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Strike a pose

September 17th, 2018

image of a woman in a white dress wearing a monocle on her right eye

Unknown. The Monocle Mode. The eyeglass, the wearers of which were once regarded as “superior persons”, has staged a successful return to social life without the stigma of superiority attached to its use, 1920s-1930s. Gelatin silver print. Anonymous Gift, 2008. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario

It’s a busy time for fashion fans. The Fashion Weeks in Toronto and New York recently wrapped up. London Fashion Week is now underway and in just a few days, Milan Fashion Week kicks off.

To celebrate Fashion Month, we’ve gathered a selection of works in the AGO Collection featuring some rather chic fashions. From the luxurious and bejewelled to beach fashion, here are some stylish artworks for the sartorial-minded.

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New contemporary acquisitions

September 17th, 2018

Bronze body on the floor

Danh Vo, Gustav’s Wing, 2013. Bronze; Head: 20 x 27 x 16 cm, Torso: 57 x 42 x 23 cm, Right arm: 40 x 23 x 18 cm, Left arm: 42 x 51 x 13 cm, Right leg/lower body: 64 x 51 x 27 cm, Left leg: 70 x 18 x 13 cm. Long-term loan of Eleanor and Francis Shen. © Danh Vo

Turn off social media is a new display of highlights from the AGO Collection and recent acquisitions, such as Gustav’s Wing by Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vō. (Vō’s work was recently discussed in our chat with Eleanor Shen.)

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September in the arts scene

September 14th, 2018

New MOCA Toronto building. Photo by Arash Moallemi.

New MOCA Toronto building. Photo by Arash Moallemi.

It’s a busy time at the AGO. Between our critically acclaimed exhibition Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental (on until October 21) and preparing for our major fall show, Anthropocene (opening September 28), we’ve got a lot going on.

And we’re not alone. Toronto’s arts and culture scene is jam-packed with amazing events this fall. From museum openings to literary festivals, fashion exhibits and more, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks to check out this month.

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Bold portraits of Black women

September 11th, 2018

Collage painting with three women seated

Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires, 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 304.8 x 731.5 cm. The Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection © Mickalene Thomas / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Black women in Mickalene Thomas’s art demand to be seen. See for yourself this November when the AGO presents the celebrated artist’s first Canadian solo exhibition.

Thomas’s portraits of celebrities, including Diana Ross and Diahann Carroll, as well as friends, former lovers, figures from art history and the artist herself, spark urgent questions about race and how Black women’s bodies are represented.

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Anthropocene is almost here!

September 11th, 2018

Image of cleared land and a coal mine

Edward Burtynsky, Coal Mine #1, North Rhine, Westphalia, Germany, 2015. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas

We’re getting excited! In just 17 days, our major fall exhibition Anthropocene opens. Combining the artistic forces of Canadian artists Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, this extraordinary exhibition will take you on a journey around the world.

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A global Indigenous gathering

September 11th, 2018

Image of marble sculpture in nature setting

Rebecca Belmore, Biinjiya’iing Onji, 2017. Hand-carved marble. Collection of the artist © Rebecca Belmore, Photo: Scott Benesiinaabandan.

There’s no doubt about it – there is growing global interest in Indigenous art and film. The question now is how to shift that conversation to one led by Indigenous people.

That’s the topic that will be explored on September 13-15, when the AGO hosts the conference, aabaakwad (it clears after a storm). Inspired by the powerful exhibition, Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental, the conference opens September 13 with keynote presentations from by Rebecca Belmore, Jolene Rickard and the AGO’s Curator of Indigenous Art, Wanda Nanibush. Guests include artists Robert Houle, Adrian Stimson, Lori Blondeau, Nadia Myre, Kent Monkman, Shelley Niro, Megan Tamati-Quennell, Brett Graham, Richard Bell, Greg Staats and more!

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Fall into art-making

September 11th, 2018

Woman holding paint brush, painting on a large canvas

Image by the AGO.

School’s back in session and the days are getting shorter. And that means it’s time to celebrate the best of fall – colourful leaves, comfy sweaters and new fall art courses at the AGO.

Soon there will be beautiful oranges, reds and yellows adorning the trees – what perfect inspiration for making art! Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw, paint or sculpt clay or just want to improve your art-making skills, our fall courses offer something for everyone, including the pint-sized Picasso in your life.

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A pastel pioneer

September 7th, 2018

Image of a portrait of a woman made using pastel

Rosalba Carriera, Portrait of a Woman, early 18th century. Pastel on blue laid paper, Overall: 31 x 25 cm. Purchased as a gift from Mrs. Walter Gordon, 1995. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Starting small never hurt anyone, especially Rosalba Carriera – Venetian artist, a leader of the Italian Rococo movement and one of the most successful women artists in the 1700s.

Born in 1675, Carriera was taught the importance of intricate work by her mother, a lacemaker. Carriera later became an acclaimed miniaturist – an artist who specializes in painting miniature objects.

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