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Two giants of modern art head to the AGO

February 12th, 2018

Image by the AGO.

When two legendary artists are closely connected for almost 25 years, what happens to their distinctive artistic styles? This question drives Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation, opening at the AGO on February 18. The groundbreaking exhibition is dedicated to the personal and artistic relationship between two powerhouses of abstract painting, American Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) and Canadian Jean Paul Riopelle (1923–2002).

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Family Day pops with COLOUR

February 12th, 2018

Image courtesy of the artists.

It doesn’t look like this drab grey winter is going anywhere soon. Luckily, the AGO is bursting with colourful interactive fun on Family Day. On Monday, February 19 from 10:30 am to 4 pm, put on your favourite colour, escape the cold and join us to celebrate with music, movement and activities for the whole family.

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Can you teach a beginner new (art) tricks?

February 12th, 2018

Image by Samantha Chater

This AGOinsider story was written by Samatha Chater, AGO Communications Officer, about her experience taking Art for Extreme Beginners: Sculpture.

Trying new things can be scary. I’ve always found creative endeavours scarier than say, doing my taxes. Working at the AGO, I’m lucky to see beautiful art every day in the galleries. But this also makes it a bit intimidating to imagine drawing a portrait or molding something out of clay. Thanks to the AGO’s Art for Extreme Beginnings: Sculpture, I recently found out that making art is a lot less scary than I thought.

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Links we’re loving

February 5th, 2018

Artist Yayoi Kusama wears a bright red wig, glasses, red lips, and a pink and black polka-dotted dress and draws a black and white design against a black and white patterned backdrop.

Courtesy of Tokyo Lee Productions, Inc.

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

A special Valentine

February 5th, 2018

A young girl with black hair and a yellow shirt cuts out pink paper hearts, one says Happy Valentine's Day on it.

Image by the AGO.

It’s a wonderful feeling to receive a handmade card on Valentine’s Day. Imagine how it feels to get one from someone from a different part of the world.

After a successful debut last year, the AGO is partnering again with the grassroots networks of women living with HIV for some card-making fun. Running until February 14, families visiting the AGO’s Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre will find all the materials needed to make a special card for someone they love and for a woman living with HIV around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Molding clay (and young minds)

February 5th, 2018

Woman stands next to a table of small ceramics

Artist Ness Lee standing next to some of the small ceramics made at the AGO. Image by the AGO

Some of the coolest programming at the AGO is FREE! That’s right, zero dollars required. FREE After Three provides free programming for visitors ages 14 to 25 in our Weston Family Learning Centre (WFLC). Local artists facilitate the programs, which range from tie-dying and screenprinting to skateboard building and breakdancing and a million things in between. Artist facilitators include Paddy Leung, Alicia Nauta, Kendra Yee, as well as teens from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) alternative school Oasis Skateboard Factory and youth from Unity Charity.

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Beyond Infinity

February 5th, 2018

Yayoi Kusama wears a red wig and purple polka dotted dress in a gallery surrounded by her sculptures and paintings.

Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016. Courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Tomoaki Makino.

Throughout her over 70-year career, Yayoi Kusama has invited audiences to participate in her pioneering visions of infinity, time and space, and challenged how we think about ourselves in this world and beyond.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, on view at the AGO from March 3 to May 27, will be a once-in-a-lifetime show. Drawing unprecedented response with over 100,000 tickets already sold, this exhibition will offer visitors the chance to experience six Infinity Mirror Rooms. But besides these rooms, there will be many other fascinating works to see, illuminating the full career of this celebrated artist. Read the rest of this entry »

Nine Black artists, one show, countless experiences

February 5th, 2018

Rows of ornate black spoons

Souvenir (detail). Chantal Gibson, 2017. 2000 souvenir spoons (metal, silver, copper, pewter). Black spray paint. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is marking Black History Month with the exhibition Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, on now until April 22. In the exhibition, nine Black Canadian artists present works that demonstrate what constitutes Blackness in Canada, but resist falling into place to suit any particular story, especially those commonly told in Canadian history and society. “Taken together, the show is intensely confrontational, and unfamiliar turf for a museum more accustomed to walking softly,” critic Murray Whyte wrote in the Toronto Star.

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To the moon and back

January 29th, 2018

Black and white photograph featuring a plaster cast of a drawing of the moon's surface

James Nasmyth, photographer, Mercator and Campanus Plate XV from The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite, 1874. Woodburytype, Image: 17.7 x 13.5 cm, Sheet: 27 x 20.4 cm, Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm. Purchase, with funds donated by Stephen Brown and Brenda Woods, 2012. 2011/288 © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Tomorrow is a celestial triplet – a blue moon, supermoon and a lunar eclipse. With the moon on our minds, it’s the perfect time to feature some of our beautiful photographs of the moon.

Our fascination with the moon and galaxies did not begin with a man walking on the moon. For thousands of years, astronomers have tried to understand the mysteries of the universe. But images of the moon only began to circulate widely with the arrival of photography. In the late 1800s, photographers and astronomers used creative methods to capture the splendour of Earth’s orbiting sidekick. Three of these hybrid artist/astronomers, James Nasmyth, Maurice Loewy and Pierre Henri Puiseux, are currently on view in the AGO’s Odette Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »