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Talking about infinity

February 20th, 2018

Private Preview of Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha at Blum & Poe. Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, 2012 ©Patrick McMullan, Mike Gardner/patrickmcmullan.com

It’s been 362 days since Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors debuted at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., but Mika Yoshitake, the exhibition’s curator, is still going. Having travelled with the exhibition from Washington to Seattle and then LA, she’s here now overseeing the installation of an exhibition years in the making. On Wednesday, February 28, she’ll speak to a sold-out audience in Baillie Court about the exhibition. You can catch that conversation live on the AGO Facebook page, beginning at 7 pm.

We caught up with Mika in one of her rare free moments to get a few details about the exhibition that has us infinitely excited.

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3-D History

February 20th, 2018

Image by the AGO.

Long before 3-D movies, before 3-D printing and before virtual and augmented reality, there was the humble stereoscopic viewer. Think of it as a very early version of the View-Master you played with as a kid. A stereoscopic viewer combines one left-eye visual and one right-eye visual into a 3-D image. Read the rest of this entry »

To (con)serve and protect

February 20th, 2018

Image courtesy of Katy Whitman.

We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, but how do we keep it that way? Tomorrow night, AGO Photography Conservator Katy Whitman launches a series of free public talks on preserving your important visual memories. Beginning at 6:30 pm in the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Care of Photographs in Personal Collections is an interactive talk where attendees are invited to bring their own photograph collections to share and discuss.

We caught up with Katy to ask her for a few picture-perfect pieces of advice.  Read the rest of this entry »

Spring into art

February 20th, 2018

AGO Free After Three: Fibre Fun with Anni Spadafora

Image by the AGO.

Have you noticed that the days are slowly getting longer again?  That can only mean one thing…spring is just around the corner! Technically, spring starts on March 21 but we’re celebrating the thaw at the AGO with our new spring courses!

Spring is the perfect time to reconnect, reinvigorate and try new things. So why not indulge your artistic impulses in some of these courses? Read the rest of this entry »

Two giants of modern art head to the AGO

February 12th, 2018

Image by the AGO.

When two legendary artists are closely connected for almost 25 years, what happens to their distinctive artistic styles? This question drives Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation, opening at the AGO on February 18. The groundbreaking exhibition is dedicated to the personal and artistic relationship between two powerhouses of abstract painting, American Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) and Canadian Jean Paul Riopelle (1923–2002).

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Family Day pops with COLOUR

February 12th, 2018

Image courtesy of the artists.

It doesn’t look like this drab grey winter is going anywhere soon. Luckily, the AGO is bursting with colourful interactive fun on Family Day. On Monday, February 19 from 10:30 am to 4 pm, put on your favourite colour, escape the cold and join us to celebrate with music, movement and activities for the whole family.

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Can you teach a beginner new (art) tricks?

February 12th, 2018

Image by Samantha Chater

This AGOinsider story was written by Samatha Chater, AGO Communications Officer, about her experience taking Art for Extreme Beginners: Sculpture.

Trying new things can be scary. I’ve always found creative endeavours scarier than say, doing my taxes. Working at the AGO, I’m lucky to see beautiful art every day in the galleries. But this also makes it a bit intimidating to imagine drawing a portrait or molding something out of clay. Thanks to the AGO’s Art for Extreme Beginnings: Sculpture, I recently found out that making art is a lot less scary than I thought.

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Links we’re loving

February 5th, 2018

Artist Yayoi Kusama wears a bright red wig, glasses, red lips, and a pink and black polka-dotted dress and draws a black and white design against a black and white patterned backdrop.

Courtesy of Tokyo Lee Productions, Inc.

Want to know what’s happening in the world of art and culture? We’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the strange to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler chatter: Read the rest of this entry »