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Art Pick of the Week: St. Benedict Restores Life to a Young Monk

July 15th, 2019

Giovanni del Biondo, St. Benedict Restores Life to a Young Monk, late 14th century. Tempera and gold leaf on panel, Overall: 33.7 x 37.5 cm. Gift of A.L. Koppel, 1953. Image © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

When looking at this week’s Art Pick – Giovanni del Biondo’spainting St. Benedict Restores Life to a Young Monk – many things may catch your eye. Perhaps it’s the figures, the colours or the gold leaf that depicts the halo around St. Benedict’s head emphasizing holiness.

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In the Age of Rembrandt

July 15th, 2019

Jan Steen, An Elegant Company Playing Cards, about 1660. Oil on panel. 45.7 x 60.3 cm. Promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Field trip! This week the AGOinsider paid a visit to the ROM to see the latest exhibition In the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. And yes, we didn’t forget our permission slips. And no, we weren’t disappointed.

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A (new) night at the museum

July 15th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

We value and appreciate our amazing AGO Members, which is why we’re launching a new series of exclusive Members’ Nights this summer. On July 18, we’re inviting our Members to join us between 5 and 9 pm to spend some time after hours at the AGO. You’ll also get to enjoy the perks of your AGO Membership and more during this special event. If you’re not currently a Member, this is the perfect time to become one!

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Portrait of a song-cycle

July 15th, 2019

Käthe Kollwitz. Self Portrait, 1924. Lithograph on laid paper, Sheet: 60.9 × 44.7 cm. Promised Gift of Dr. Brian McCrindle.  Image © Art Gallery of Ontario; Steven Thachuk courtesy of the artist; Anne Harley courtesy of the artist.

Have you ever wondered what the emotionally charged works and words of German artist Käthe Kollwitz would sound like? Us too! On July 17, as part of our AGO Live series of performances by emerging and celebrated artists, you’ll hear the inspiration from pages of Kollwitz’s diary come to life. Through a powerful multifaceted song-cycle, soprano Anne Harley, guitarist Steve Thachuk and composer Ralf Yusuf Gawlick bring AGO Live: Kollwitz-Konnex …Im Frieden Seiner Hände.

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Art Pick of the Week: Fisher-boy Dancing the Tarantella

July 8th, 2019

Francisque-Joseph Duret. Fisher-boy Dancing the Tarantella (Souvenir of Naples), 1833; cast before 1847. bronze, Overall (including base): 158 x 69 x 60 cm. Purchased with donations from AGO members and friends, 1990. © Art Gallery of Ontario 90/68

Have you visited Galleria Italia recently? Located on Level 2 here at the AGO, this beautiful space is inside the curved windows above Dundas Street West. On your next visit, take a walk beneath the soaring wood beams and you’ll find this week’s Art Pick – the playful Fisher-boy Dancing the Tarantella by Francisque-Joseph Duret.

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A book worth picking up

July 8th, 2019

Colson Whitehead. Photo by Madeline Whitehead.

When asked what we all need more of in our lives, Colson Whitehead pauses. “I’m ready,” he says, “to make the transition to these fake meat hamburgers.” But as the author of eight books and the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and a Pulitzer for his last novel, The Underground Railroad, that’s not all Whitehead is getting ready for. His hotly anticipated new book, The Nickel Boys, will be released in mid-July, and he makes his only Canadian stop at the AGO on July 17. After all, “the best part of a book tour,” he says, “is the event, when people take time out of their lives to show up. That means a lot.”

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A tipi made from sofas

July 8th, 2019

Brian Jungen, Furniture Sculpture, 2006, installation view at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 2019. 11 leather sofas, 619.8 x 589.3 x 721.4 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Purchased with significant financial support from the Audain Foundation, and additional contribution from Rick Erickson and the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund, VAG 2006.2.1 a-ee, © Brian Jungen Photo: Dean Tomlinson / Art Gallery of Ontario

After opening his spectacular exhibition Brian Jungen Friendship Centre, Brian Jungen returned to the AGO last week to oversee the installation of Furniture Sculpture in Walker Court. This towering work is on view now, but only until July 28.

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