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Relaunching AGO Art Rental & Sales, with friends

July 22nd, 2013

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On July 11, 2013, the who’s-who of the Toronto art scene gathered to celebrate the relaunch of AGO Art Rental & Sales. It was a celebration of both its new space within the AGO and its expanded collection of art.

On display were some of the best works in contemporary Canadian art from artists such as Jeannie Thib, Will Gorlitz, Chris Dorosz, Amanda Reeves and John Brown. Standing in the midst of their inspiring pieces, towering talents such as John Eisler (an AGO Art Rental & Sales artist) and Mohamed Bourouissa (the Gallery’s current artist-in-residence) mingled with art-world luminaries like Robert Birch of Birch Libralato Gallery and Lydia Abbott from auction-gallery hybrid Consignor Canadian Fine Art.

Valerie

Artist Valerie Magarian and husband

The event was also attended by clients and supporters of AGO Art Rental & Sales. Big names from the across Toronto’s business community came out to toast the grand opening, bringing the art and corporate worlds together to celebrate the relaunch.

The night featured a set by DJ Leo Love and catering from FRANK restaurant. Experts from AGO Art Rental & Sales were on hand to provide advice on how to start and build an enduring art collection and how to select art to transform any space.

Budding collectors took advantage of the gathering to talk to artists and taste-makers about new developments in the Toronto art scene. AGO Art Rental & Sales is on the leading edge of contemporary Canadian art, with works selected from all the major galleries and independent artists in Toronto.

The space is a lot like a miniature art fair, and on this night the convergence of the city’s best talent really gave it that special buzz. Thanks to everyone who joined us!


AGO Art Rental & Sales is located on the Gallery’s concourse level, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit the website for more details and to browse some of the artworks available.

Jeanne Beker in the hot seat for AGO’s fourth Twitter Interview.

November 18th, 2011

‘Nice To Tweet You’ is a regular series that connects our Twitter followers with artists, curators, speakers and experts. Tweet your questions to @AGOToronto using the #NTTY hashtag, or leave a comment on our Facebook page, and the best will be put forward to whoever’s in the hot seat. Answering your questions this week is Jeanne Beker, who is curating a special exhibition for the AGO’s 2nd Annual Collectors Series.

Canadian fashion icon shares personal collection of artwork

Jeanne Beker wants to answer your questions

Jeanne Beker is an internationally recognised fashion guru, but did you know she is also an avid art collector? It makes sense that a great eye for fashion translates into a great eye for art, but aren’t you curious to know more? This week we’re accepting your questions for Jeanne via Twitter and Facebook – find out how and why she fell in love with the art world, delve into her personal collection and discover which artist she’d pick as ‘one to watch’.

Beker herself is a huge fan of Twitter, you can follow her at @jeanne_beker.

She is currently curating a special exhibition for the AGO’s 2nd Annual Collectors Series. The exhibition in offers a rare glimpse into Beker’s private art collection including paintings, photography, and sculptures. Opening Tuesday, Nov. 29, the Collector’s Series runs until Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at the AGO’s Art Rental + Sales Gallery, located on the ground floor of 481 University Ave. The Collector’s Series shines a spotlight on the personal art collections of notable Canadians, offering rare opportunities to share their own treasured pieces, as well as to select favourite pieces from the holdings of the Art Rental + Sales Gallery to be featured in the space. These selected works are available to the public for purchase or for rent.

Those wishing to take part can tweet @AGOToronto with their questions using the hashtag #NTTY (nice to tweet you) from now until Sunday, November 27 at 9pm. The top questions will then be selected and put to Beker. Excerpts from the full interview will be shared via @AGOToronto and a complete version will be published on the AGO Art Matters Blog.

About Jeanne Beker:

Born in Toronto, Jeanne Beker began her career in show business at the age of 16 and since then has never looked back. A mother of two teenage girls and fashion guru extraordinaire, today, Jeanne Beker is one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry both here at home and around the world.

Jeanne helped pioneer fashion on the Internet with American communications giant MCI, when she became editorial director of @fashion in 1995 – the web’s first fashion site. And with FashionTelevision.com hitting the one million mark of podcasts downloaded per month, people around the world now have 24-hour access to Jeanne and episodes from Canada’s leading fashion series. For more information, visit www.FashionTelevision.com.

To find out more about the interview please contact Holly Knowlman via email, Twitter or call 416 979 6660 (ext 426)

Saturday ArtSpeak Series: Merge (Audio)

April 27th, 2011

ArtSpeak Series: Merge 2011
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Recorded: Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ AGO Art Rental + Sales Gallery
Duration: 56:24

In conjunction with Merge, an annual exhibition showcasing emerging artists, Pamela Chang recently spoke with three Toronto based arts professionals about what you need to know to stay on top of the rising stars in the art market. This year’s exhibition featured works by Tristram Lansdowne, Jenn Law, Bogdan Luca, Amanda Nedham, Meryl McMaster and Alex McLeod.

ArtSpeak Participants:
Wil Kucey, owner/director, Le Gallery
Bill Clarke, Executive Editor of Magenta and art collector
Trish Boon, artist, arts educator, and arts writer

About the ArtSpeak Series

AR+SG host a series of FREE intimate discussions on the 3rd Saturday of the month, at 1:00 pm. Jennifer Bhogal, Coordinator of AR+SG, sits down with 3-4 prominent figures in the arts community to discuss an issue related to the exhibition on view. Everyone is welcome.

About the Art Rental + Sales Gallery

Since 1965, The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Art Rental + Sales Gallery (AR+SG) has consigned artwork from Toronto’s top galleries and independent artists, including Olga Korper Gallery, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Bau-Xi Gallery, Georgia Scherman Projects, Feheley Fine Arts, Diaz Contemporary, and many more, totaling over 40 galleries, and more than 50 independent artists. Our entire rotating inventory of over 500 works is available for rent to AGO members (memberships available at AR+SG) and for purchase to everyone.

ArtSpeak: Paralleling the Permanent Collection (Audio)

November 15th, 2010

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Recorded: Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ AGO Art Rental + Sales Gallery
Duration: 41:31

A conversation with AGO insiders about how the Contemporary Collection came to be, this discussion is connected to the AGO Art Rental + Sales Gallery’s Paralleling the Permanent Collection, an eye-opening new series of exhibitions that reveals how you can own art by the same artists whose works grace the walls of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Starting with the Contemporary Collection, AR+SG illustrates how the Canadian art icons are not unattainable. Featuring:

Shiralee Hudson, Interpretive Planner,
Maureen Boles, Acquisitions Assistant, Curatorial Affairs
Yael Dunkelman, former AGO Contemporary Curatorial Committee member

About the Saturday ArtSpeak Series

AR+SG host a series of FREE intimate discussions on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Prominent figures in the arts community discuss an issue related to the exhibition on view. Everyone is welcome.

Pamela Chang, AR+SG Assistant, speaks with AGO insiders

October 14th, 2010

Saturday, October 16 2010, 1pm
AGO Art Rental + Sales Gallery, 481 University Ave.
FREE

Join us this Saturday, for the latest event in our ArtSpeak series, presented in conjunction with our current show, Paralleling the Permanent Collection. ArtSpeak is a a series of intimate discussions featuring prominent figures in the arts community to discuss an issue related to the exhibition on view. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s discussion will focus on how works are acquired by the AGO and the challenges of interpreting contemporary art and will feature:

Shiralee Hudson, Interpretive Planner,
Maureen Boles, Acquisitions Assistant, Curatorial Affairs
Yael Dunkelman, former AGO Contemporary Curatorial Committee member

For more information call us at 416-977-4654 or email art_rental@ago.net

ArtSpeak: A World Abandoned (Audio)

June 8th, 2010

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Jeffrey, Laurin. Canopy, 2008

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Recorded: Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ AGO Art Rental + Sales Gallery
Duration: 55:10

Jennifer Bhogal, AR+SG Coordinator, speaks with the DK Photo Group about their adventures jumping fences across Europe and North America, photographing abandoned, decaying buildings, including old coal mines, once extravagant mansions, and abandoned factories.

About the Saturday ArtSpeak Series

AR+SG host a series of FREE intimate discussions on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Prominent figures in the arts community discuss an issue related to the exhibition on view. Everyone is welcome.

Image: Jeffrey, Laurin. Canopy, 2008 Infrared Digital Photograph, 1/10 27 x 21 in.

AGO Art Rental + Sales Gallery presents MERGE

March 2nd, 2010

Art Rental + Sales Gallery

March 19 – April 17

Following the overwhelming success of Merge in 2008, the AGO Art Rental + Sales Gallery will be hosting its second Merge exhibition showcasing emerging artists. AGO Art Rental +Sales Gallery has been responsible for giving many of Toronto’s artists their first break. This year’s exhibition will feature works by Nicole Katsuras, Jennifer Long, Eamon Mac Mahon, Adam Makarenko, Amy Shackleton and Janna Watson. In addition, the exhibition will see the debut of a new lecture series Saturday ArtSpeak that will showcase the rising stars in the art market, from those who know!

Opening Reception: 481 University Avenue, Ground Floor
Friday, March 19, 6 – 9 pm. Artists in attendance.
Speaking on Merge Lecture: Saturday, March 20, 1 – 1:30 pm