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Anthropocene: A curator’s view

December 11th, 2018

Aerial image of an area in a forest that has been clear cut.

Edward Burtynsky, Clearcut #5, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 2017. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto © Edward Burtynsky, 2017

Have you seen Anthropocene yet? On now, this major exhibition, featuring stunning works by renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, gives an evocative portrait of how humans are transforming the planet.

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A new powerful work by Kara Walker

December 10th, 2018

Three black and white etchings of people in silhouette

Kara Walker, Resurrection Story with Patrons, 2017. Etching with aquatint, sugar-lift, spit-bite and dry-point, printed on paper, Print 1: 101 × 76.2 cm, Print 2: 101 × 124.5 cm, Print 3: 101 × 76.2 cm. Purchased as a gift of the Marvin Gelber Fund and Carol and Morton Rapp, 2017. © Kara Walker

Contemporary artist Kara Walker’s work is beautiful, moving and often challenging. She creates black paper-cut silhouettes, paintings, installations and films that explore race, gender, sexuality, violence and cultural identity. You can see these themes in a recently-acquired print, Resurrection Story with Patrons, now on view at the AGO.

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Coming soon: Impressionists in a changing time

December 7th, 2018

A factory with three smokestacks on the bank of a river.

Camille Pissarro. Factory Near Pontoise [Usine Près Pointoise], 1873. Oil on canvas, Unframed: 45.7 × 54.6 cm. Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts/ The James Philip Gray Collection. Photo: David Stansbury

Amazed by all the new buildings changing the city skyline? Tired of scaffolding blocking the sidewalk? So were French Impressionists in the late 1800s. Opening at the AGO this February, a groundbreaking exhibition, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro, and more, reveals how artists were fascinated by both the thrills and challenges of a changing city.

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Femmes Noires on screen

December 7th, 2018

Woman with butterfly wings against a landscape

Betty: They Say I’m Different

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires is open and visitors can’t get enough! Through collage paintings, video installations, photography and more, this powerful exhibition explores how Black women’s bodies are represented in art and pop culture.

To complement the exhibition, we’re showing three films in January that focus on the lives of Black women in America – Daughters of the Dust, The Color Purple and Betty: They Say I’m Different.

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Thank you for making infinity possible!

December 3rd, 2018

Mirrored room

Yayoi Kusama, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice. Photograph courtesy Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

We did it! Thanks to the #InfinityAGO donors and the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, internationally acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama’s stunning artwork, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, is coming to the AGO…forever.

We’re proud that we’ll have Canada’s first Infinity Mirror Room, so art fans today and future generations can experience Kusama’s immersive work. Thank you to over 4,700 #InfinityAGO donors who together raised over $651,180. From all of us at the AGO, thank you for joining together to make infinity happen!

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First Thursday meets AfroChic

November 30th, 2018

Walker Court on First Thursday

Photo by the AGO.

Pull out your platform shoes and bell bottoms! This Thursday, December 6 we’re bringing the grooves with First Thursday: A SOUL Revolution. We’re teaming up with guest-curators AfroChic for a Soul Train-inspired party that celebrates our new exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires. Hosted by Stacey McKenzie, the night will feature fantastic art and music to get you moving on the dance floor by DJ Steph Honey, Domanique Grant, DJ Elle and DJ Dre Ngozi. Read the rest of this entry »

You’re invited: A 90th birthday party for Michael Snow

November 30th, 2018

Portrait of Michael Snow

Michael Snow with Seated Sculpture, 1982. Photo: AGO

Happy birthday, Michael Snow! Distinguished artist and musician Michael Snow is turning 90 years old. We’re celebrating on December 12th with a party in his honour – Snow Everywhere and everyone’s invited! Walker Court will be the site of a performance by the improvisational band CCMC, which includes Snow, Paul Dutton, John Kamevaar and John Oswald. This free and festive celebration will be a night to remember.

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The Massacre’s triumphant return

November 30th, 2018

A Peter Paul Rubens painting depicting a massacre of babies

Peter Paul Rubens, The Massacre of the Innocents, c. 1610. Oil on panel, Panel: 142 × 183 × 1.9 cm, Framed: 170.2 × 213.4 × 21.6 cm. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario 2014/1581

Bold, big and rich with detail, the works of 17th-century artist Peter Paul Rubens have a definite flair for the dramatic. And here’s some exciting news: In October 2019, the AGO will host an extraordinary exhibition of this daring Flemish painter’s ambitious early work.

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Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires is here!

November 25th, 2018

Image of Diahann Carroll

Mickalene Thomas. Diahann Carroll #2, 2018. Silkscreen ink on acrylic on mirrored mounted on wood panel, 182.9 x 152.4 x5.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).

This Thursday, the powerful, vibrant exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires opens at the AGO. And we can’t wait! This show features bold portraits of Black women – including Diana Ross and Diahann Carroll, collage paintings, video installations, photography and several living room tableaux.

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