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Archive: December, 2018

Celebrate the season with us

December 17th, 2018

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon, March in the Birch Woods, 1919, Oil on canvas, 73.7 x 91.4 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift of Canadian National Exhibition Association, 1965

Looking for something creative to do with family and friends over the holidays? Need the perfect gift for your loved one? Or maybe you need a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Open throughout the holidays (except Christmas Day), the AGO has exciting exhibitions, delicious food and artful gift giving ideas to make this a holiday to remember.

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Awe for Anthropocene

December 14th, 2018

An aerial photograph of a river in Nigeria polutted with gasoline runoff creating a rainbow slick on the water's surface.

Edward Burtynsky. Oil Bunkering #1, Niger Delta, Nigeria, 2016. Pigment inkjet print, 148.6 x 198.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © 2018 Edward Burtynsky.

Our major exhibition Anthropocene, on view until January 6, is a celebrated collaboration between Canadian artists Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier and features stunning large-scale photographs, murals, films and immersive augmented reality (AR) installations that reveal the scale of human impact on the Earth. The exhibition is part of a multidisciplinary project, which includes a critically acclaimed documentary film, an AGO-produced catalogue, an art book by Steidl and a podcast that made Apple Podcasts’ Best of 2018 list!

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Bold winter programs

December 14th, 2018

Mickalene Thomas, Naomi Sims #2, 2016. Silkscreen ink and acrylic on mirrored acrylic mounted on wood, 152.4 x 182.9 cm. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018)
Mickalene Thomas, Diahann Carroll #2, 2018. Silkscreen ink on acrylic mirror mounted on wood panel, 182.9 x 152.4 x 5.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).

With amazing film screenings, interactive performances and powerful talks by local and international artists, the AGO is the place to be this winter. Complementing our new exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, our winter season of programs centres the perspectives and experiences of Black women artists.

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A sensory experience

December 14th, 2018

People interacting with multisensory artwork

Image by the AGO

What if visual art extended beyond sight to our other senses? What would the Ontario landscape in Tom Thomson’s The West Wind sound like? How would the stiff clothes in Otto Dix’s Portrait of Dr. Heinrich Stadelmann feel? We’re one step closer to finding out thanks to a unique collaboration between the AGO and OCAD University.

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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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