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December 20th, 2016

Fireside or subway ride, curling up with a good book is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Looking for a new adventure?  shopAGO has you covered. Carrying Toronto’s best selection of art books, catalogues and Taschen publications, shopAGO’s got it all – and also carries AGO publications at a discount.

Here are a few of our favourite titles, guaranteed to delight art lovers (and solve those last minute gifting problems):

The ideal stocking stuffer (only 7 inches tall!) for every Torontonian, urban planner, history buff or Group of Seven fan, In the Ward: Lawren Harris, Toronto & the Idea of North, takes readers inside one of Toronto’s most multicultural neighbourhoods to discuss its storied history and its lasting impact on Lawren Harris and his art. $9.95



Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s–1980s is an ideal primer for your inner shutterbug, highlighting the work of iconic photographers and filmmakers who profoundly changed our image of American culture during the postwar period. $29.95


Capturing the natural and cultural landscapes of British Columbia, the beautifully illustrated, hardcover exhibition catalogue From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia is a must for any Emily Carr lover. Featuring over 100 colour reproductions, this collection of images and essays puts many of Carr’s most famous works into dialogue with dozens of Indigenous artifacts from the Pacific Northwest. $39.95

Dreaming of a place slightly more perfect? Be sure to pick up a copy of Snow, Shacks, Streets, Shrubs, a collection of over 65 recent works by Toronto artist Scott McFarland. Renowned for his subtle manipulations of the photograph and use of tableau scale, these images of ski hills, cottage country idylls, urban parks and Long Island streetscapes will captivate and enthrall. $40

Counting the days till next fall, when the imagination of Guillermo del Toro will take over the AGO? Prepare yourself with this engrossing companion book to the exhibition. Featuring exclusive in-depth interviews and commentary from notable figures in the art world, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters is the perfect primer for the exhibition experience. $39.95


The perfect read for anyone interested in the changing nature of the Canadian arctic, Inuit Modern: Masterworks from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection presents a gorgeous meditation on the evolution of Inuit art in the 20th century. This 288-page collection features high quality colour reproductions alongside essays by leading Canadian scholars including Ingo Hessel, Robert McGhee, Christine Lalonde, Heather Igloliorte, Dorothy Eber and Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad. $55

shopAGO will be open Christmas Eve from 9 am – 3 pm for last-minute shopping and Boxing Day from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Click here for more info on holiday hours. Did you know that AGO Members receive discounts on all shopAGO purchases, including books? Join today!

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