Curious about what’s happening in the world of art and culture? We’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the strange to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler chatter.
A small town in Sweden is relocating to more stable ground. And to commemorate the town’s rebirth, artists Bigert & Bergström created Solar Egg, a five-person sauna and public art installation in the shape of a large golden egg.
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.
With thousands of species endangered or on the brink of extinction, what will we lose when they’re gone? We ask this question in On the Brink, the fifth episode of our podcast seriesInto the Anthropocene. The podcast explores issues sparked by our exhibition, Anthropocene, which features stunning artworks by acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier that reveal the scale of human impact on the planet.
Want to turn your doodles into a comic strip but unsure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Starting this month, learn the ins and outs of drawing cartoons in our Introduction to Comics workshop for adults.
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.
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.
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.
Exciting news! We’ve launched #InfinityAGO, a crowdfunding campaign to buy our own Infinity Mirror Room by internationally renowned artist Yayoi Kusama. We’re off to a great start but we’ve got a ways to go.
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.