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Tracy Moore on being Wanted

December 5th, 2017

Camille Turner and Camal Pirbhai. Unnamed Woman (Wanted Series), 2016. Digital photograph, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists. © Camille Turner and Camal Pirbhai. Photo: Christina Sideris.

Open until December 10, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is the AGO’s response to the country’s 150th anniversary, decidedly positioning itself as a critique instead of a celebration, of dominating narratives in Canadian history and culture. It opened this past June and runs until December 10.

The exhibition includes the photo series Wanted by artists Camille Turner and Camal Pirbhai, which repurposes authentic 18th century fugitive slave ads printed in Canada. They feature detailed descriptions of the clothing worn by people who had resisted enslavement by escaping from their captors. The artists recreated the outfits described in those ads and, with the help of local models, reimagined them as high-fashion magazine spreads. One of the photos, featuring Cityline host Tracy Moore, was displayed on the digital billboard on the Eaton Centre above Yonge-Dundas Square this past July.

We recently spoke to Tracy about why she decided to pose for the Wanted series: Read the rest of this entry »

The minds behind Room for Mystics

December 5th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

The weather is getting colder, errands are piling up with the holidays approaching and let’s be honest—it’s been a long year. But inside the AGO is a room vibrating with positive vibes. Go inside and it’s impossible to feel down, stressed or worried.

Sandra Meigs: Room for Mystics (with Christopher Butterfield) opened at the AGO in October and runs until January 14, 2018. The show was called “joyous” and “the art museum equivalent of a warm blanket” in the Toronto Star.

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Monsters make you thirsty?

December 4th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

Stephen Gaessler is the AGO’s resident mixologist and has been with the gallery since 2008. In the fall of 2016, he took our bar menu up a notch, crafting elaborate cocktails that connected with the themes and artists in our galleries. Clichéd but true: Stephen’s creations are works of (drinkable) art. But they also reflect a lengthy research process and thoughtful historical or thematic connections to art and artists. We caught up with him to learn about his process, the origin stories behind the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters menu, and what’s next for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Read the rest of this entry »

And the winner is…

December 4th, 2017

Hank Willis Thomas. Crossroads, 2012. Digital c-print. Variable sizes. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

U.S.-based artist Hank Willis Thomas is the winner of the 2017 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize, the internationally renowned award for contemporary photography that recognizes Canadian and international artists. Chosen by public vote, Thomas will receive a $50,000 prize. Other artists on this year’s shortlist included Liz Johnson Artur (Ghana/Russia), Raymond Boisjoly (Haida Nation/Canada) and Taisuke Koyama (Japan).

Here’s everything you need to know about our 2017 winning artist! Read the rest of this entry »

Want to visit Yayoi Kusama’s own museum?

December 4th, 2017

©Axel Schwab. Image courtesy of Japan National Tourism Organization.

As you’ve no doubt heard, next March the AGO is presenting the phenomenon that has been winning rave reviews from audiences and selling out museums across the United States. Tickets to Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, the first survey exhibition to explore the artistic evolution of the celebrated Japanese artist, go on sale to AGO Members on December 12 at 12 Noon and to the general public on January 16 at 12 Noon.

Want an exclusive look into the backstory of Yayoi Kusama, whose hotly anticipated exhibition of infinity mirrors comes to the AGO next year? There’s a way you might just be able to spend some time getting to know Kusama’s work right in her birthplace of Japan, at the recently opened Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo if – you act  fast and enter today! Read the rest of this entry »