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Archive: August, 2019

Courtside with Brian Jungen

August 19th, 2019

Brian Jungen Friendship Centre (detail), installation image, Art Gallery of Ontario © Brian Jungen

Have you ever seen Nike Air Jordan sneakers reimagined as Indigenous masks? What about a 40-foot long whale sculpture made of white plastic deck chairs? Or sculptures resembling totem poles made of golf bags? If you haven’t, hurry in to the AGO to see Brian Jungen Friendship Centre; this incredible exhibition, on view now on Level 2 in the Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavilion, closes on Sunday, August 25.

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A slam dunk for Friendship Centre

August 19th, 2019

Brian Jungen Friendship Centre (detail), installation image, Art Gallery of Ontario © Brian Jungen

Critics and visitors have been raving about Brian Jungen Friendship Centre. With less than a week left before the exhibition closes, time is running out to see the stunning works of this artist. Take a look at some of the glowing reviews and visitor feedback for Brian Jungen Friendship Centre.

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Sh*t Must Stop

August 19th, 2019

Image © William N. Copley Estate /  Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In the 1960s, people not only asked critical questions, they got active and demanded answers. Calling forth the spirit of rabble-rousing and rebellion, newly installed into our Prints and Drawings collection on Level 1 in Nicholas Fodor Gallery (Gallery 140) are the innovative Shit Must Stop (S.M.S.) portfolios from our new exhibition Mail Art, Break the Rules: The Shit Must Stop Portfolio.         

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Art Pick of the Week: Houses, Richmond Street

August 16th, 2019

Lawren S. Harris. Houses, Richmond Street, 1911. Oil on canvas, Overall: 61.1 x 66.6 cm. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © Family of Lawren S. Harris, Photo: Michael Cullen

When you hear the name Lawren S. Harris, you may think of sharp blue and white depictions of the Canadian North. But before this artist’s monumental works of northern landscapes came to be, Harris was enamoured with urban scenes, including the one in this week’s Art Pick, Houses, Richmond Street.

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Art Pick of the Week: Steam Yacht, Gunilda

August 12th, 2019

British. American Schooner Rigged Steam Yacht, Gunilda, Builder’s Model, 1897. Wood, painted and varnished; metal, painted and plated (nickel? silver?); copper alloy; glass; string/wire, Model: 60 x 23 x 140 cm. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © Art Gallery of Ontario AGOID.106311

So you’ve just arrived to the AGO, sailed through the ticket line (using your new AGO Annual Pass, perhaps) and are drawn towards the airy sunlight in Walker Court. But before you head into the galleries, take a detour down below deck into the Thomson Collection of Ship Models and check our Art Pick of the Week, Builder’s Model: American Schooner Rigged Steam Yacht, Gunilda.

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A monument to Milne

August 9th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Have you visited our David Milne Centre? Tucked into a quiet corner near the Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre, this space originally opened in 2012 after the AGO received a generous gift from the Milne family in 2009. Featuring items from the personal archives of Canadian painter and printmaker David Milne – including sketches, watercolours, photographs, letters and diaries that reveal Milne’s daily routine, his relationships, his fascination with nature and his creative struggles – the Centre has recently reopened after a round of refreshing renovations.

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By the light of the moon

August 9th, 2019

Brian Jungen. Moon, 2013. Steel, deer hide, trabant fenders, freezer, Overall: 258 × 130 × 71 cm. Promised Gift of Robin and Malcolm Anthony. © Brian Jungen, Photo: SITE Photography

What do deep freezers, auto parts and animal hides have in common? According to artist Brian Jungen, these items are used extensively in Indigenous communities across Northern Canada. He recognizes these materials as being “part of the vocabulary of the community” and are therefore fitting source materials for his sculpture, Moon, on view now as part of Brian Jungen Friendship Centre.

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New fall programming announced

August 7th, 2019

Image of Zadie Smith by Dominique Nabokov

From Peter Paul Rubens to Hito Steyerl, artists have always responded to the world around them, producing work to challenge the way we think and change our perceptions about what’s possible. This fall, a range of AGO programs will explore some of the issues inspiring artists today. With a provocative line-up of talks, performances, film screenings and more, we’re excited to bring world-class conversations to the AGO.

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