Recorded: Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
The rise of Asia on the international scene is one of the most compelling stories in contemporary art. Provocative artworks command ever-higher prices as markets expand, and impressive new museums, schools and biennials continue to proliferate. Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Tokyo and Beijing have established themselves as major art-world hubs, competing directly with London and New York. In order to understand this phenomenon and its connection to global movements of economic and political power, the Asia Contemporary Speaker Series presented a talk by Vishakha Desai. Desai is an art historian and senior advisor of Global Policy and Programs at the Guggenheim Foundation and past president and CEO of the Asia Society. Desai’s lecture launched the Asia Contemporary Speaker Series, presented in cities across Canada by the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s National Conversation on Asia.
Vishakha Desai’s curatorial work on such groundbreaking exhibitions as Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions; Inside Out and New Chinese Art established her as an influential and respected voice. These exhibitions were landmarks in bringing contemporary Asian art into a global dialogue.
The talk was presented in partnership with the Canadian Art Foundation and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
From left to right: Emmanuelle Léonard (Canada), Citizens, Protest, March 15, 2009, #5137 (detail), 2009. Inkjet print, 102 x 90 cm. Annie MacDonell, The present is the future of the past and the past of the future (The Fortune Teller) (detail), 2012, 16″ x 12″, chromogenic print. Jason Evans, Untitled (detail), from The Daily Nice, 2004–ongoing. Online project, dimensions variable. Jo Longhurst (UK), I Know What You’re Thinking (detail), 2003. Chromogenic print, 101.6 x 76 cm.
This year’s nominated artists share a fascination with the world of images that surround, and often bombard, us every day. Taking on everything from fashion editorial and sports photography to found objects and crime-scene documentation, by appropriating existing images, placing familiar genres in new contexts, and pushing the photographic print into the three-dimensional realm, these nominees reinvigorate our relationship with photography. In this discussion, The Grange Prize 2012 shortlisted artists chatted with members of jury about the provocative issues and topics their works traverse.
Friday, September 7, 3 – 6 pm
in the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School
in the Weston Family Learning Centre at the AGO
Session 1: Photography’s Dimensions
3 – 4:15 pm
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Moderated by: Dr. Gaëlle Morel, Curator, Ryerson Image Centre
Panelists: Sara Knelman, Annie MacDonell, Jo Longhurst
Since the 1970s, in the wake of post-modernism’s questioning of the photographic image, many contemporary photography artists have worked with spaces of display – studio, gallery, cinema – and their conventions – both past and present – as they push two-dimensional images into the three-dimensional realm. How can we make sense of these expanded dimensions of the image?
Session 2: Photography’s Contexts
4:45 – 6 pm
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Moderated by: Sophie Hackett, Lead Juror and Assistant Curator, Photography, AGO
Panelists: Charlotte Cotton, Emmanuelle Léonard, Jason Evans
The photographic images we encounter on a daily basis circulate in the press, on billboards, posters, postcards and online. They teach us, for instance, about fashion, crime, what’s beautiful and what isn’t. How do contemporary photographers today make use of different contexts and modes of circulation to reinvent how we understand photographs?
Molly Ott Ambler and Elizabeth Gorayeb
Recorded on Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m. in Jackman Hall
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.
Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, and Lucinda Childs in conversation
Recorded on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in Baillie Court
Visual artist and director Robert Wilson and composer Philip Glass broke all the rules of conventional opera when, in 1976, they created Einstein on the Beach, the influential masterwork that brought them international renown. It is a stunning five-hour fusion of sound, image and movement that, in the words of the Washington Post, “seduces the viewer into an immense, imagined universe of its own.” Lucinda Childs danced in the ’76 production and has contributed to the choreography of every subsequent iteration.
In advance of an international tour, these three legendary artists—all now in their seventies—united for a roundtable discussion moderated by Luminato artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt about the creation and evolution of their groundbreaking work and its North American premiere at Luminato.
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
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.
Recorded: Wednesday, April 4, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Baxter’s work encompasses photography, installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, and a performative aspect that seeks to challenge and redefine the role of the artist. Collaboration and contingency are central to Baxter’s working method. In 2005 he legally changed his name to IAIN BAXTER&, underscoring that all art transpires in relation to and in partnership with a viewer/receiver. Follow Iain Baxter& on his journey from zoologist to conceptual artist to Br&. The &man will share his insights on the ecology of life and art &……..
Recorded: Wednesday, March 21, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Stephen Shore is an American photographer, known for his pioneering use of colour in art photography. His book Uncommon Places is a classic in the field. His acclaimed writings on The Nature of Photographs illuminate the many ways photographs impact on our perception. Through examining the trajectory of the development of his work, he will explore a number of essential factors of the medium of photography. Shore has been recognized with many prestigious awards, and is a Director of Photography at Bard College, New York.
Recorded: Friday, March 9th, 2012, noon – 1 pm in Baillie Court
Join philosopher and author Alain de Botton for the next in a series of brown-bag lunch-time talks. Born in Zurich, Switzerland and now living in London, Alain is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as ‘philosophies of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain has long been passionate about modern architecture and was instrumental in starting the organization Living Architecture, as well as writing The Architecture of Happiness, which asks the question “what is a beautiful building?” His latest book, Religion for Atheists, is a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. A book signing with the author will follow. Alain will bring to this talk his extensive knowledge of art history, aesthetics and the art world.
The Brown Bag Lunch & Talk series is generously supported by
Recorded: Wednesday, March 7, 7 – 8:30 pm in Jackman Hall
Join Christopher Dewdney for an evening of insights into the work of Jack Chambers along with personal, often humerous, anecdotes from Dewdney’s long familial acquaintance with the artist.
Christopher Dewdney has been writing art criticism for more than three decades. He is the author of four books of non-fiction as well as eleven books of poetry. His most recent non-fiction title is Soul of the World: Unlocking the Secrets of Time. Dewdney teaches creative writing and poetics at the Glendon Campus of York University in Toronto.
Recorded: Wednesday, February 29, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Join Simon Stephens to hear about ships, ship models and Tintin.
Simon Stephens is curator of the Ship Model and Boat Collection at the National Maritime Museum, London. He curated the Thomson Collection of ship models installation at the AGO and co-curated the National Maritime Museum’s 2005 Tintin At Sea exhibition.