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“You have to see it move!”

November 13th, 2017

Andy Warhol in Pieces, Jacqueline Mak

This fall, the AGO launches Art Bash, a new annual gala that pays homage to history’s most celebrated art parties. With a new theme each year, our first edition goes back in time to the 1960s with Art Bash: The Factory, which will bring The Factory, Andy Warhol’s New York City studio, to life inside the AGO. To make the evening really “pop,” Art Bash features the work of some amazing artists.

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The art of gifting

November 13th, 2017

The holiday season is nearly upon us, which means a busy calendar of events, twinkle lights and celebratory drinks. But it’s also time to figure out what to get for inscrutable teenagers, have-it-all retirees and everyone in between. Never fear! shopAGO’s Members’ Shopping Week, running November 14–19, makes it easy with extended hours, exclusive pop-up shops and daily food tastings. As always, AGO Members can double their discount this week and receive a 20% discount on all regularly priced items.* New this year, Members can take a behind-the-scenes look at the Art Rental and Sales portfolio with a special Vault Tour! Not a Member? This Holiday Gift Guide makes it easy to select gifts for everyone on your list. Read the rest of this entry »

How to throw a party like a pro

November 13th, 2017

Image courtesy of AGO Events.

Are you on your office holiday party committee? Does the thought of planning it make you flash back to unfortunate karaoke meltdowns? Time’s already running out to plan an event that will appeal to all tastes, personalities, schedules – and don’t forget dietary restrictions.

Beth Bruno, Sales and Events Manager at the AGO, knows the ins and outs of event planning like no one else at the Gallery. She oversees some of the hottest, most inspired parties in town, ranging from intimate dinners to enormous bashes. We chatted with her and came up with some must-have tips for anyone planning a holiday gathering for their co-workers – but they can also be applied to any fête with friends and family. Read the rest of this entry »

Links we’re loving

November 13th, 2017

Photo courtesy of People Matching Artworks.

Want to know what’s happening in the world of art and culture? Once again, we’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds here at the AGO. From the weird to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler talk: Read the rest of this entry »

So you think you collect?

November 13th, 2017

“It’s everything. It’s the single thing that I have done that expresses me the most completely, more than any of my films. Bleak House is the best thing I’ve done.” – Guillermo del Toro

If you’ve visited Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, you might recognize that quote from the exhibition’s introductory panel, located beside the stunning photograph of the filmmaker’s own Los Angeles abode that contains the collection on display. The AGO’s curatorial team wanted his words at the beginning of the show because, at its core, At Home with Monsters is about the relationships between identity, collecting and obsession.

Since the show opened in September, we decided to investigate these ideas even further by talking with visitors to the exhibition about their own collections. Sure, del Toro’s Bleak House is an awe-inspiring monument to the art of collecting and displaying objects and oddities, but we’ve had a few conversations that indicate there might be more Bleak (or Bleak-ish) Houses out there. Read the rest of this entry »

At home with comics, comics and more comics

November 7th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

Anyone who has been inside Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, or has looked at the #GDTAGO hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, will remember the eye-popping colour and magnitude of the Movies, Comics and Pop Culture section – with two walls entirely covered in over 1,500 comic books.

All of the comics, from Eerie to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, are on loan from Toronto’s local beloved comic shop, The Beguiling. We spoke with owner Peter Birkemoe on the match made in comic book heaven between The Beguiling and At Home with Monsters. Read the rest of this entry »

AGO Youth Council goes international

November 7th, 2017

(L-R) AGO Youth Council members Zoe, Roy and Rowan with Sarah Febbraro, Coordinator for Youth & Family Sundays Programs Education at the AGO.

The AGO Youth Council has initiated all sorts of programming for youth by youth for over 10 years, including exhibitions, public art projects, large-scale events, field trips and much more.

One of the highlights of 2017 was participating in Eksperimenta!, an international contemporary art triennial for students that includes the professionally installed exhibition Disruption of Economy, currently on display in Tallinn, Estonia until December 3.

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The gruesomeness of Goya

November 7th, 2017

Francisco de Goya. A way of flying (Modo de volar), Plate 13 from “Los Proverbios”, c. 1819  – 1824. Etching, aquatint, lavis, burnisher, drypoint and burin on paper, 24.2 x 35.1 cm. Gift of The Robert Tanenbaum Family Trust, 1999.

Some of the most haunting images inside Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters come from an 18th century Spanish painter named Francisco de Goya, who was famous for channelling the horrors of war and political upheaval into his paintings and etchings.

Goya lived through a period of unprecedented political change, including the Napoleonic invasion of Spain and the reign of Joseph Bonaparte, followed by the rise of ultraconservative monarch, Fernando VII. As an artist in service to the Spanish court, Goya reacted to the movements he witnessed in his five series of etchings, created from 1778 to 1820, which will be the subject of a talk by scholar Janis Tomlinson at the AGO. The Prints of Francisco Goya: Etching Enlightenment’s Demise will be presented on November 15 at 7 pm.

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Zoom in on the Louvre

November 7th, 2017

Édouard Baldus, Fragments du Louvre, Element No. 395, Folio V, 1855-57, salted paper print, 20 × 21 cm (image), 31 × 47 cm (mount). Collection of Robert Hill, Toronto.  Image © Art Gallery of Ontario.

The Louvre Museum contains some of the most well-known works of art in world history – raise your hand if you’ve waited in line to see the Mona Lisa or King Louis XV’s crown. It is among the largest art museums in the world, holding about 380,000 objects, but there’s also plenty of artwork to take in on the building’s own façade.

Renowned architectural photographer, Édouard Baldus, was commissioned by the French government to capture images of the remodeling of the Louvre that took place between 1855 and 1857, the centerpiece of the massive facelift on Paris’s buildings under Napoléon III. Many of these photographs are now on display in an installation from the AGO Collection entitled Édouard Baldus: The Louvre Folios, 1855–1857. Baldus’s photographs served as aids to architects, models for newspaper illustrators and as snapshots to keep the public interested in the work.

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Mmm-monstrously delicious

November 6th, 2017

When AGO Executive Chef Renée Bellefeuille began to look for inspiration for AGO Bistro’s Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters prix-fixe menu, she went south—all the way to the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico—where the famed filmmaker del Toro was born.

“We really wanted to zero in on the flavours from Guillermo’s birthplace and the tastes of his childhood,” said Chef Renée. “Jalisco is home to many familiar Mexican flavours, and it’s also where any properly made tequila is from. And with this as inspiration we created a menu that would taste like home to him.”

Chef’s three-course prix-fixe is available for lunch ($35) and dinner ($45). Here are some of the things you can try when you visit AGO Bistro:

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