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Happy birthday, Yayoi Kusama!

March 19th, 2018

Yayoi Kusama wears a bright red wig while sitting in a room with the same black and yellow patter on the walls, furniture and clothing.

Kusama in YELLOW TREE/Living Room 2010, © YAYOI KUSAMA.

How do you properly fête an art world icon who’s been creating world-renowned art for over 70 years?

The AGO is honoured to be hosting Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors during Kusama’s birthday, which is just around the corner on March 22. And to celebrate, some of our staff and volunteers have a message they’d like to share with Kusama about what her work means to them. Watch below, and have a happy birthday Yayoi Kusama! Read the rest of this entry »

Rita Letendre’s lessons on life

March 19th, 2018

Rita Letendre's painting Tabori.

Rita Letendre. Tabori, 1976. Acrylic on canvas, 86.5 x 122 cm. Gift of Marie A. Dunseith, 1983. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario.

To celebrate the #5womenartists challenge, we’re highlighting some amazing women artists featured at the AGO as well as incredible women curators who work with them.

This week, we’re looking back to last September when we hosted the exhibition Rita Letendre: Fire & Light, a retrospective on the groundbreaking work of one of Canada’s eminent living abstract artists, Rita Letendre. The exhibition blew Toronto away with Letendre’s large-scale paintings, undeniably energizing in their vibrant colour and striking compositions. Read the rest of this entry »

Writing her-story

March 19th, 2018

Women look at their laptops on a long table.

Image by the AGO.

It’s estimated that only 10 per cent of Wikipedia editors identify as female. The content on Wikipedia skews the same way. The result? Too many women artists are missing from one of the Internet’s largest resources.

On Saturday, March 24, the AGO’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon offers a free space and access to extensive resources you can use to update those citations Wikipedia articles need. Best of all, everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary as there will be tutorials and one-on-one coaching available. Bring your own laptop and get ready to Wiki! Read the rest of this entry »

#RetroAGO: A royal art connection

March 19th, 2018

Text saying Retro AGO

It’s a mere two months before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say their “I do’s”. Before you get your fascinators on, why not take a trip to the AGO to see a work with a royal history. Every painting has a story and we’ve got one with a very royal lineage!

The Harvest Waggon (the British and Commonwealth English spelling of “wagon”) refers to two paintings by the English artist, Thomas Gainsborough. The first was painted around 1767 and the latter created around 1784–85 and is part of the AGO Collection. Read the rest of this entry »

JUNO-nominated musician Iskwé joins Creative Minds

March 12th, 2018

Iskwe looks off into the distance with face paint and feathers in her hair.

Iskwé will perform at Creative Minds on April 4. Photo by Lisa MacIntosh.

This isn’t fake news – we are thrilled to announce that Winnipeg-born, Hamilton-based musician Iskwé has joined the lineup at AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall on April 4.

Named one of “10 artists to watch in 2016” by CBC Music, Iskwé (pronounced iss-kway) weaves politically charged lyrics with a soulful mix of R&B, trip-hop and electronica that is uniquely her own. Of Cree/Dene and Irish descent, her sophomore album The Fight Within was released last fall and is nominated for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at this month’s JUNO Awards. You can hear her latest single, “The Unforgotten,” featuring Tanya Tagaq, here. Read the rest of this entry »

The TSO takes a bite out of Jaws

March 12th, 2018

Jeffrey Beecher holding a double bass.

Jeffrey Beecher, Principal Double Bassist of the TSO. Photo by Jaime Hogge/ TSO.

Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore: these are just a few of the film composers who have brought the world’s most memorable films to life through music. Why listen to these amazing soundtracks in a theatre when you can watch the film with live music instead? The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been bringing soundtracks to the forefront through its Movies with Live Orchestra series, and the latest, Jaws in Concert, happens this week.

We caught up with Principal Double Bassist for the TSO, Jeffrey Beecher, ahead of the screening of Jaws in Concert, to find out what it’s like to perform live along with your favourite films. Read the rest of this entry »

Two great artists, two great friends

March 12th, 2018

Pegi Nicol MacLeod's painting of Ottawa's Bank Street Bridge.

Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Bank Street Bridge, 1930. Oil on plywood, overall: 50.7 x 50.7 cm. Purchase, 1981. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

To celebrate Women’s History Month and the #5womenartists challenge, we’re asking women curators at the AGO to tell us about the women artists they love. Last week we featured the work of Käthe Kollwitz, a leading 20th century German artist known for her etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, sculptures and drawings.

Last week, we asked Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, to talk about two amazing Canadian women artists as she celebrated her favourite day of the year, International Women’s Day. Read the rest of this entry »

You’ve got to see it to believe it

March 12th, 2018

A collage image of fashion models, floral prints, and flowers.

ELLE MEXICO, DOLCE AND GABBANA. Image courtesy of the artist.

Do not adjust your screen or your eyeglass prescription. That’s not an illusion you’re seeing. It’s the latest edition of AGO Massive!

The AGO’s annual fundraiser – supporting our ongoing conservation, public programming and learning projects – returns April 19 with a mind-bending theme, Illusion.

Now in its 14th year, AGO Massive is Toronto’s ultimate contemporary art party. And this year will be bigger than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Building needs

March 5th, 2018

Todd Saunders. Photo by Evy Andersen.

It’s been five years since Fogo Island Inn and its acclaimed artist-residency program opened to the public, propelling the small Newfoundland outport and its architect into the spotlight. One of Canada’s most exciting contemporary architects, Todd Saunders has lived and worked in Bergen, Norway since 1996, following his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and McGill University.

We caught up with Todd to discuss his inspirations, his favourite Toronto building and what the next 10 years might add up to. Todd will be speaking at the AGO on March 14.

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