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Archive: October, 2018

From Art Toronto to the AGO Collection

October 29th, 2018

Art Toronto as seen from above

Image by the AGO

We came, we saw, we bought art! Art Toronto’s Opening Night is a great mix of amazing contemporary art, artists and art lovers. For the past 19 years, it’s also an important evening for AGO curators to view great new art and add to the AGO Collection. Party guests are the first to find out (and check out) what the AGO has acquired. This year was no exception.

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Creepy art

October 29th, 2018

English, Mourning Ribbon Slide: Skull and Crossbones on Plaited Hair, late 17th century. Gold, enamel, hair, gems, rock crystal. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Halloween is almost here. To get into the ghostly spirit, we’re spotlighting works in the AGO Collection that feature skulls, coffins and other spine-chilling symbols for a delightfully morbid visit to the AGO.

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Coming soon: New exhibition by Brian Jungen

October 29th, 2018

Sculpture by Brian Jungen

Brian Jungen, Warrior 1, 2017. Nike Air Jordans, leather, 99.06 x 81.28 x 73.66 c.m. Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York. © Brian Jungen. Photo by Jason Wyche

You may never look at shoeboxes the same way again. This summer, the AGO welcomes an exciting solo exhibition by Brian Jungen, the B.C.-based artist internationally renowned for sculptures and installations made from repurposed consumer goods. The exhibition, curated by Kitty Scott, the Carol and Morton Rapp Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the AGO, will include many new and recent sculptures and masks, as well as an epic film installation. And for the first time, Jungen will exhibit his archive – materials that have inspired his work – neatly packed in 400 Nike shoeboxes.

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The importance of remembering

October 19th, 2018

Image of man walking in the snow in Lodz Ghetto

Ross, Henryk, 1910 – 1991 Lodz Ghetto: Man walking in winter in the ruins of the synagogue on Wolborska street (destroyed by Germans 1939) 1940 Gelatin silver print Silver gelatin on cellulose nitrate: negative series Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift from Archive of Modern Conflict, 2007 © Art Gallery of Ontario

In honour of Holocaust Education Week, which begins November 1st, we’re spotlighting our collection of photographs of the Lodz Ghetto, now on view online and at two exhibitions in Portland. Seventy-eight years ago, in 1940, 164,000 Jewish people were incarcerated in the Lodz Ghetto under deplorable conditions. Disease and starvation were rampant. Thousands more were incarcerated over the next four years. Only a small number survived the Holocaust.

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AGO goes greener

October 19th, 2018

image of grange park greenery behind the AGO

Grange Park. Image by the AGO.

Our major fall exhibition, Anthropocene, reveals the scale of human impact on our planet. Featuring extraordinary large-scale photographs, films and immersive augmented reality (AR), the works span six continents and 20 countries, from landfills in Nairobi to marble quarries in Italy, to logging sites in British Columbia. And the exhibition inspired us to explore, how is the AGO working to be eco-friendly?

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