[28 May 2020]
We’ve known for a few months that Vancouver artist Stan Douglas was chosen to represent Canada at the 59th Venice Biennale – the one that COVID-19 has postponed from 2021 to 2022. Now, we know that Reid Shier, director of the Polygon Gallery, in North Vancouver, will act as curator for the exhibition of works by Douglas, whose films, videos, and photographs have been presented around the world for 30 years. An experienced curator – he is said to have mounted more than 80 exhibitions –– Shier is a connoisseur of Douglas’s work, as the two have worked together frequently since 1996. He was also on the National Gallery of Canada jury that chose Douglas to occupy the Canadian pavilion in Venice.