Callahan Collection Donated to Vancouver Art Gallery

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Harry Callahan, Eleanor, Chicago, 1949. Courtesy the Vanouver Art GalleryHarry Callahan, Eleanor, Chicago, 1949. Courtesy the Vanouver Art Gallery

The Montreal-based Larry and Cookie Rossy Family Foundation has donated 556 photographs by Harry Callahan to the Vancouver Art Gallery. The gallery now has the second-largest holdings of the artist in the world, and a major Callahan exhibition is planned for 2016, which will mark the 40th anniversary of his 1976 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

Callahan’s work ranges from documentary-style street photography to minimalist images of nature and intimate photographs of his wife, Eleanor.

The Callahan collection marks the largest photography donation to the Vancouver Art Gallery, which recently announced that Herzog & de Meuron would be the architects for the design of its new, expanded building.