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A Closer Look: Kent Monkman edition

November 12th, 2018

Kent Monkman's artwork The Academy

Kent Monkman. The Academy, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, Framed: 205.7 x 297.2 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchased with the assistance of the David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, 2008. © Kent Monkman 2008/114

In our blog series, A Closer Look, we explore some amazing works in the AGO Collection, like our feature on a Camille Pissarro painting. This edition, we’re turning our attention to the fantastic details of artist Kent Monkman’s powerful, large-scale painting The Academy, which includes references to works you may recognize from the AGO Collection – but not in the way you’re used to seeing them.

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Meet the people making #InfinityAGO possible

November 12th, 2018

Image of woman sitting at table painting

Portrait of Yayoi Kusama. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy YAOYI KUSAMA Inc

We’re off to a great start in our #InfinityAGO crowdfunding campaign to bring an Infinity Mirror Room by acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama to the AGO… forever. We’re so inspired by the outpouring of love and excitement for Kusama’s immersive artwork. Join the thousands of people helping to bring this important work to the AGO for infinity so that as many art fans today and in future generations can experience Kusama’s amazing work. And in the meantime, meet two donors who are helping us make it happen.

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An artistic cliffhanger

November 12th, 2018

Image still from film of man walking on tightrope over a cliff, holding paintings in each hand

Taus Makhacheva, Tightrope, 2015. 4k video, colour, sound. Running time: 58 minutes, 10 seconds. Purchased with the F.P. Wood Fund, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of narrative projects, London. © Taus Makhacheva.

Moving methodically back and forth across a valley, a solitary tightrope walker carefully carries 61 paintings and works on paper from one side of a mountain to the other, placing them into an open-sided cage that resembles museum storage racks. This is Tightrope (2015), Taus Makhacheva’s scenic and absorbing video installation. Heralded by The Guardian as “breathtaking” and by The Art Newspaper as “one of the most talked about works” at last year’s Venice Biennale, Tightrope is a new addition to the AGO Collection and is now on view in the Signy Eaton Gallery on Level 2.

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Meet the Younders

November 12th, 2018

Man and woman standing in front of sculpture

AGO volunteers Michael Younder and his mother Susan Younder 2018. Artwork shown in background: Michael Snow, Expo Walking Woman, 1967. © Michael Snow

At the AGO, we work with many wonderful, art-loving volunteers. For long-time volunteers Susan and Michael Younder, an appreciation for art – and volunteering – runs in the family.

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Coming soon to the Contemporary Tower

November 2nd, 2018

Image of room with four tv monitors, chairs and cushions

Mickalene Thomas. Los Angelitos Negros, 2016. 4 HD video monitors : four (4) two-channel HD video, sound; each: 121.9 x 137.2 cm; duration: 23 minutes, 18 seconds; 121.9 x 137.2 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).

Can you hear that? That’s the sound of anticipation building. After the success of recent AGO exhibitions with Suzy Lake, Anne Collier and, most recently, Rebecca Belmore, we’re buzzing with excitement about the upcoming solo exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists Mickalene Thomas, Vija Celmins and Hito Steyerl.

We’re so excited. We can’t keep it to ourselves any longer. Here’s what’s coming in the months ahead to Level 5 of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower.

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Changing images of war

November 2nd, 2018

Image of soldiers walking along the road during WW1

Ernest Brooks. Battle of the SommeGerman prisoners, 1916. Gelatin silver print, 20 × 25 cm. Anonymous Gift, 2008. 2008/7883

The First World War was a time of mass violence and destruction. It was also a time of evolution for military, aviation and photographic technology. Ahead of Remembrance Day, we’re opening a second rotation of photographs this Saturday in our exhibition, Photography: First World War, 1914–1918.

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Remembering loss

November 2nd, 2018

image of women embraced on woodcut, wove on paper

Käthe Kollwitz, Die Mütter, 1921. Woodcut on wove paper, Sheet: 48 × 65.6 cm. Promised Gift of Dr. Brian McCrindle.

With Remembrance Day this Sunday, it’s a fitting time to spotlight the art of renowned 20th-century German artist Käthe Kollwitz. An advocate for women, children and the poor, Kollwitz also spoke out against suffering. A second rotation of Kollwitz’s work, created during what she called the “unspeakably difficult years” of the First World War and its aftermath, is on view now in our exhibition Käthe Kollwitz: Voice of the People.

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