Matthew Teitelbaum is the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Michael and Sonja Koerner director, and CEO, but what else do you know about one of Toronto’s most influential arts figures?
- Matthew Teitelbaum joined the AGO in 1993 as chief curator before becoming director in 1998.
- His official title is the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Michael and Sonja Koerner director and CEO. The practice of ‘named titles’ is more common in the USA than in Canada – it means that the Koerner’s made a donation to the Gallery to cover the cost of the director’s salary.
- Since he joined the AGO the Gallery has added almost 60,000 new works to its permanent collection.
- Before joining the AGO, Matthew held curatorial positions with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon and the London Regional Art Gallery. He has taught at Harvard, York University and the University of Western Ontario, and has lectured across North America.
- He received the honour of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his ongoing commitment and contributions to the arts.
- He’s from an arty family. His father, Mashel, was a painter and prominent figure in the Toronto art scene.
“(Chagall)’s surrounded by people who started painting and creating abstractly — they were trying to simplify, simplify, simplify and make something pure and beautiful. Chagall never gives up the image. He’s always telling a story.” – Matthew Teitelbaum on Chagall
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