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Archive: June, 2019

That’s the snuff!

June 24th, 2019

A small handheld porcelain bottle molded in the shape of a reclined human figure.
Chinese. Snuff Bottle, Moulded in the form of Li Tiguei, The drunken poet, 1780-1850. Porcelain, Overall: 6.2 x 3.1 x 1.9 cm. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario AGOID.108443

At the AGO, you can see art from many different places and times throughout history. Ken Thomson’s prized collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles is a “must-see” for your next visit. Take a trip to the Thomson Collection of European Art (Gallery 111 on Level 1) to uncover some of the fascinating details and little known facts about these treasured pieces of Chinese art history.

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Origin stories

June 24th, 2019

Installation view of J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art. Works shown from left to right: Florence Carlyle, The Tiff and The Studio; Joanne Tod, Chapeau Entaillé; Anishinaabe. Bandolier Bag, 3 Cherries; Rebecca Belmore, Rising to the Occasion.

It has been a full year since the J.S. McLean Centre was renovated, reinstalled and renamed as part of the AGO-wide Look:Forward project. Following a complete renovation of the individual galleries and the reinstallation of over 75 works, the Centre reopened for Canada Day 2018 as the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art. And since we’re open this Canada Day weekend – including Monday, July 1 from 10:30 am to 4 pm – it’s the perfect time to check out the incredible art on display there!

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Art Pick of the Week: El Machete

June 17th, 2019

Tina Modotti. El Machete, 1926. Gelatin silver print, Sheet: 23.8 × 18.8. Gift of Harry and Ann Malcolmson, 2015. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2015/248.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival may be over, but the AGO’s exhibition Photography, 1920s–1940s: Women in Focus remains on view until November 10. In it you’ll find two works by Italian-born photographer and political activist Tina Modotti, including our Art Pick of the Week, El Machete, which can be seen for free by AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and all visitors 25 and under!

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Dreamer’s Songs

June 17th, 2019

Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #5, 1999. Nike Air Jordans, human hair, 55.8 x 68.6 x 12.7 cm. Private Collection. © Brian Jungen. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery.

The wait is almost over! The AGO’s remarkable new exhibition, Brian Jungen Friendship Centre, opens this week. Featuring 80 incredible works from the artist’s 23 year career, the exhibition is an exploration of Jungen’s innovative practice, featuring sculpture, film, painting, drawing and installation . This is the AGO’s first special exhibition since the introduction of our new admission model. This means that AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and everyone 25 and under can see this exhibition for free.   

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5 in 35: lunch edition

June 17th, 2019

Claes Oldenburg, Ice Cream Soda with Cookie, 1963. Alkyd paint on plaster and glass, stainless steel, chinaware, paper, painted tray, 29.2 x 34.9 x 26 cm. Gift of the Sydney Lawrence Wax Family Trust, 2011. © Claes Oldenburg 2011/272

Our new admission model is making art-going easier than ever before. With a full year of art for only $35 for AGO Annual Pass holders, and free admission for AGO Members and visitors 25 and under, there’s always a reason to visit – even if it’s just for 35 minutes. Join us on your next lunch hour for a quick and relaxing art break.

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ICYMI: The beauty in found objects

June 17th, 2019

Image of crown made from gold chains
Installation image: Kara Hamilton. Crown for Ina after Beyonce, 2018. Gold, fool’s gold, pearl,  39.4 × 17.8 × 17.8 cm.  Courtesy the artist and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto. Photo: © Art Gallery of Ontario   

Have you seen Toronto-based contemporary artist Kara Hamilton’s mysterious, graceful and ambitious work in our exhibition Water in Two Colours? Since admission to the AGO Collection and all special exhibitions is always free for AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and visitors 25 and under, you have even more reason to stop by the AGO for a visit to see found objects transformed into stunning pieces of art. Hamilton’s exhibition features works created from reimagining elevator panels and also includes a unique work that combines two crowns – one chosen by Jay-Z for Beyoncé and one for Hamilton’s lost relative – into an exquisite sculpture.

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The art of wellness

June 17th, 2019

Image courtesy of the AGO.

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what if that apple is made of oil paint? There’s no doubt it’s unconventional, but research says a museum visit could be the answer to a number of health issues. To help combat social isolation, loneliness, depression and anxiety, the AGO has partnered with Stonegate Community Health Centre to allow their practitioners to prescribe visits to the AGO. Through this and future partnerships, the AGO will open its doors in the name of health and well-being, offering free admission to those with social prescriptions. With a referral from a doctor, nurse or social worker, individuals are able to access the AGO Collection and all special exhibitions for free.

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A trove of Caribbean history

June 10th, 2019

J.W. Cleary, Coconut Palms, Kingston Harbour, ca 1895, 17.53 cm x 23.11 cm. Gelatin Silver print Promised Gift of Patrick Montgomery.

Spanning 100 years of history and featuring more than 3,500 photographs from the Wider Caribbean Region including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad, The Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs has arrived at the AGO and is now part of our Collection.

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