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Rebecca Belmore – last chance

October 16th, 2018

Install view of Belmore's work At Pelican Falls

Installation view, Rebecca Belmore, At Pelican Falls, 2017. Video monitor, sculpture, wall text, photos, variable. Organized and circulated by PLATFORM centre © Rebecca Belmore

Have you seen our exhibition Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental? Closing Sunday, October 21, this incredible exhibition of stunning works by Rebecca Belmore explores pressing issues including water and land rights, women’s lives, violence against Indigenous people and the role of the artist in contemporary life. Don’t miss the exhibition The New York Times calls “striking and provocative.”

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California love

October 16th, 2018

Karla Wozniak, Strange Arrangement 5. Provided by Art Toronto © Karla Wozniak.

With the chilly weather, are you feeling wistful about sunnier days? Maybe even doing a little California dreaming? The good news is you don’t need to leave Toronto to experience the West Coast. Canada’s international contemporary and modern art fair, Art Toronto, is bringing the Golden State to us, thanks to this year’s theme, FOCUS: California.

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Putting the new in art nouveau

October 16th, 2018

Armand A.L. Rassenfosse, Salon des Cent, 1896. Four colour lithograph on wove paper, Sheet: 64.9 x 46 cm. Gift of Katharine Lochnan, 2012.

Take a trip back to Paris in the Belle Époque, with our new collection of Art Nouveau posters from the Salon des Cent, now on view for the first time at the AGO on Level 1 in the John & Nancy Mulvihill Gallery, Gallery 127.

Le Salon des Cent, which translates to the Salon of One Hundred, was a commercial art exhibition organized by French literary magazine La Plume; it featured about 100 artists, hence the name. From 1893 to 1900, La Plume held 43 shows, with colourful posters, prints and reproductions of artwork on sale to the general public. Thanks to a generous donation from Ron and Maralyn Biderman the AGO has nearly a complete set of these beautiful posters.

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Anthropocene in 3-D

October 16th, 2018

Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier. AR #2, President Kenyatta’s Tusk Pile, April 28, Nairobi, Kenya, 2016. Photogrammetric augmented reality (AR). Courtesy of the artists.

Creating an augmented reality (AR) artwork is no simple task. It requires photographing an object from every possible angle, thousands of times. These high resolution photographs are then painstakingly stitched together to create a 3D model that can be seen digitally. Then an app is developed through which to see and engage with the artwork. This complex process is worth every step because the results are astonishing – as visitors to our major fall exhibition, Anthropocene, are finding out.

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Art With Heart

October 5th, 2018

Rebecca Belmore, X mark, 2014, Archival pigment print- framed, signed and numbered, 14” x 21”. Image provided by Casey House. © 2014 Rebecca Belmore.

Going once, going twice…sold! Art-lovers and supporters of Casey House, a hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS, are invited to the AGO on October 16 for the 25th annual Art With Heart fundraising auction and reception.

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A monumental response

October 5th, 2018

Two sculpture works by Rebecca Belmore - Tower and tarpaulin

Rebecca Belmore, Tower, 2018 (detail) and tarpaulin (2018). Installed at the Art Gallery of Ontario © Rebecca Belmore

Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental is a big show – in multiple ways. On view until October 21, the exhibition features large-scale works that engage with big issues – including water and land rights, women’s lives, violence against Indigenous people and the role of the artist in contemporary life. The exhibition takes up a lot of space too – Belmore’s work fills the entire Level 5 of the AGO’s contemporary tower and extends throughout the AGO, including in Galleria Italia. It stretches to Queen and Bay Street, where a new video work appears on the Media Art Wall of TD Bank.

The response from art critics and the public has been big too. If you haven’t visited this stunning exhibition yet, hear from the experts on why you should see it before it’s too late.

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D.I.Y. with Paddy Leung

October 5th, 2018

image of person standing in tall grass with birdhouse on their head.

Paddy Leung, multidisciplinary artist and DIY Days facilitator. Image by Paddy Leung.

Do you love to D.I.Y.? Are you between the ages of 14 and 25? You can get your D.I.Y. on at the AGO for free this fall. Our FREE After Three program offers exciting workshops including D.I.Y. Days on Tuesdays – all for free! Learn to tie-dye, create your own Halloween costume, try papier-mâché and more.

We spoke to local artist Paddy Leung, facilitator of some amazing D.I.Y. Days workshops including the Pop Art Snack Attack sessions. Paddy chatted with us about upcoming workshops, her inspiration and why she loves FREE After Three programs.

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An epic trilogy

October 1st, 2018

Edward Burtynsky. Carrara Marble Quarries, Cava di Canalgrande #2, Carrara, Italy, 2016. Mural, 304.8 × 609.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © 2018 Edward Burtynsky.

Anthropocene is open! Visitors are flocking to the AGO to see the spectacular works by Canadian artists Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier in our major fall exhibition.

You don’t want to miss the large-scale photographs, murals, films and augmented reality artworks. To add to your exhibition experience, on select dates in October and November, you can check out the artists’ trilogy of films playing at our own Jackman Hall. These three visually stunning films take viewers on a journey of awe, while reflecting on the environmental and ethical issues surrounding the impact humans are having on the planet. Check out the trailers to get a glimpse of these amazing films.

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