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Art Pick of the Week: El Machete

June 17th, 2019

Tina Modotti. El Machete, 1926. Gelatin silver print, Sheet: 23.8 × 18.8. Gift of Harry and Ann Malcolmson, 2015. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2015/248.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival may be over, but the AGO’s exhibition Photography, 1920s–1940s: Women in Focus remains on view until November 10. In it you’ll find two works by Italian-born photographer and political activist Tina Modotti, including our Art Pick of the Week, El Machete, which can be seen for free by AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and all visitors 25 and under!

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Dreamer’s Songs

June 17th, 2019

Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #5, 1999. Nike Air Jordans, human hair, 55.8 x 68.6 x 12.7 cm. Private Collection. © Brian Jungen. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery.

The wait is almost over! The AGO’s remarkable new exhibition, Brian Jungen Friendship Centre, opens this week. Featuring 80 incredible works from the artist’s 23 year career, the exhibition is an exploration of Jungen’s innovative practice, featuring sculpture, film, painting, drawing and installation . This is the AGO’s first special exhibition since the introduction of our new admission model. This means that AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and everyone 25 and under can see this exhibition for free.   

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5 in 35: lunch edition

June 17th, 2019

Claes Oldenburg, Ice Cream Soda with Cookie, 1963. Alkyd paint on plaster and glass, stainless steel, chinaware, paper, painted tray, 29.2 x 34.9 x 26 cm. Gift of the Sydney Lawrence Wax Family Trust, 2011. © Claes Oldenburg 2011/272

Our new admission model is making art-going easier than ever before. With a full year of art for only $35 for AGO Annual Pass holders, and free admission for AGO Members and visitors 25 and under, there’s always a reason to visit – even if it’s just for 35 minutes. Join us on your next lunch hour for a quick and relaxing art break.

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ICYMI: The beauty in found objects

June 17th, 2019

Image of crown made from gold chains
Installation image: Kara Hamilton. Crown for Ina after Beyonce, 2018. Gold, fool’s gold, pearl,  39.4 × 17.8 × 17.8 cm.  Courtesy the artist and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto. Photo: © Art Gallery of Ontario   

Have you seen Toronto-based contemporary artist Kara Hamilton’s mysterious, graceful and ambitious work in our exhibition Water in Two Colours? Since admission to the AGO Collection and all special exhibitions is always free for AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and visitors 25 and under, you have even more reason to stop by the AGO for a visit to see found objects transformed into stunning pieces of art. Hamilton’s exhibition features works created from reimagining elevator panels and also includes a unique work that combines two crowns – one chosen by Jay-Z for Beyoncé and one for Hamilton’s lost relative – into an exquisite sculpture.

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The art of wellness

June 17th, 2019

Image courtesy of the AGO.

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what if that apple is made of oil paint? There’s no doubt it’s unconventional, but research says a museum visit could be the answer to a number of health issues. To help combat social isolation, loneliness, depression and anxiety, the AGO has partnered with Stonegate Community Health Centre to allow their practitioners to prescribe visits to the AGO. Through this and future partnerships, the AGO will open its doors in the name of health and well-being, offering free admission to those with social prescriptions. With a referral from a doctor, nurse or social worker, individuals are able to access the AGO Collection and all special exhibitions for free.

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A trove of Caribbean history

June 10th, 2019

J.W. Cleary, Coconut Palms, Kingston Harbour, ca 1895, 17.53 cm x 23.11 cm. Gelatin Silver print Promised Gift of Patrick Montgomery.

Spanning 100 years of history and featuring more than 3,500 photographs from the Wider Caribbean Region including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad, The Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs has arrived at the AGOand is now part of our Collection.

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Art Pick of the Week: Still Life (Vanitas)

June 10th, 2019

Hendrick Andriessen. Still Life (Vanitas), c. 1637. Oil on panel,   49.3 x 64.2 cm. Gift of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, 1995. © Art Gallery of Ontario 95/137

With your new AGO Annual Pass all cued up on your phone, we’re expecting to see a lot more of you! And to help make sure you get something new out of each visit, we picked some of our favourite works in the AGO Collection for you to spend some time with.

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“Pop” art

June 10th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Walking through the galleries it’s easy to spot the many fathers and father figures depicted throughout the AGO Collection. From powerful monarchs to early French settlers, there are representations of fatherhood from many different cultures and time periods. And with Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we gathered together a few works to help you celebrate the special father, pop, dad, granddad or other father figure in your life.

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Not hawkward at all

June 10th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

For weeks now, AGO staff and visitors have been reaching for their binoculars, trying to get a glimpse of an exciting new installation. A family of red-tailed hawks has taken up residence in Grange Park and can be seen soaring around and occasionally landing on the AGO. Keen to learn more about our feathered friends, we sent a few questions to Mark Peck, Manager of the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity at the Royal Ontario Museum. Below is a snippet of that conversation.

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