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Gary Taxali back at the AGO for book signing

September 7th, 2011

NOTE: THIS EVENT IS TAKING PLACE ON WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER, NOT THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER AS ORIGINALLY ADVERTISED
GARY TAXALI BOOK SIGNING AT THE AGO
Wednesday September 21, 18:00 – 21:00 

Internationally celebrated artist Gary Taxali is returning to the AGO to sign copies of his two new books, ‘I Love You, OK?’ and ‘Mono Taxali’.

“I Love You, Ok?” is a distinctive collection, showcasing one of illustration’s most original stars. Inspired by vintage comics and period advertisements, Gary Taxali tweaks conventional styling and context to cast light on life’s constant paradoxes.

“Mono Taxali” contains many of Taxali’s fine art pieces and is a vivid and stunning pop culture homage for anyone who is a Taxali fan. Taxali’s imagery crosses between high brow art and low brow/pop surrealism with ease.

Join us at shopAGO between 18:00 and 21:00 on Wednesday September 21 to meet the artist and get your copies of the book signed.

Gary Taxali is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist. He is known for taking his unique characters, graphics, symbols and icons and intertwining them to produce works of fine art. His signature pop culture works are infused with 1930s-style packaging, posters, typography and advertising with original and sophisticated characters and graphics onto distressed surfaces.

Both books will be available to buy from shopAGO along with other Gary Taxali merchandise.

Celebrated artist Shepard Fairey describes Taxali as “… one of those rare artists whose work is immediately inviting and familiar, yet idiosyncratic and unmistakable …. The illustrations are beautiful both as images and fluid, abstract mark making… Taxali’s fluid integration of both illustration and art, or illustration as art, is a testament to the strength of his vision”.

More about Gary Taxali:
www.garytaxali.com
www.taxali.com

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Let the Voting Begin!

September 1st, 2011

The nominees for The Grange Prize 2011 have been announced and voting is now open! The Grange Prize is Canada’s biggest photography prize and YOU get to decide who takes home the $50,000. We’ve had a great response so far and lots of votes have already come in. 

Get your voice heard and be sure to vote for your favourite artist!
Vote here.

This year, the competition is between two Canadian artists and two Indian artists. The nominees are:

GAURI GILL (India)
ELAINE STOCKI (Canada)
ALTHEA THAUBERGER (Canada)
NANDINI VALLI MUTHIAH (India)

‘Like’ The Grange Prize on facebook for the latest updates https://www.facebook.com/TheGrangePrize

Don’t forget about the FREE Launch Party happening on September 7th, 2011 at the AGO from 7-10pm. This is your chance to meet the four artists and see their works in person! The celebration will feature drinks, snacks and a set by DJ Jaime Sin.