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Q & A with Billy-Ray

September 9th, 2019

Billy-Ray Belcourt. Image by Tenille Campbell

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a name to know in the world of poetry. He made history as the youngest-ever winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut poetry collection, This Wound is a World. We spoke with Belcourt before his September 10 conversation at the AGO with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and learned about his genre-bending work, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field.

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Beneath the surface

September 9th, 2019

Stephanie Barnes. Image by the AGO

What do you get when you mix an education in chemistry with a passion for art and art history? An art conservator, of course! The AGO’s Art Conservation Department is not only one of the largest in North America, but also a key player in the development of art conservators.

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The Mime, the Model and the Dupe

September 9th, 2019

Valérie Blass, Le mime, le modèle et le dupe, 2019, acrylic gesso, paint, plaster, copper, empty chip bag, jumpsuit, resin, epoxy and fiberglass. Courtesy of the artist and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.

Featuring ten new sculptural works that can be described as witty, subversive, dark and humorous, Valérie Blass’s Le parlement des invisibles is an exhibition to experience in person. Visitors who have been intrigued by Blass’s playful sculptural investigations of the human form will have the opportunity to join the artist tomorrow (September 11) for a conversation about the inspiration for the exhibition, and where her creativity will take her next.

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Art Pick of the Week: Hollywood Indian after Remington

September 9th, 2019

Fritz Scholder. Hollywood Indian after Remington, 1974. Acrylic on canvas, 203.2 x 173 cm. Gift of Gallery Moos, 1975. © Estate of Fritz Scholder 75/59

In North America, the image of Indigenous people in art, entertainment and media has been shaped over the years by different entities – some empowering, many damaging. The subject of much controversy, Fritz Scholder’s bold and nuanced take on the Indigenous experience serves as a powerful reminder that identity is complex – as highlighted in our Art Pick of the week, Hollywood Indian after Remington.  

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Wearable art

September 9th, 2019

Jane Ip, designer of the Harris Collection and owner of Jeanne Lottie. Image courtesy of Jeanne Lottie

The vibrant colours and dramatic lines of the Group of Seven co-founder Lawren S. Harris’s work have found a new home with the Toronto design brand, Jeanne Lottie. The newly released Harris Collection features a series of beautifully designed products printed with one of Harris’s most famous oil paintings: Lake and Mountains from the AGO Collection.

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TIFF + AGO

August 30th, 2019

Still from The Barefoot Emperor, film with sound

Have you spotted any stars cuddling rescue puppies, or grabbing a coffee in Leslieville? In Toronto we know this influx of celebrities means TIFF season is here! Just in time for things to kick off on September 5, we’ve rounded up a list of several amazing TIFF screenings in the AGO’s Jackman Hall. From documentaries to dramedies and everything in between, this year’s lineup is a star-studded showcase of dynamic and diverse talent in all genres of film.

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Please be seated

August 30th, 2019

A Seat Above the Table (Warren Moon), image courtesy of Esmaa Mohamoud

What happens when you juxtapose the straightforward approach of sports with the complex power dynamics and identity politics of race? Ask Toronto-based artist Esmaa Mohamoud, whose towering, regal work A Seat Above the Table (Warren Moon) has recently been acquired and is on view now at the AGO. You may remember Mohamoud for her critically acclaimed works One of the Boys and Heavy, Heavy (Hoop Dreams), which were featured in our 2017 exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood.

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Art Pick of the Week: The Pile Drivers–The Yard

August 30th, 2019

Maximilien Luce, The Pile Drivers–The Yard, 1900. Oil on canvas, 73.4 x 92.2cm. Gift from the Estate of R. Fraser Elliott, 2005. ©2018 Art Gallery of Ontario

Earlier this year the AGO highlighted a pivotal moment in Impressionist history with the popular exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry. There were so many amazing works in the exhibition, but one in particular stood out as a visitor favourite – Maximilien Luce’s The Pile Drivers–The Yard. Because it received such a great response, it is once again on view after a full reinstallation of the Richard Barry Fudger Memorial Gallery (Gallery 125) on Level 1, making it this week’s Art Pick.

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Another night to (re)Member

August 30th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Calling all AGO Members! On September 10, the AGO will be open exclusively to Members from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy the benefits of your AGO Membership and so much more during this special evening. If you’re not currently a Member, become one before September 5 to access this exclusive night, when the museum will be closed to the public.

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