Words Leeta Liepins
As Vancouver grows and redefines its identity with new and fascinating architecture, so does the growth of its acceptance into the elite world of fine art.
Both of these phenomena are linked to the influx of wealth and its accumulation in our city over the past decade. This wealth has encouraged, facilitated and financially supported the arts, artists and architects behind the revival of and appreciation for all things aesthetic.
It is worth observing that this nascent attitude marks a critical milestone in Vancouver’s evolving history. Beyond its soaring architectural marvels, Vancouver has now become a destination for world-class art exhibitions. This is new, and it is noteworthy.
Witness the Definitely Dalí Project currently being held at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery. In addition to the gallery exhibition, there are three Dalí sculptures on display throughout Vancouver, including the remarkable “Woman Aflame” piece at the corner of West Hastings and Hornby streets.
Salvador Dalí rests easily within the cabal of “one and onlys” of the art world. Not only does his art remain collectable but it will undoubtably generate conversation, admiration and approval at your next dinner party. Defined as a surrealist master and one of the most celebrated artists of our time, Dalí’s work continues to sell for surreal prices. There appears to be no dispute about whether or not he was a genius, despite the man’s lifetime of strange antics.
“I’ll be a genius, and the world will admire me. Perhaps I’ll be despised and misunderstood, but I’ll be a genius, a great genius, I’m certain of it,” said Dalí at the age of 16.
No lack of confidence there!
Hosting great works of art adds credibility to Vancouver’s reputation as one of the top arts cities in Canada. The Definitely Dalí Project is a wonderful example of the events that continue to make Vancouver an international destination for so many.
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