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Archive: September, 2018

Anthropocene is here!

September 24th, 2018

Edward Burtynsky, Mushin Market Intersection, Lagos, Nigeria, 2016. Mural, 304.8 × 609.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © 2018 Edward Burtynsky

Our major fall exhibition, Anthropocene, opens this Friday, September 28, and you won’t want to miss it! Exploring the human impact on Earth, the exhibition features stunning large-scale photographs, murals, films and immersive augmented reality (AR) installations by Canadian artists Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.

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Meet Madame Gandhi

September 22nd, 2018

Image of Madame Gandhi with glasses on the side of her face

Image by Wendy Figueroa.

We can’t wait for the October 4th First Thursday: #myspace. This edition of Toronto’s biggest art party is inspired by our major fall exhibition, Anthropocene. It will be filled with music performances, art and more by an exciting group of women artists including Sage Paul, Gxxrls and Kaitlin Prest.

We recently gave you a sneak peek of the performers. This week we’re spotlighting October’s First Thursday headliner Madame Gandhi – an exciting Los Angeles-based electronic musician, drummer and activist who’s known for creating art that celebrates the female voice. As well as being an artist in her own right, she’s performed on tour as a drummer for rapper and electronic artist M.I.A.

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It’s all relative

September 21st, 2018

Caption: Edmund Wyly Grier. Portrait of Mabel Cawthra, 1892. Oil on canvas, Overall: 172.5 × 146.5 cm.Gift of Jeremy E.B. Adamson, on behalf of the descendants of Mabel Cawthra (Mrs. Agar S.A.M. Adamson), 2016. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Imagine walking through the AGO, admiring works in the newly reopened J. S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art, and seeing a portrait that looks familiar. You move in for a closer look and realize the person in the portrait is … your great-grandmother!

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Art all night

September 21st, 2018

Image of a forest in BC

Ancient Forest Alliance, 2018. Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. HD Video Installation. Courtesy of the artists.

Art-goers rejoice! It’s that time of year, where for one night you can enjoy art from dusk to dawn. While taking in some of the 75-plus awe-inspiring projects and performances that are part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018, stop by the AGO this Saturday night for an installation you won’t want to miss.

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Strike a pose

September 17th, 2018

image of a woman in a white dress wearing a monocle on her right eye

Unknown. The Monocle Mode. The eyeglass, the wearers of which were once regarded as “superior persons”, has staged a successful return to social life without the stigma of superiority attached to its use, 1920s-1930s. Gelatin silver print. Anonymous Gift, 2008. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario

It’s a busy time for fashion fans. The Fashion Weeks in Toronto and New York recently wrapped up. London Fashion Week is now underway and in just a few days, Milan Fashion Week kicks off.

To celebrate Fashion Month, we’ve gathered a selection of works in the AGO Collection featuring some rather chic fashions. From the luxurious and bejewelled to beach fashion, here are some stylish artworks for the sartorial-minded.

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New contemporary acquisitions

September 17th, 2018

Bronze body on the floor

Danh Vo, Gustav’s Wing, 2013. Bronze; Head: 20 x 27 x 16 cm, Torso: 57 x 42 x 23 cm, Right arm: 40 x 23 x 18 cm, Left arm: 42 x 51 x 13 cm, Right leg/lower body: 64 x 51 x 27 cm, Left leg: 70 x 18 x 13 cm. Long-term loan of Eleanor and Francis Shen. © Danh Vo

Turn off social media is a new display of highlights from the AGO Collection and recent acquisitions, such as Gustav’s Wing by Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vō. (Vō’s work was recently discussed in our chat with Eleanor Shen.)

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September in the arts scene

September 14th, 2018

New MOCA Toronto building. Photo by Arash Moallemi.

New MOCA Toronto building. Photo by Arash Moallemi.

It’s a busy time at the AGO. Between our critically acclaimed exhibition Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental (on until October 21) and preparing for our major fall show, Anthropocene (opening September 28), we’ve got a lot going on.

And we’re not alone. Toronto’s arts and culture scene is jam-packed with amazing events this fall. From museum openings to literary festivals, fashion exhibits and more, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks to check out this month.

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