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Picasso is coming

September 16th, 2019

Arnold Newman. Pablo Picasso, 02/06/1954. Gelatin silver print, 50.8 × 40.6 cm. Anonymous Gift, 2012. © Arnold Newman Properties / Getty Images (2019) 2015/4023

It’s the news you’ve been waiting for! Next summer we’re presenting a major exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso. Co-organized by the AGO and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Picasso: Painting the Blue Period runs from June 27 to September 20, 2020.

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Mean tweets…just nicer

September 16th, 2019

Image courtesy of AGO

Have you ever watched a Mean Tweets video? You know, the cringe-worthy yet highly entertaining segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live when celebrities targeted by online bad-mouthing read and react to what was said about them? We took inspiration from Jimmy and created our own (nicer) version, based on the amazing feedback about our new AGO Annual Pass.

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Shop talk

September 16th, 2019

Image by the AGO

Our new General Manager of shopAGO, Deepak Chopra doesn’t just want you to exit through the gift shop. He hopes you take a moment to connect with local artisans and spend some time discovering items that might remind you of your experience at the AGO once you get home – like art prints, art books, jewellery, home décor and much more.  

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Art Pick of the Week: Two Figures (1943)

September 16th, 2019

Barbara Hepworth, Two Figures, 1943, redwood, strings, Overall (with base): 61.2 x 31.4 x 21, Gift of Sam and Ayala Zacks, 1970, 71/188, Barbara Hepworth © Bowness

Have you seen any of the amazing sculptures that are part of the AGO Collection? If not, then now’s a great time to visit. From the monumental sculptural work of Henry Moore to the robust pieces by Auguste Rodin, some of the most interesting sculptural work from around the world, including this week’s Art Pick, Two Figures by Barbara Hepworth, is currently installed at the AGO.

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The Toronto Biennial of Art is coming!

September 16th, 2019

Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015-2017 (installation view). Ultra HD video (colour, sound, 64 min.). © Lisa Riehana. Photo by Brad Coleman.

Excitement is mounting as we inch closer to this weekend’s opening of the first-ever Toronto Biennial of Art. Featuring the work of 90+ participants over 72 days at more than 15 different sites across the GTA, the Biennial promises to deliver a full spectrum of unique art-going experiences.

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Q & A with Billy-Ray

September 9th, 2019

Billy-Ray Belcourt. Image by Tenille Campbell

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a name to know in the world of poetry. He made history as the youngest-ever winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut poetry collection, This Wound is a World. We spoke with Belcourt before his September 10 conversation at the AGO with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and learned about his genre-bending work, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field.

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Beneath the surface

September 9th, 2019

Stephanie Barnes. Image by the AGO

What do you get when you mix an education in chemistry with a passion for art and art history? An art conservator, of course! The AGO’s Art Conservation Department is not only one of the largest in North America, but also a key player in the development of art conservators.

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The Mime, the Model and the Dupe

September 9th, 2019

Valérie Blass, Le mime, le modèle et le dupe, 2019, acrylic gesso, paint, plaster, copper, empty chip bag, jumpsuit, resin, epoxy and fiberglass. Courtesy of the artist and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.

Featuring ten new sculptural works that can be described as witty, subversive, dark and humorous, Valérie Blass’s Le parlement des invisibles is an exhibition to experience in person. Visitors who have been intrigued by Blass’s playful sculptural investigations of the human form will have the opportunity to join the artist tomorrow (September 11) for a conversation about the inspiration for the exhibition, and where her creativity will take her next.

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Art Pick of the Week: Hollywood Indian after Remington

September 9th, 2019

Fritz Scholder. Hollywood Indian after Remington, 1974. Acrylic on canvas, 203.2 x 173 cm. Gift of Gallery Moos, 1975. © Estate of Fritz Scholder 75/59

In North America, the image of Indigenous people in art, entertainment and media has been shaped over the years by different entities – some empowering, many damaging. The subject of much controversy, Fritz Scholder’s bold and nuanced take on the Indigenous experience serves as a powerful reminder that identity is complex – as highlighted in our Art Pick of the week, Hollywood Indian after Remington.  

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Wearable art

September 9th, 2019

Jane Ip, designer of the Harris Collection and owner of Jeanne Lottie. Image courtesy of Jeanne Lottie

The vibrant colours and dramatic lines of the Group of Seven co-founder Lawren S. Harris’s work have found a new home with the Toronto design brand, Jeanne Lottie. The newly released Harris Collection features a series of beautifully designed products printed with one of Harris’s most famous oil paintings: Lake and Mountains from the AGO Collection.

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