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Infinity is here

February 26th, 2018

Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, 1966 – present, Installation view at Art Gallery of Ontario. 1355 stainless steel spheres, each sphere 30 cm (diameter). Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; David Zwirner, New York; Victoria Miro, London © Yayoi Kusama.

It may have felt like eternity waiting for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors to arrive in Toronto. The touring exhibition first opened at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. a year ago but patient art fans will be thrilled to know that eternity is almost over, and Infinity in Toronto opens on March 3!

We spoke to Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, the AGO’s lead curator on Infinity Mirrors, who gave us the inside scoop on the exhibition’s uniquely Toronto elements.

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First Thursday goes down the rabbit hole

February 26th, 2018

Come down the rabbit hole with us, as the AGO, in partnership with OCAD University’s Graduate Criticism & Curatorial Practice candidates, celebrates a Kusama-themed First Thursday on March 1. Using Yayoi Kusama’s claim of being a “modern day Alice in Wonderland,” the night will encourage visitors to leave behind the familiar, challenge their perceptions and step into enchanted worlds. Inspired by Kusama’s groundbreaking art, the AGO opens its doors to some enchanting Canadian artists and thinkers– from Montreal’s dreamy synth pop makers TOPS to otherworldly sculptures from Hoda Zarbaf, to choreographer Amanda Acorn’s Multiforms  described as “a love letter to perpetual motion and testament to body magic.”

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Links we love – Kusama Edition

February 26th, 2018

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field,1965. Installation view in Floor Show, Castellane Gallery, New York, 1965. Sewn stuffed cotton fabric, board, and mirrors. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama.

We’re getting excited to share the world of Yayoi Kusama with our visitors beginning on March 3. Get ready to get dotty over these Kusama art news stories making the rounds at the AGO.

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Talking about infinity

February 20th, 2018

Private Preview of Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha at Blum & Poe. Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, 2012 ©Patrick McMullan, Mike Gardner/patrickmcmullan.com

It’s been 362 days since Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors debuted at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., but Mika Yoshitake, the exhibition’s curator, is still going. Having travelled with the exhibition from Washington to Seattle and then LA, she’s here now overseeing the installation of an exhibition years in the making. On Wednesday, February 28, she’ll speak to a sold-out audience in Baillie Court about the exhibition. You can catch that conversation live on the AGO Facebook page, beginning at 7 pm.

We caught up with Mika in one of her rare free moments to get a few details about the exhibition that has us infinitely excited.

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3-D History

February 20th, 2018

Image by the AGO.

Long before 3-D movies, before 3-D printing and before virtual and augmented reality, there was the humble stereoscopic viewer. Think of it as a very early version of the View-Master you played with as a kid. A stereoscopic viewer combines one left-eye visual and one right-eye visual into a 3-D image. Read the rest of this entry »

To (con)serve and protect

February 20th, 2018

Image courtesy of Katy Whitman.

We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, but how do we keep it that way? Tomorrow night, AGO Photography Conservator Katy Whitman launches a series of free public talks on preserving your important visual memories. Beginning at 6:30 pm in the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Care of Photographs in Personal Collections is an interactive talk where attendees are invited to bring their own photograph collections to share and discuss.

We caught up with Katy to ask her for a few picture-perfect pieces of advice.  Read the rest of this entry »

Spring into art

February 20th, 2018

AGO Free After Three: Fibre Fun with Anni Spadafora

Image by the AGO.

Have you noticed that the days are slowly getting longer again?  That can only mean one thing…spring is just around the corner! Technically, spring starts on March 21 but we’re celebrating the thaw at the AGO with our new spring courses!

Spring is the perfect time to reconnect, reinvigorate and try new things. So why not indulge your artistic impulses in some of these courses? Read the rest of this entry »