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Here’s looking at you: Share your Colville moment on Instagram and Twitter

December 4th, 2014

“It’s the ordinary things that seem important to me.”
— Alex Colville

Our exhibition Alex Colville includes more than 100 works by the iconic Canadian painter. After seeing this body of work and getting acquainted with the artist’s unmistakable style and his sometimes haunting views of his own world, it’s easy to start seeing Colville’s unique perspective all around us. The exhibition’s curator and the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, Andrew Hunter, has said that after spending considerable time with Colville’s art, he can’t help but encounter these moments, and he’s shared some of them on Instagram (see above slideshow). Visitors have also told and shown us that Colville’s work stays with them outside the Gallery walls.

To help celebrate the artist and his visual legacy, we want to see what Colville means to you. If you’re visiting the exhibition, take a photo with binoculars (supplied by us) in front of a Toward Prince Edward Island reproduction at the end of the exhibition, or show us a “Colville moment” from your world. Share the photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ColvilleAGO, and we’ll post our favourites to our Facebook page. At the end of the exhibition in early January, we’ll conduct a random draw, the winner of which will receive a $100 AGO gift certificate redeemable at shopAGO or FRANK restaurant, or to spend on future admission or towards a membership.

We can’t wait to see your Colville moments! Questions? Leave them in the comments below.

#AGOfieldtrip: Pascal Paquette’s Instagram tour of new Toronto street art

September 16th, 2014

We handed over our Instagram account to Toronto artist Pascal Paquette last week, and from Sept. 10 to 13 he travelled around Toronto’s street and alleys capturing new street art and graffiti work, both commissioned and sanctioned, along with classic works from recent years. The 15 photos he shared with our followers are evidence of Toronto’s thriving street art community, which provides fertile ground for Toronto talent and attracts accomplished artists from around the world. Many thanks to Pascal for the tour and to all the artists who’ve brightened our city’s streets with these projects.

About
Pascal Paquette is primarily a fine art painter, and also uses street art, graffiti and photography in his site-specific projects. His art has been exhibited, commissioned and published internationally and locally, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) and the AGO in 2012, when he and Sean Martindale presented their collaborative installation NOW. He lives in Toronto, Canada, and posts to Instagram at @pascalpaquette.

Instagram takeover: Pascal Paquette presents new Toronto street art

September 8th, 2014

Chou (aka Pascal Paquette) on Camden Street, Toronto.

Chou (aka Pascal Paquette) on Camden Street, Toronto.

Toronto artist Pascal Paquette is taking over our Instagram account from Sept. 10 to 13. He’ll be roaming Toronto streets to post pics of street art and graffiti, both commissioned and sanctioned works produced mainly this summer, along with classic works from recent years. Follow @agotoronto and #agofieldtrip to see the photos, then find the geo-mapped locations and experience the pieces in person.

About
Pascal Paquette is primarily a fine art painter, and also uses street art, graffiti and photography in his site-specific projects. His art has been exhibited, commissioned and published internationally and locally, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) and the AGO in 2012, when he and Sean Martindale presented their collaborative installation NOW. He lives in Toronto, Canada, and posts to Instagram at @pascalpaquette.

Ask a Curator Day is September 18: join the conversation on Twitter!

September 17th, 2013

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Curious about curation? Sept. 18, 2013, is your chance to ask an AGO curator your burning questions about their roles in the Gallery. Last year’s Ask a Curator Day was a lot of fun, and we hope this year’s event on Twitter will be just as good! These are the members of the AGO’s curatorial staff participating this year:

  • Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art
  • Greg Humeniuk, Canadian Art Curatorial Assistant
  • Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art
  • Sasha Suda, Associate Curator of European Art

Learn more about the event here, and on Sept. 18 follow the #AskACurator hashtag on Twitter to gain insight into curatorial staff and curators from other galleries and museums around the world!

December #ArtHour: Join us and curator Dot Tuer for a Frida & Diego Twitter chat

December 6th, 2012

On Thursday, Dec. 13, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., we’re teaming up with Dot Tuer, guest curator of Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting for an hour-long online discussion about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and their work. We hope you’ll take part!

Our visitors have a lot to say about Frida & Diego since its opening on Oct. 20, 2012; they tell us on comment cards, they talk to our staff and they post their thoughts on our Facebook page and on Twitter. We want to hear from you! On Thursday, Dec. 13, we’re inviting everyone who has something to say about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera — their lives, their work and how it moves us — to join us on Twitter for a discussion with Dot Tuer, OCAD University professor, cultural historian and guest curator of Frida & Diego at the AGO.

We hope you’ll add your thoughts to a discussion centred on the following questions:

Q1 What tells us more about Frida and Diego’s lives together — photos of them or their art?

Q2 Is politics as important for art now as it was in Frida and Diego’s time?

Q3 What is the main reason for Frida’s popularity today?

Q4 Besides the current exhibition, what are the best sources of info on Frida and Diego?

Q5 Who are your favourite artist couples besides Frida and Diego?

Q6 Who is the better painter — Frida or Diego? Why?

The person who contributes the most to this month’s #ArtHour will win a pair of passes to Frida & Diego (before Dec. 23, 2012), as well as a copy of the book Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, edited by Dot Tuer and Elliott King.

Nice To Tweet You

HOW TO TAKE PART

What #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.

When Thursday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST (takes place the second Thursday of every month).

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto for questions and answers from Dot Tuer, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.

Who #ArtHour is for everyone: galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.

How Starting at 2 p.m. @agotoronto will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for our December #ArtHour. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.

Frida and Diego press preview: social media highlights

October 17th, 2012

The Art Gallery of Ontario welcomed nearly 100 guests to our media preview of Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting on Oct. 16, 2012. Amid the interviews, filming, note-taking and photo snapping, there was a lot of tweeting going on (and a bit of Instagramming too). Click through to see social media highlights from the event. Read the rest of this entry »

October #ArtHour: Join the AGO and Art Toronto for a chat on art collecting

October 9th, 2012

On Thursday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with Art Toronto and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about art collecting. We hope you’ll take part!

Buying art can be a complicated task, and for new collectors it can raise many difficult-to-answer questions. What are your reasons for buying art? From whom? What kind? What’s a fair price? And where should you start looking?

Each year, Art Toronto offers insight into collecting and the contemporary art world. This year’s programming lineup includes talks and tours by dealers, collectors, curators and artists on subjects like getting a collection started, buying the work of emerging artists and Toronto’s art scene. The AGO is taking part, too, with a panel discussion on art prizes, a curator-led tour focusing on the work of women artists exhibited at Art Toronto, an advice-heavy tour from our Art Rental + Sales Gallery staff and more.

With their expertise, we’re glad to have the Art Toronto team as our co-hosts on Oct. 11 for a Twitter chat that explores the following questions:

Q1 What questions should you ask when buying artwork?

Q2 What are your tips for novice collectors?

Q3 Where do you buy artwork (auctions, fairs, galleries, etc.)?

Q4 When buying the work of emerging artists, what do you look for?

Q5 What was the first piece of art you ever bought or wanted to buy?

Q6 What value do you think art collecting has in our communities?

The person who contributes the most to this month’s #ArtHour will win a pair of passes to attend Art Toronto 2012 (Oct. 26-29), as well as three books on the AGO’s special collections.

Nice To Tweet You

HOW TO TAKE PART

What #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.

When Thursday, October 11, 11 a.m. – noon EST (takes place the second Thursday of every month).

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @ArtToronto for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.

Who #ArtHour is for everyone: galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.

How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @ArtToronto will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for our October #ArtHour. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.