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Children’s Author Joan Yolleck at shopAGO

March 2nd, 2011

Sunday, March 13th 1:30-2:30 pm shopAGO

Meet Joan Yolleck, author of Paris in the Spring with Picasso at shopAGO on Sunday, March 13th between 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

“Paris in the spring with Picasso invites the reader into the world of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso and their friends for a day of adventure that culminates in a party. Text and illustrations are beautifully integrated to evoke the studio life of painters and writers, the legendary Paris salon, and an exuberant street scene […]This is a book about the making of art — literary as well as visual — and the value of friendship and affection in connecting artists with their best ideas. The creative impulse may be sparked by a dream, a memory, an image, a sound or scent, and often in the company of one’s friends[…]These are key messages for children and artists of all ages.”

(B. Mains, review)

March Break hours, shopAGO

March 2nd, 2011

Come and visit shopAGO during March Break!

The main shop will be open the following hours:

  • Saturday, March 12  11:30-6
  • Sunday, March 13  11:30-6
  • Monday, March 14  11:30-4
  • Tuesday, March 15  11:30-6
  • Wednesday, March 16  11:30-9
  • Thursday, March 17  11:30-6
  • Friday, March 18  11:30-6
  • Saturday March 19  11:30-6
  • Sunday March 20  11:30-6

shopAGO’s Maharaja Marketplace will be open from 10am daily, in tandem with Gallery hours.

Meet Vikram Vij

February 28th, 2011

Vikram VijWednesday, March 9
5 – 7 pm

Next Wednesday, come by shopAGO to meet Vikram Vij and pick up a copy of his new book, Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey – The Warmth and Ease of Indian Cooking.

The lineups are legendary at Vij’s Restaurant in Vancouver, where genial proprietor Vikram Vij and his wife, Meeru Dhalwala, use local ingredients and original ideas to create exciting takes on the cuisines of India.

Meet the chef and owner of Vij’s, hailed by The New York Times as “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.” Vikram will be signing copies of the couple’s award-winning bestseller Vij’s: Elegant & Inspired Indian Cuisine and their recently published Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey — superlative Indian dishes, from stove to plate in less than 45 minutes.

This book is just one of many products inspired by Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts. Join us for a taste of India — at shopAGO!

Shary Boyle Book Signing, February 23rd

February 4th, 2011

Meet Canadian artist Shary Boyle as shopAGO features the companion catalogue to the exhibition Shary Boyle: Flesh and Blood, which ran September 15th to December 5th 2010 at the AGO.

Pick up your copy and have it signed Wednesday, February 23rd  between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Shary Boyle, one of the decade’s most buzzed-about Canadian artists, was awarded the $25,000 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO in 2009 for her outstanding contribution to visual arts in Canada. Boyle is a multidisciplinary artist who works fluidly between drawing, painting, sculpture, projection, and installation.

This major publication features all new works, many created especially for Boyle’s first solo museum exhibition, touring nationally throughout 2011. Three original essays and dozens of color plates showcase the remarkable talent of this artist. Catalogue available at shopAGO or online here.

Arvinda’s Spice Blends – Cooking Demonstration

January 20th, 2011

As part of the Maharaja Festival Week, discover Indian flavours with Arvinda Chauhan and her daughter Preena Chauhan as they guide you through the fundamentals of Indian cuisine.

Saturday, January 29th, 1pm – 3pm, in the Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium

Arvinda’s spice blends are derived from time-honoured family recipes, ground into perfumed gems of unparalleled taste and aroma. Roasted, ground and blend in small batches, containing no additives or inexpensive fillers, Arvinda’s spice blends contain only the most fragrant whole spices Nature has to offer – green cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and star anise to name a few.

Arvinda Chauhan’s signature masala blends ingeniously combine key curry ingredients for you to make healthy and delicious Indian dishes. Arvinda’s Cooking Masalas contains at least 50% fresh Ontario organic garlic from a local garlic co-op. Contains no oils, additives or preservatives.

Visit shopAGO to purchase Arvinda’s Masala and Spice Blends, $6.50 per tin, or purchase online here

Henna Tattooing at shopAGO

January 20th, 2011

Visit shopAGO during the Maharaja Festival and get yourself tattooed with henna!

Tattooing services are available Saturday, January 29th and Sunday, January 30th from 12pm to 4pm in the shop.

Prices range from $5 to $20, based on the size and intricacy of the design selected.

David Blackwood Book Signing, February 2nd 2011

January 14th, 2011

Meet Canadian artist David Blackwood at the launch of Black Ice: David Blackwood – Prints of Newfoundland – the companion catalogue to the exhibition running February 5th to June 12th, 2011.

Pick up your copy and have it signed Wednesday, February 2nd in shopAGO between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

The 224-page volume, edited by Katharine Lochnan, features 115 colour plates and an international, interdisciplinary approach to Blackwood’s works, including essays by Lochnan, geologists Derek Wilton and Martin Feely, historian Sean Cadigan, folklorist Caoimhe Ní Shúilleabháin, art critic Gary Michael Dault, and novelist Michael Crummey. Black Ice will be available to purchase at shopAGO in February, or online here.

Ask Henry!

January 14th, 2011

ShopAGO Book Expert and Buyer, Henry Mark, is available to assist you with all of your art book needs! 

Visit Henry in person on the sales floor of the shop Tuesday through Friday between 11:30am and 2:00pm.

If you are unable to visit during these times,  feel free to leave him a note with your question at the upper mezzanine cash desk. Henry will contact you by email.

AGO Book Club: The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser

January 13th, 2011

The next book club selection is The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser. The meeting will be held at the Art Rental + Sales Gallery, 481 University Avenue on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 7pm. For more information, to register for the session or to receive the Book Club e-Newsletter call 416-979-6660 ext 5948.

One museum, two thieves, and the Boston underworld—the story behind the lost Gardner masterpieces and the art detective who swore to get them back

Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of leads, hundreds of interviews, and a $5-million reward, not a single painting has been recovered. Worth a total of $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become the Holy Grail of the art world and one of the nation’s most extraordinary unsolved mysteries.

Art detective Harold Smith worked on the theft for years, and after his death, reporter Ulrich Boser inherited his case files. Traveling deep into the art underworld, Boser explores Smith’s unfinished leads and comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including the brilliant rock ‘n’ roll art thief; the golden-boy gangster who professes his innocence in rhyming verse; the deadly mobster James “Whitey” Bulger; and the Boston heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner, who stipulated in her will that nothing should ever be changed in her museum, a provision followed so closely that the empty frames of the stolen works still hang on the walls. Boser eventually cracks one of the biggest mysteries of the case and uncovers the identities of the men who robbed the museum nearly two decades ago. A tale of art and greed, of obsession and loss, The Gardner Heist is as compelling as the stolen masterpieces themselves.

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The Gardner Heist will be available to purchase at shopAGO,  $18.99