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Puppet fun

June 18th, 2018

A small shadow puppet theatre with a butterfly and frog shadow puppet.

The Shadow Puppet Theatre at the Hands-On Centre. Image by the AGO.

Got a little one who loves art and animals? We’ve got something special just for them!

This summer, the AGO’s Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre is the place to be where children of all ages can create their own animal silhouette puppets and decorate them with colour and tissue paper, and bring them to life behind a shadow puppet theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

A paw-fect model

June 15th, 2018

A Collie lies on a platform in front of an art student who has drawn the dog on their easel in blue pastel.

Kailey the collie poses for the AGO’s Life Drawing class. Image by the AGO.

Think life drawing is ruff? Wait till you meet these model canines.

Three times a year, the AGO offers Life Drawing classes for young people age 8–18. Using a variety of models and techniques, these classes teach students drawing skills, from shading to proportion to line and shape. Usually, the class features still objects or live models for young students to draw. And sometimes a very special guest steps in for artistic inspiration — a therapy dog!

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ICYMI: Images of War

June 15th, 2018

A photo from between 1914 and 1918 of a plane in flight, silhouetted against the sky.

Unknown Photographer, German. Silhouette of airplane in flight, around 1914–1918. Gelatin silver print, 13 x 18 cm. Anonymous Gift, 2004. 2004/303.2 © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

The First World War was a time of violence and destruction. It was also a time of rapid changes in military and aviation technology. Photography’s technology also evolved. An AGO exhibition, Photography: First World War, 1914–1918, highlights the fascinating role photography played in the war.

At the time, the millions of photographs taken by military officials, press agencies, soldiers and civilians made the First World War the most photographed war in history. The AGO has nearly 500 albums from this period, thanks to a collection generously donated in 2004 by a private collector, featuring images from different sides of the conflict. Many of the photographs were developed confidentially as highly classified records, offering views of war rarely seen. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunirrusiangit on screen

June 15th, 2018

An Inuit man hides behind a bank of snow, with the light of the setting sun hitting his face.

Zacharias Kunuk, Maliglutit (Searchers) (film still), 2016, 2016. 94 min.,colour, sound.

Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak is officially open! Visitors are streaming into the exhibition to see the work of two extraordinary artists, Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak, who challenge viewers to respond to their art and the Inuit world view in new ways. This exhibition reflects the strong, unique voices of four Inuit co-curators who grounded this major retrospective in first-person narratives, storytelling, poetry and film.

When you visit, you’ll notice the big screen near the show’s exit, showing three film trailers — each of these films is playing this month (for free!) at the AGO’s Jackman Hall as a continuation of the exhibition’s content and themes, as recommended by the Tunirrusiangit curatorial team. Read the rest of this entry »

You’re invited to celebrate Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak

June 8th, 2018

Kenojuak Ashevak, Bountiful Bird, 1986. Colour lithograph on paper, Sheet: 58 × 77.6 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2002. © Estate of Kenojuak Ashevak.

“Tunirrusiangit” means “their gifts” in Inuktitut – and starting this week Toronto is invited to enjoy the gifts of Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak in the AGO’s retrospective on these two formidable artists.

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AGO Picasso research makes global headlines

June 8th, 2018

Two people examine a Picasso painting through an XRF Machine

X-ray fluorescence instrument set up for the scan of La Miséreuse accroupie, with Sandra Webster-Cook (left) and Kenneth Brummel, both of the Art Gallery of Ontario. © Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

In the 1950s, Pablo Picasso urged people to do X-rays of one of his works, because there was a lost work underneath. Inspired by that comment, the AGO has undertaken exciting new research about what’s under the surface of La Soupe (19023), a Blue Period painting by Picasso, making headlines in the process.

Gifted to the AGO in 1983 by Margaret Dunlap Crang, La Soupe depicts a child reaching toward a bowl held by a solemnly posed woman. But it’s what’s underneath that is capturing everyone’s attention.

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AGO meets The Stop’s Night Market

June 8th, 2018

Grilled IPA marinated chicken with cashew

Image by the AGO.

Love delicious food and want to support access to nutrition for communities in Toronto?

Don’t miss The Stop’s Night Market, an annual fundraiser that brings together the brightest of Toronto’s design, performance, and cuisine-minded creatives to celebrate food and the power of community. This year it will include savoury snacks from more than 65 chefs over two evenings (June 12 and 13). Led by Executive Chef Renée Bellefeuille, the AGO culinary team will be participating once again.

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Calling all high school art experts

June 8th, 2018

AGO Summer Art Camp attendee's

Photo by the AGO

Summer is here and that means camp is just around the corner. The AGO has one of the best kids’ camps in town. And we’re inviting teens ages 15–18 to be camp volunteers to help our counsellors to look after young campers in a fast-paced, fun and art-filled atmosphere.

AGO Summer Art Camp is so much fun that some of our volunteers return to become camp staff. That’s exactly what happened with volunteer extraordinaire Niamh Gyulay. We spoke with Niamh to find out why she’s crazy about camp.

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Links We’re Loving

June 8th, 2018

AGO Staff in front of artwork

Work Shown: Pierre Bonnard, Paysage du Midi et deux enfants, c. 1916-1918 © Art Gallery of Ontario

Want to know what’s happening in the world of art and culture? We’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the strange to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler chatter.

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On collecting Käthe Kollwitz

June 4th, 2018

A Kathe Kollwitz charcoal drawing of a baby resting on a woman's lap, her hands folded next to it.

Käthe Kollwitz, Sleeping Child in the Lap of her Mother. Charcoal and wash with graphite on wove paper. 34.4 x 45.2 cm. Promised Gift of Dr. Brian McCrindle.

In 2015, Dr. Brian McCrindle, a cardiologist and researcher at The Hospital for Sick Children, made an extraordinary donation to the AGO of 170 prints, drawings and sculptures by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz.

What motivated Dr. McCrindle to build and then donate this collection? On Wednesday, June 6 at 7 pm in the Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre, Dr. McCrindle joins Brenda Rix, curator of Käthe Kollwitz: Art and Life to discuss the importance of Kollwitz’s art. Tickets are still available, but seating is limited. Book your tickets now. Read the rest of this entry »