The Vancouver Art Gallery
June | July | August 2013
Celeste Bartos Forum, New York Public Library, New York
11 April 2017
Sheppard Avenue & Don Mills Road, Toronto
Public Art Installation
Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON
18 January – 06 April 2014
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
23 May – 30 September 2012
In this interdisciplinary exhibition, landmark Canadian artifacts from the TMC’s collections are integrated with the work of contemporary Canadian artists creating a dialogue of personal and cultural expressions across time and space.
Vancouver Art Gallery
26 November 2013
19:00 – 21:00
Douglas Coupland is crowdsourcing his next art project and he wants you to participate. Join us from 7-9pm for an evening of drinks, hands-on tower building and a general discussion of that exciting point in creation where Lego becomes an art supply. RSVP to attend!
The Tate Modern, London
09 November 2013
CBC Radio One
04 November 2013
Douglas Coupland has a gift for folding popular culture into novel narratives. His new book is called “Worst. Person. Ever.” – and it’s set partly in the world of reality TV.
New York Times
03 November 2013
Writers in a variety of genres tell us what these new technologies mean for storytelling.
Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre, Toronto
31 October 2013
Interview and reading
Bert Archer & Douglas Coupland
Granville Island, Vancouver
24 October 2013
Serpentine Gallery, London
19 October 2013
Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road, London
08 October 2013
19:00 – 20:00
Meet Raymond Gunt. Foul-mouthed. Misanthropic. Divorced. You might like him. The downward spiral of this TV cameraman’s career path is about to take in multiple comas, unjust imprisonment, nuclear war and forced re-enactments of scenes from Billy Elliot.
Meet Douglas Coupland. Author of Generation X, Microserfs, jPod and now Worst. Person. Ever. No writer captures the mass influence of pop culture quite like Douglas Coupland, and tonight he’ll be on hand to answer your questions, before signing copies of his latest novel.
The Inkpot, Imperial Square, Cheltenham
06 October 2013
20:00 – 21:00
Cult writer of international bestseller Generation X, Douglas Coupland joins us in a rare visit from Canada to discuss Worst.Person.Ever, a deeply satirical book about a dreadful human being with no redeeming value.
Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik
11 September 2013
Onstage panel discussion
The Manchester Art Gallery
At Do It, visitors obey instructions left by artists from Ai Weiwei to Louise Bourgeois. Adrian Searle wrestles with a zip-up poncho and recreates his bedroom floor – but will he smile at a stranger?
Biennial of the Americas
Sternberg Press, Berlin, Germany
A collection of essays on art and culture
By Douglas Coupland
In Douglas Coupland’s writing, the doldrums of a world afflicted by the pains of dotcom booms and busts, the ascendency of subcultures to pop cultures, and the subsequent struggle for identity are counterbalanced by droll, personal, and incisive analyses. This collection of nonfiction essays provides an illuminating meander through what we call culture today.
UK and Canada release of novel: Worst. Person. Ever.
29 September 2013
Douglas Coupland’s Museum of the Rapture was a site-specific installation interrogating life and death and things in between. It was installed in the underground parking garage at Toronto City Hall as part of the Museum For The End Of The World at the 2012 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
Douglas Coupland (born 1961) is a Canadian novelist. Since 1991, he has written thirteen novels published in most languages. He has written on visual art for the New York Times, ArtForum, the New Republic, the Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Moderna Museet and the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian.
“Design Exchange celebrates its relaunch as Canada’s Design Museum with an unprecedented experience: creative disciplines and cultures converge in a large-scale blowout featuring a selection of Canada’s most iconic designers, architects, chefs, filmmakers, and artists.”
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery approached Coupland in the spring of 2010 with the idea of comissioning a major outdoor sculpture. His personal relationship with Arthur Erickson, the architect of the 1987 gallery expansion, and his ongoing interest in mid-century modernism, made the proposal particularily appealing to Coupland.
The Serpentine Gallery Memory Marathon is the seventh in the Gallery’s acclaimed Marathon series. This two-day event will be an exploration of memory, archaeological excavation, historical recordings as well as digital storage and the effect electronic preservation has on human memory. Exploring the overlaps and interactions between artistic practice and scientific enquiry, the Marathon has become deeply interwoven with the annual Pavilion commission. The design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, takes its inspiration from the work of archaeological excavation, as a material unearthing of memory.
Read All Over considers and contrasts the state of language in books and visual art. Though the world is bombarded by words – flickering across LCD displays on computers, on telephones, on dashboards – they are barely there. The words are merely bytes that can disappear with the touch of a button.
The Global Art Forum was launched by Art Dubai at its inaugural fair in 2007. Bringing together art world protagonists for a week of conversation, the Forum has become the region’s leading platform for contemporary art discourse, with a particular emphasis on issues prevalent in the Middle East and Asia.
Translated By gathers eleven literary writers and eleven literary-places and subjects these to an act of immaterial translation: via the voice. The stories run through Ramallah, recollect turn of the century Sofia, remember the space-ship looking-Sheraton Hotel in Doha, wander through the ‘Metaverse’ and end at the end of the world in West Vancouver.
“Any art practice represents the determination of a maker to say something and to say it in ways appropriate to the purpose of the undertaking, and to offer argumentation or informed opinion. Put another way, art is always about something other than the made thing itself. Douglas Coupland’s art practice—accepting that in certain contexts it is necessary to speak separately about what he does in the studio as opposed to the study—is a demanding thing to ponder. It is a practice that is consistently original. It is a practice of striking output. It is a practice of colour and wit, of whimsy and pathos. It is a practice beneficially, unavoidably congested with meaning.”
“My friend just opened the Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto, which is where I got these works, my first real art purchases. They are by Douglas Coupland. I love the juxtaposition of video-game space invaders and Andy Warhol’s Stockholm Big Electric Chair series.”
From the Globe and Mail
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
Ask Samara Walbohm how she’s feeling today and she’ll probably say what she said earlier this week: “Excited. Nervous. Scared.” In fact, she’s probably been feeling that way since May when she and her husband, Joe Shlesinger, signed a five-year lease on an L-shaped, 500-square-metre space down an alley near the eternally funky intersection of Bloor West and Lansdowne.
In the grand tradition of Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies, Tim Burton’s Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Hillaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children, comes Douglas Coupland and Graham Roumieu’s Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People.
Leave it to Douglas Coupland to change the façade of Oshawa’s Robert McLaughlin Gallery with eccentric humour. His new public art installation there, Group Portrait 1957, offers 11 circular shapes that, according to Coupland, “contain concentric rings which are then placed above a painted white metal framework so that in symphony, all 11 forms become ‘transmitters.’”
This autumn, Moderna Museet is giving an overview of the beginnings of modern art. The exhibitions Turner, Monet, Twombly: Later Paintings; Another Story; and de ou par Marcel Duchamp par Ulf Linde offer a unique opportunity to experience the way that painting, photography and ideas came together to create modernism in a collaboration between eye, hand, machine and brain.
Opening night for Yet Another World, the 30th annual Key West Literary Seminar (January 5-8, 2012) will feature two of North America’s most forward-thinking novelists and thinkers. We are delighted to announce this year’s John Hersey Memorial Event: A Conversation with Douglas Coupland and William Gibson.
Tuesday, October 18 7:30pm
Join us for this special event with Canadian multimedia artists and writer Douglas Coupland as he reads from and discusses his latest work, Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!
This work of non-fiction is a crackling and humorous look at Marshall McLuhan, the celebrated social who defined the culture of the 1960s and captured the sense of the emerging new world of global communication with his aphoristic slogan: “The medium is the message.” Coupland will discuss how half a century later, McLuhan’s predictions about the end of print culture and the rise of “electronic inter-dependence” have become a reality-in a sense, the reality-of our time.