The 80s Image

General Idea, AIDS, 1988. Acrylic on canvas, silkscreened wallpaper. Collection of the WAG, acquired with funds from the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation, G-92-191.

UNTIL APRIL 14, 2019

If "video killed the radio star" in 1980, what impact did it have on traditional art media? The 80s Image explores the curious resiliency of painting and still-photography throughout the decade, and artists' responsiveness to the rapidly expanding media landscape-video, television, cinema, satellite and computer imagery, and billboard advertising. In this exhibition, you'll see approximately 50 works by Canadian artists whose paintings and photographs helped to define the 1980s.

Featuring work by
Roy Arden, Barbara Astman, Eleanor Bond, Bob Boyer, David Buchan, Brian Burnett, Sheila Butler, Lynne Cohen, Sorel Cohen, Carole Conde/Karl Beveridge, Douglas Curran, Peter Doig, Stan Douglans, William Eakin, Evergon, Cliff Eyland, FASTWÜRMS, Rosalie Favell, Suzanne Funnell, Suzanne Gauthier, General Idea, Larry Glawson, Jack Goldstein, Will Gorlitz, Janice Gurney, Robert Houle, Natalka Husar, Nomi Kaplan, Wanda Koop, Stephen Livick, Ken Lum, David McMillan, John Paskievich, Alison Rossiter, Tony Scherman, Jeffrey M. Thomas, Marsha Whiddon, John Will, and Tim Zuck.

The 80s Image - Mixtape
Enhance your visit with the Winnipeg Art Gallery's mobile app, featuring an 1980s playlist curated by CKUW, exhibit map, and more. Get the FREE app at the App Store or Google Play, and download before your visit. You can take the Mixtape Tour, or look for audio stops on labels beside artworks and enter the number under "Search" in the app.

The WAG thanks the following CKUW 95.9 staff and volunteers for assisting in the selection of music:

Spencer Chambers, Grant Davis, Darren Day, Nicole Firlotte, Adam Hannibal, Martin Howell, Victoria King, Patrick Michalishyn, Alex Parrott, Ron Robinson, and Rob Schmidt.



Community Partners

Barbara Astman, Untitled, from the Red Series, 1980. Ektacolor print on paper mounted on masonite. 122.1 x 127.2 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, G-81-39. Photo: Ernest Mayer

Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • Culture Days at the WAG

    As a part of Culture Days, on Saturday Sept 29, enjoy free Gallery admission from 11am-5pm!

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11am to 5pm

  • Nuit Blanche@WAG

    Dig out your ripped tights, leather jacket, and scrunchies for a radical 80s celebration at the WAG.

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 6pm to 4am

  • Artist Talk: Ken Lum

    Presented by the School of Art, University of Manitoba, Plug In Institute of Contemporary, and hosted at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, join us for an artist talk with Ken Lum. FREE!

    Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 7pm to 8:30pm

  • 80s Film Nights

    Watch three classic 80s flicks on the big screen.

    Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9pm

  • The 80s Image: Live Broadcast Party

    Experience music from the 80s in the exhibition space with CKUW 95.9 FM.

    Friday, January 11, 2019 from 9pm to 12am

  • Art for Lunch

    Talks, tours, and videos relating to current exhibits.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 to Wednesday, April 8, 2020


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