Levine Flexhaug – A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings

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  • At the Contemporary Art Gallery,

    Downtown Vancouver BIA

    A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug is the first overview of the art and career of Levine Flexhaug (1918–1974). An itinerant artist who turned out endless variations of essentially the same idyllic mountain-lake scene, Flexhaug made and sold his paintings on the spot in national parks, resorts, department stores, restaurants, and bars across western Canada from the late 1930s to the 1960s. Painting a landscape fantasy for a society that had been shaped by the Dust Bowl and Depression, he transformed a generic image into paintings of richness and surprising invention. Curated by Nancy Tousley and Peter White, the exhibition includes more than 450 of examples of his work.

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