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Hot Art: Contemporary Master Ian Wallace at Vancouver Art Gallery

Photo by Tomas Svab of Ian Wallace’s “Lookout,” 1979 (detail), collection of Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund

Get yourself to Vancouver Art Gallery to see the works of a Canadian contemporary master in Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography (to Feb. 24). Wallace, who lives in Vancouver, was among the first artists to explore large-scale photography in the 1970s. Since colour printing wasn’t yet available for such big pictures, he hand-painted his black-and-white gelatin prints, emphasizing minimalistic details. Wallace’s cinematic panorama “Lookout” (pictured in detail), composed of 12 prints totalling 14.5 m (47.5 ft) in length, is an arresting example of this technique.—Kristina Urquhart

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