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Podcast: Picasso and the Art Market (Audio)

June 18th, 2012

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Molly Ott Ambler and Elizabeth Gorayeb
Recorded on Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m. in Jackman Hall
Duration: 01:20:41

Molly Ott Ambler and Elizabeth Gorayeb, vice-presidents from Sotheby’s New York, visited the AGO on June 6 for a fascinating discussion about the intriguing world of the art market for Pablo Picasso while he was alive, as well as his relationship with his dealers. They also addressed the current market for Picasso’s work. Ms. Ott Ambler, as director of Day Sales and in her 15 years at Sotheby’s, has been privileged to handle Picasso’s works from every period and in every medium, from delicate pencil drawings to unique terracotta hand-painted owls. Ms. Gorayeb has been involved with many record breaking sales including Picasso’s Homme á la pipe.

Presented in partnership with Sotheby’s Canada.

The Silent Muse: the Influence of African Art on Picasso’s Early Work with Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford (Audio)

May 18th, 2012

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937.

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937. Oil on canvas 92 x 65 cm Musée National Picasso, Paris Pablo Picasso gift-in-lieu, 1979, MP158 (C) Succession Picasso, 2011 (C) RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

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Recorded: Wednesday, May 9, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Duration: 01:34:04

During the early years of the twentieth century a new form of painting was born. This was not a further resolution of the aesthetic conundrum that had been teasing European artists for centuries – this wasn’t an evolutionary step that took us closer to understanding the mechanics of paint and canvas – this was the establishment of a new kind of aesthetic aim. This is the beginning of a radical change in pre-war cultural trajectory, an unstoppable revolution that defined post-war popular culture, and continues to inform the arts. It was a shift that found its most dramatic form in the work of Pablo Picasso, but was triggered and inspired by the art of Africa.

Twitter Round Up

April 24th, 2012

This morning we had a fantastic turn out for our press preview for Picasso – Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. Members of all media types were on site for a sneak-peak of what is sure to be one of the most talked about exhibitions at the Gallery this year.  We’d love to thank all those who came out and a special thanks to our devoted twitter followers who had a lot of really fantastic things to say about the exhibit.

Here’s a snap shot of some of our favourites from this mornings press preview:

We can’t wait to keep the conversation going online.  If you are on Twitter join the conversation with #PabloTO and we are also posting lots on both our blog and on  Facebook. So stay tuned and we look forward to hearing what you think!

See The World Through The Eyes of a Genius: Tickets on Sale Saturday March 31

March 27th, 2012

This summer the most famous, influential, exhibited and discussed artist of the 20th Century arrives in Toronto. Featuring 147 works from the artist’s own collection, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso is a chance to see Picasso as he wanted the world to see him. View the pieces he chose to keep for himself to define his artistic legacy by visiting us at the Art Gallery of Ontario from May 1 – August 26, 2012.

 Save the date: Tickets on sale March 31 

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, touring internationally whilst the Musée National Picasso in Paris undergoes renovations. We are the only Canadian stop on a worldwide tour of the collection that also includes Madrid, Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Richmond, Va., San Francisco and Sydney, Australia.

Exhibited chronologically and covering virtually every phase of the modern master’s unceasingly radical and diverse career, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris features:

  • The Death of Casagemas, one of the first works he created in Paris in 1901;
  • Autoportrait (Self-Portrait), the iconic 1906 self-portrait;
  • the 1904 Blue-period masterpiece Celestina (The Woman with One-Eye), and The Two Brothers, a 1906 work from his Rose period;
  • landmark African-inspired artwork that led to the advent of Cubism, including studies for the 1907 masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Three Figures Beneath a Tree, 1907-08
  • examples of his genre-defining Analytic and Synthetic Cubism artworks, including the 1909-10 Sacré Coeur, 1911’s seminal Man with a Guitar and 1915’s Violin;
  • Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race), a 1922 masterwork from his Neoclassical period, and 1925’s The Kiss, from his Surrealist period;
  • a series of sculptures created during the Second World War, including 1942’s Bull’s Head, and two bronzes, 1943’s Death’s Head and 1950’s The Goat;
  • The Bathers, the 1956 life-sized, six-piece figurative sculpture series created during a summer in Cannes; and
  • The Matador, the famous self-portrait painted in 1970, three years before his death.

The exhibition also highlights Picasso’s depictions of his muses and mistresses, including 1918’s Portrait of Olga in an Armchair, which features the Russian ballerina and Picasso’s first wife seated on a Spanish tapestry, the background left purposefully unfinished. French surrealist photographer Dora Maar, who inspired his 1937 “Weeping Woman” series, is also prominently featured, as is Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s second wife and most-painted muse, depicted in the 1954 work Jacqueline with Crossed Hands.

Tickets for this life-changing exhibition go on sale from March 31. Beat the box office lines and buy online.

To get tickets for your preferred time, buy online at and bypass the admissions line when you arrive. Print your tickets at home or flash them on your phone as you enter the Gallery. Tickets can also be picked up in person, should you run into problems printing at home. Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is a timed-entry exhibition, which means you pick a time that suits you best and then enter the exhibition at any time during that designated hour. You can stay in the exhibition as long as you like. In fact, we encourage you to take your time!