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All that glitters

April 18th, 2019

Two silhouetted figures in front of an artwork
Party-goers stand in front of an artwork by Alexa DelSol at AGO Massive XV. Image courtesy of the AGO.

The crystal anniversary of AGO Massive brought good vibes to the museum. This important fundraiser celebrated 15 years of supporting the AGO’s mission to bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways. And all with a good dose of glitter!

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Celebrate mom at the AGO

April 18th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

It’s that time of year again – when the rush to get the perfect bouquet of flowers, find that special gift or plan an unforgettable outing for mom begins. Well, look no further. We’ve got just what you need. The AGO is a great place to spend Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12) by strolling around together and taking in the great art on display. And when you’ve worked up an appetite from all that artful fun, join us for a special Mother’s Day Brunch or Afternoon Tea at the Grange.

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Seeing Impressionism in 3D

April 18th, 2019

Man holding a tablet in front of a piece of art. The tablet is showing a 3D version of the scene in the painting.
A visitor using AR to view Impressionism in the Age of Industry, 2019. Work shown: Gustave Caillebotte. Le Pont de l’Europe, 1876. Association des Amis du Petit Palais, Genève.

At first glance Gustave Caillebotte’s Le Pont de l’Europe 1876 (a highlight from our exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more) appears to be an everyday urban scene of people strolling across a bridge in 1870s Paris. However, someone standing on this same bridge in 1876 might notice something amiss in the artist’s depiction. Now, thanks to intensive research and innovative technology, visitors to the exhibition can see for themselves just how much artistic license Caillebotte really took.

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Take a closer look at Metamorphosis

April 18th, 2019

A bearskin sewn together into a bag rests atop a rectangular piece of fabric, laying atop a mound of white eggshells.
Tim Whiten. Metamorphosis, 1978-1989. Ritual vessel (completely tanned bearskin, brass bells, cotton ties), grey pillow (cotton with synthetic foam), crushed eggshells, 4 glass votive containers and candles, 4 incense tiles, Installed (completed Ritual installation): 254 × 254 cm (100 × 100 in.) Overall (egg shell Ritual bed): 1.5 × 243.8 cm (9/16 × 96 in.). Purchase with assistance from the Estate of P.J. Glasser, 2016.  ©Tim Whiten

For many, spring is symbolic of reawakening. For artist Tim Whiten, the same can be said with the bearskin pelt used in his work Metamorphosis, on view now at the AGO in the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art.

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HOW TO: painting essentials edition

April 18th, 2019

Painting with watercolours
Image courtesy of the AGO.

Whether it’s a still lake, a reflective pool or a rushing river, it’s easy to be inspired by the ever-changing nature of water. And no matter the level of your artistic skill, picking up the brush to capture the wonder of water can be intimidating. Have no fear, we’re here to help. To you get started, we asked long-time AGO painting instructor and Toronto-based artist Lauren Renzetti to show us how to paint the ocean – in just 60 seconds!

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Becoming Käthe Kollwitz

April 5th, 2019

Käthe Kollwitz. Selbstbildnis am Tisch, 1893. Etching, drypoint and aquatint on paper, Plate Mark: 18 × 13 cm (7 1/16 × 5 1/8 in.) Gift of Dr. Brian McCrindle, 2015. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2015/57

Despite becoming an artist in the late 1800s when opportunities for women were limited, German artist Käthe Kollwitz’s achievements are incredible. Today, she’s recognized as a strong voice at the intersection of art and activism. You can follow Kollwitz’s journey as an ambitious artist in the third and final rotation of her prints, drawings and sculptures, on view now in the AGO exhibition Becoming Käthe Kollwitz.

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Calling all Clyde Fans fans

April 4th, 2019

From Seth’s Clyde Fans, image courtesy Drawn & Quarterly

Many of us have childhood memories of ripping open the Sunday paper to find the funny pages. Peanuts, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes – week after week these comic strips tell heartwarming stories and jokes to make us laugh. Comic art stretches far beyond those pages, though, and the medium can be used in effective ways to tell compelling and sometimes heartbreaking stories. On May 8, Canadian cartoonist Seth will join us at the AGO to launch his graphic novel Clyde Fans.

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Travel like an Impressionist

April 4th, 2019

A and W Galignani and Co.. Galignani’s new Paris guide for 1873, 1873. , . .

During your visit to Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more, you may have noticed the red palm-sized books with fold-out maps and wondered, why are these here? These fascinating travel guide books provided a reference point for artists and tourists travelling during the mid-to-late 19th century – much like modern-day Rough Guides and Lonely Planet books.

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Spring into art

April 4th, 2019

David Brown Milne. Pink Billboard, c. 1912. Oil on canvas, Overall: 51 x 51 cm. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © Art Gallery of Ontario AGOID.104219

It’s finally here! The birds are chirping, the sun is out and the days are getting warmer. We don’t know about you, but we’re excited by the arrival of spring. And since we’re open for the first long weekend of the season (April 19 to 22), we’ve picked some of our favourite Canadian paintings from the AGO Collection to give you that springy vibe during your visit to the AGO.

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