1958. It was the year Elvis joined the army, the Avro Arrow made its debut flight and Toronto launched an international competition to design City Hall. In Paris and New York, abstraction was all the rage and one of the biggest couples in art, American Joan Mitchell (1925–1992) and Canadian Jean Paul Riopelle (1923–2002), were creating monumental paintings.
We asked Kenneth Brummel, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Modern Art and coordinating curator of our current exhibition Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation, to tell us more about two amazing works created in 1958.
The AGO is celebrating artists who create their own immersive worlds. Under the theme “In Living Colours,” our April 5 First Thursday is inspired by Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors and Kusama’s incredible ability to submerge her viewers into her artistic vision. Headliner Clara Venice is a Toronto-based musician who’s best known for playing the theremin, an electronic musical instrument whose eerie soundwaves can transport you into another world.
Like Kusama, Clara is a fan of repetitive imagery. The musician makes her live performance unique by projecting videos of herself playing various instruments behind her on stage (forming her own virtual backing band).
We spoke to Clara about why the theremin is so misunderstood, and why she’s so excited to be a part of First Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »
Andrea Fraser. Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk. 1989. Video, approximately 29 minutes. Photo: courtesy the artist.
What do I, as an artist, provide? What do I satisfy? — Andrea Fraser, Official Welcome, 2001
Andrea Fraser is known for making waves in the art world. For over 30 years, this influential artist’s work has been identified with performance, feminism and critiquing institutions, including museums. Toronto art fans will have a chance to hear the renowned artist speak at Creative Minds: Art and Truth on April 4.
From her incredible Infinity Mirror Rooms to the spectacular installation Narcissus Garden to her powerful paintings, Yayoi Kusama’s work continues to inspire and amaze us. But how much do we know about the artist herself? In part two of our interview with Mika Yoshitake, the exhibition’s curator, she shares exciting details about the artist and her craft. Read the rest of this entry »
How do you properly fête an art world icon who’s been creating world-renowned art for over 70 years?
The AGO is honoured to be hosting Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors during Kusama’s birthday, which is just around the corner on March 22. And to celebrate, some of our staff and volunteers have a message they’d like to share with Kusama about what her work means to them. Watch below, and have a happy birthday Yayoi Kusama! Read the rest of this entry »
To celebrate the #5womenartists challenge, we’re highlighting some amazing women artists featured at the AGO as well as incredible women curators who work with them.
This week, we’re looking back to last September when we hosted the exhibition Rita Letendre: Fire & Light, a retrospective on the groundbreaking work of one of Canada’s eminent living abstract artists, Rita Letendre. The exhibition blew Toronto away with Letendre’s large-scale paintings, undeniably energizing in their vibrant colour and striking compositions. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s estimated that only 10 per cent of Wikipedia editors identify as female. The content on Wikipedia skews the same way. The result? Too many women artists are missing from one of the Internet’s largest resources.
On Saturday, March 24, the AGO’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon offers a free space and access to extensive resources you can use to update those citations Wikipedia articles need. Best of all, everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary as there will be tutorials and one-on-one coaching available. Bring your own laptop and get ready to Wiki! Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a mere two months before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say their “I do’s”. Before you get your fascinators on, why not take a trip to the AGO to see a work with a royal history. Every painting has a story and we’ve got one with a very royal lineage!
The Harvest Waggon (the British and Commonwealth English spelling of “wagon”) refers to two paintings by the English artist, Thomas Gainsborough. The first was painted around 1767 and the latter created around 1784–85 and is part of the AGO Collection. Read the rest of this entry »