Gruft started the NOVA Gallery to show photographs by such artists as Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, Ian Wallace and N.E. Thing Co. They were the first gallery to show the work of Jeff Wall, and are considered to be pioneers among commercial photography galleries. Beck and Gruft donated a large portion of their photography collection to the Vancouver Art Gallery, a donation which was featured in the exhibition Real Pictures in 2005. The two still support the VAG and continue to collect art. Beck also served on the Board of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver during their building project, and is currently a trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery and has served for four years as Head of the Acquisitions Committee of The Getty Museum Photo Council in LA.

 

Nancy Tousley is an award-winning senior art critic, arts journalist and independent curator, who received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts for outstanding contribution in 2011. She was art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than 30 years and the first Critic-in-Residence at the Alberta College of Art + Design. She has been a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine since 1986. He writing has appeared in magazines such as Artscanada, Vanguard, Parachute, Border Crossings and Canadian Art since the early 1970s and in more than 30 public art gallery and museum catalogues. Tousley is also an accomplished curator, having organized exhibitions for the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum and the Art Gallery of York University, among others.

Dell Pohlman

Dell Pohlman
with Kristy Trinier

Wednesday, November 27, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level
$15 / $10 AGA Members
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Dell Pohlman is a Calgary art collector and self-professed art junkie who has been acquiring contemporary Canadian art with his wife Lauren for over 25 years. The collection contains works in painting, photography, sculpture and video and includes artists such as Micah Lexier, Liz Magor, Garry Neill Kennedy, Gerald Ferguson, Kelly Mark and Chris Cran. Cautious in the early years, the Pohlmans stepped out of their comfort zone and have found that their collecting interest has become more focused on conceptual art. Dell is a geologist with a small oil and gas company, and drives a rusty, 17 year old station wagon because he would rather spend his money on art.

 

Kristy Trinier is a Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta. She previously was the Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, as well as related exhibitions and public art programs. She was also a co-founder of the Alberta Public Art Network. Her previous work experience includes cultural administration; policy and program development; art direction and consultation as well as strategic research and grant writing for cultural fund development.

Trinier holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters Degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands. She is currently undertaking PhD studies at Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien (European Graduate School).