(TORONTO – April 20, 2011) Tickets to Abstract Expressionist New York: Masterpieces from The Museum of Modern Art, which opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on May 28, will go on sale to the public on April 30 at 10 am. On view for just 14 weeks, this landmark exhibition — a Canadian exclusive — features more than 100 works by the legendary artists whose drips, splatters, and fields of incredible colour catapulted New York to the centre of the international art world in the 1950s and changed the course of art history forever.
To celebrate the arrival of the exhibition, the AGO is throwing a public party the night before the opening. The AbEx Opening Party will feature live music and DJs in Walker Court, a cash bar, and advance access to the exhibition. The party starts at 9 pm on May 27 and continues to midnight. Tickets are $25 for the public and $20 for AGO members, and will also go on sale April 30.
Abstract Expressionist New York will be time-ticketed by the hour to ensure shorter wait times and greater convenience for visitors. Ticket prices range from $16.50 for youth and student visitors to $25 for adult admission. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Beginning April 30 at 10 am, tickets can be booked online at www.ago.net or by phone at 416-979-6655.
AGO members receive free admission to Abstract Expressionist New York, and are invited to attend exclusive previews of the exhibition on May 26 (10 am – 5:30 pm) and May 27 (10 am – 8:30 pm). Members do not have to pre-book tickets to the exhibition and can avoid the general line by presenting their membership card and exhibition ticket to enjoy access to an exclusive VIP line. AGO members also receive a 10% discount on merchandise purchased in the AbEx satellite shop, in addition to their discounts at shopAGO, caféAGO, and FRANK, the AGO’s signature restaurant.