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Richard Tuttle on Agnes Martin (Audio)

October 15th, 2010

Richard Tuttle in conversation with Michelle Jacques, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Assistant Curator, Canadian Art.

Richard Tuttle was born in Rahway, New Jersey in 1941, and lives and works in New Mexico and New York. Although most of Tuttle’s prolific artistic output since he began his career in the 1960s has taken the form of three-dimensional objects, he commonly refers to his work as drawing rather than sculpture, emphasizing the diminutive scale and idea-based nature of his practice. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; ICA Philadelphia; Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela; and the Museu Serralvesin, Porto, Portugal, and a 2005 retrospective at SFMoMA. Richard Tuttle was a close friend of Agnes Martin until her death in 2004.

Agnes Martin was born March 22, 1912, in Maklin, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She came to the United States in 1932 and lived in Washington and Oregon until 1940. Martin lived and taught periodically in New York in the 1940s and early 1950s. In 1957, she settled in Coenties Slip in lower Manhattan, where her friends and neighbors included Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, and Jack Youngerman. In 1958, her first solo show took place at Section Eleven of the Betty Parsons Gallery, New York. By the late 1950s, Martin’s landscape and figurative watercolors, surrealistic oils, and three-dimensional sculptural objects were supplanted by her highly simplified abstractions. These mature works, distinguished by square formats, grids, or lines drawn on canvas and monochromatic color with subtle variations in hue, have been an important influence on younger artists.

This talk is presented in association with the exhibition, At Work: Hesse, Goodwin, Martin and is generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Recorded: October 13, 2010 @ Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:34:52

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The Walrus magazine’s own Maharaja story

October 15th, 2010

As part of the Maharaja blog, we’ve been running a series called Your Stories where you tell us about some anecdotes and memories that relate to the theme of South Asian royalty.

It turns out that the October issue of The Walrus magazine has its own such charming story. It’s called “The Prince and the The Prophet” and was “told to” Amy Chung.

photo credit: Amy Chung, The Walrus

It’s a piece about an Indian man raised in Kenya who immigrated to Canada in 1973, and retired to the banks of the Narmada River in western India. It was only in Toronto that he took up Hindu-style astrology, but it was in India that he received a special request.

One summer evening seven years ago, I was at my home in Kumbheshwar, a village in western India surrounded by temples, when an old man arrived on my doorstep. He introduced himself as the secretary to Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, gesturing to the young man standing beside him. Indian royalty, while stripped of its authority after partition, still commands respect, but his title didn’t impress me. He looked like a simple man, very straightforward.

While the prince sat quietly enjoying the scenery from my terrace, his secretary told me of the young man’s divorce from the princess of a neighbouring state. His family wanted to know when he would remarry; as the only crowned prince, he needed to produce an heir.

Read more about the prince and the Lakshya Trust he later founded after this visit at The Walrus.

More Your Stories:

Do you have a story to tell about South Asian royalty? Does your family have connections to maharajas? Do you have photographs or objects related to kings and their courts? Share your stories and ideas here or by emailing us at

Piali Roy is a Toronto freelance writer with a long-held interest in South Asian culture and history. You can contact her at

Toronto Hwa-Eum Trio – Sunday Concerts at the AGO

October 14th, 2010

Hwa- Eum Trio
Hwa- Eum Trio

The AGO is partnering with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host Sunday afternoon concerts in the AGO’s Sculpture Atrium. Talented RCM students will present weekly performances right through spring 2011.

This Sunday’s concert, on October 17, features the Toronto Hwa-Eum trio, formed in 2010 by Jae-Won Kim, Hyoseon Sunny Kim and Hyemee Yang.

Jae-Won Kim, Clarinet
Jae-Won Kim is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied with Deborah Chodacki and Scott Anderson. He was the principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Jae-Won has been heard on various radio broadcasts including the National Public Radio’s Performance Today, the Interlochen Public Radio, and Cleveland’s WCLV. He is currently studying at the Glenn Gould School with Joaquin Valdepeñas. 

Hyoseon Sunny Kim,  Piano
Winner of the Celebration of the Arts Competition (2006), Canadian pianist Hyoseon Sunny Kim is enrolled in third year studies of the Performance Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School as a scholarship recipient. Hyoseon had the privilege to study with some of the world’s most prominent artists including Leon Fleisher, James Anagnoson, Leslie Kinton, Marc Durand, Andre Laplante and Anton Kuerti. Hyoseon Sunny Kim, a native of  Taejun, Korea began studying piano at the age of five. In 2000, her family immigrated to Toronto. Hyoseon completed two years of undergraduate studies in music performance at University of Western Ontario as a scholarship student. In 2008, Hyoseon transferred her studies to the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where she is currently studying under the instruction of John Perry and David Louie.

Hyemee yang, Cello
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hyemee Yang completed her Bachelor of music majoring in Cello Performance with honor at Kyung-Hee University (South Korea) where she studied with Jon- young Lee and Sang-won Sin. Hyemee participated in the Dortmond Music Festival in Germany on various occasions, and performed with many orchestras such as the Ko-Yang
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Il-san Symphonette (at Young-san Art Hall) and Beehouse Cello Ensemble as a soloist. Upon graduation from Kyung-Hee University, Hyemee moved to Toronto to enroll in the Artist Diploma program at the Glenn Gould school of Royal Conservatory of Music where she studied with cellist Bryan Epperson. She has participated in the Stratford music festival, National Academy Orchestra in Brott Music Festival, and Toronto International Music Festival. Hyemee has recently completed the Artist Diploma program and has been performing numerous solo recitals in Canada, USA, and South Korea.


Pamela Chang, AR+SG Assistant, speaks with AGO insiders

October 14th, 2010

Saturday, October 16 2010, 1pm
AGO Art Rental + Sales Gallery, 481 University Ave.

Join us this Saturday, for the latest event in our ArtSpeak series, presented in conjunction with our current show, Paralleling the Permanent Collection. ArtSpeak is a a series of intimate discussions featuring prominent figures in the arts community to discuss an issue related to the exhibition on view. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s discussion will focus on how works are acquired by the AGO and the challenges of interpreting contemporary art and will feature:

Shiralee Hudson, Interpretive Planner,
Maureen Boles, Acquisitions Assistant, Curatorial Affairs
Yael Dunkelman, former AGO Contemporary Curatorial Committee member

For more information call us at 416-977-4654 or email

Eva Hesse: Studiowork (Video)

October 14th, 2010

Eva Hesse: Studiowork, a solo presentation of the work of German-born American artist Eva Hesse, a major figure in post-war art, is on display at the AGO for a limited time. It is the result of new research by renowned Hesse scholar Professor Briony Fer and is curated by Fer and Barry Rosen, Director of The Estate of Eva Hesse.

Throughout her career, Eva Hesse produced a large number of small, experimental works alongside her large-scale sculpture. These objects, the so-called test pieces, were made in a wide range of materials, including latex, wire-mesh, sculp-metal, wax and cheesecloth. This exhibition proposes that rather than simply technical explorations, these small objects radically put into question conventional notions of what sculpture is. Re-naming them studioworks rather than test pieces, the exhibition and the accompanying major publication offer a timely new interpretation of Hesses historical position, as well as highlighting her relevance for contemporary art now.

This short film, created by the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, is an introduction to the exhibition by curator Briony Fer.

Julian Schnabel’s Jane Birkin #2 (Audio)

October 13th, 2010

Julian Schnabel’s Jane Birkin #2 is on display for a limited time as part of the exhibition Julian Schnabel: Art and Film.

Why Jane Birkin? Because of her luminous appearance in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966), the iconic film that defined swinging London. And because of her talent as a songstress, performing sultry duets with French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. For Schnabel her name is a code, letters to be written out in paint, to evoke memories, intrigue, passion, a melody. This work is part of a series of enormous works, all painted on reclaimed Egyptian sails. It is a testament to memory, as Schnabel transforms a used expanse of fabric into a remembrance of a perfect feeling at a perfect moment in time, sensed through watching a film or hearing a song and visualized through painting.

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Julian Schnabel's Jane Birkin #2

Julian Schnabel
born New York City, New York, United States, 1951
Jane Birkin #2
oil and gesso on sailcloth
Courtesy of Julian Schnabel

Why More Moore?

October 13th, 2010

The Shape Of Anxiety: Henry Moore in the 1930s

How the Exhibition Came to be

By Michael Parke-Taylor

Ideas for Sculpture in a Setting, 1938

Some years ago I was thinking about a Henry Moore show for the AGO that would examine his sculpture from the early part of his career during the 20s and 30s– the work that established his reputation as the world’s most famous sculptor.  Visitors to the AGO’s permanent collection often experience his Post-World War II sculptures.  I thought maybe it was time to show where Moore came from.

In my research, I found out that Tate Britain was also planning to do something similar on Moore.  So I flew to London.  That is how Tate curator Chris Stephens and I came to collaborate on the selection of works for this exhibition. 

My goal was to show a young Henry Moore who created edgy and even weird-looking sculpture, influenced by surrealist and abstraction in the 1930s.

I hope that looking at these early works will give greater meaning to the large-scale works that came later, and that we display on a permanent basis.

For more on information The Shape of Anxiety: Henry Moore in the 1930s, click here.

Iris Nowell book signing for Painters Eleven

October 8th, 2010

Meet the Author! Book signing in shopAGO
Wednesday October 27, 5–7 pm

Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven

Iris Nowell, an acclaimed biographer with extensive knowledge of the Canadian art world, knew many of the Painters Eleven personally – her relationship with Harold Townallowed her an insider view (wild 1970’s parties!). In addition to her firsthand knowledge her comprehensive research has created a masterpiece featuring more than 290 full-colour reproductions.

shopAGO welcomes you to meet Iris Nowell, hear some of her personal stories and have her autograph her strikingly beautiful book.

Roy MacGregor book signing for Northern Light

October 8th, 2010

Meet the Author! Book signing in shopAGO
Tuesday October 19, 1–2 pm

Roy MacGregor book signing for Northern Light

Award winning journalist and acclaimed bestselling author, Roy MacGregor has had a lifelong fascination with Tom Thomson. It was this fascination that led him to write the novel Canoe Lake and now, MacGregor breaks new ground with this definitive non-fiction account of Tom Thomson’s life. Roy MacGregor’s richly detailed Northern Light reveals, not much is as it seems when it comes to Tom Thomson, one of the most iconic of Canadian painters.

shopAGO welcomes you to meet Roy MacGregor and have him personalize his biography about Tom Thomson, a man that has gripped our imagination for almost a century past his death.

Meet the Artist: Julian Schnabel (Audio)

October 7th, 2010

Julian Schnabel and David Moos

Julian Schnabel in conversation with AGO curator of modern and contemporary art David Moos.

Julian Schnabel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His first solo show was at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston in 1976, but it was with his 1979 exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York that Schnabel first asserted his presence as the figurehead of new painting declaring its unbridled possibilities. Retrospectives of his work have been mounted by Tate Gallery, London (1983), the Whitney Museum of American Art (1987), Museo Nacionale Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2004), and Centre Pompidou among many others. He made his cinematic debut in 1996 with his account of the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, which starred Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Gary Oldman and Dennis Hopper. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly earned him Best Director both at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globes, and four Academy Award nominations including best director.

Recorded: September 15, 2010 @ Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 55:26

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