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Archive: December, 2018

Anthropocene: A curator’s view

December 11th, 2018

Aerial image of an area in a forest that has been clear cut.

Edward Burtynsky, Clearcut #5, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 2017. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto © Edward Burtynsky, 2017

Have you seen Anthropocene yet? On now, this major exhibition, featuring stunning works by renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, gives an evocative portrait of how humans are transforming the planet.

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A new powerful work by Kara Walker

December 10th, 2018

Three black and white etchings of people in silhouette

Kara Walker, Resurrection Story with Patrons, 2017. Etching with aquatint, sugar-lift, spit-bite and dry-point, printed on paper, Print 1: 101 × 76.2 cm, Print 2: 101 × 124.5 cm, Print 3: 101 × 76.2 cm. Purchased as a gift of the Marvin Gelber Fund and Carol and Morton Rapp, 2017. © Kara Walker

Contemporary artist Kara Walker’s work is beautiful, moving and often challenging. She creates black paper-cut silhouettes, paintings, installations and films that explore race, gender, sexuality, violence and cultural identity. You can see these themes in a recently-acquired print, Resurrection Story with Patrons, now on view at the AGO.

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Coming soon: Impressionists in a changing time

December 7th, 2018

A factory with three smokestacks on the bank of a river.

Camille Pissarro. Factory Near Pontoise [Usine Près Pointoise], 1873. Oil on canvas, Unframed: 45.7 × 54.6 cm. Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts/ The James Philip Gray Collection. Photo: David Stansbury

Amazed by all the new buildings changing the city skyline? Tired of scaffolding blocking the sidewalk? So were French Impressionists in the late 1800s. Opening at the AGO this February, a groundbreaking exhibition, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro, and more, reveals how artists were fascinated by both the thrills and challenges of a changing city.

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Femmes Noires on screen

December 7th, 2018

Woman with butterfly wings against a landscape

Betty: They Say I’m Different

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires is open and visitors can’t get enough! Through collage paintings, video installations, photography and more, this powerful exhibition explores how Black women’s bodies are represented in art and pop culture.

To complement the exhibition, we’re showing three films in January that focus on the lives of Black women in America – Daughters of the Dust, The Color Purple and Betty: They Say I’m Different.

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Thank you for making infinity possible!

December 3rd, 2018

Mirrored room

Yayoi Kusama, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice. Photograph courtesy Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

We did it! Thanks to the #InfinityAGO donors and the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, internationally acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama’s stunning artwork, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, is coming to the AGO…forever.

We’re proud that we’ll have Canada’s first Infinity Mirror Room, so art fans today and future generations can experience Kusama’s immersive work. Thank you to over 4,700 #InfinityAGO donors who together raised over $651,180. From all of us at the AGO, thank you for joining together to make infinity happen!

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