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November 20th, 2017

Photo by Mali Bickley, TakingITGlobal.

With today’s technology and connected classrooms, field trips don’t need to be limited to the places you can visit on a school bus… you can even be 2,000 kilometres away!

The AGO recently joined forces with Connected North, a partnership between Cisco Canada and TakingITGlobal that provides immersive and interactive education services to remote and under-served Northern communities using two-way video technology. The goal was to provide access to the AGO and the art in our Collection to students who are not able to visit in person. Read the rest of this entry »

Want a bold new look?

November 20th, 2017

Joanna Johnston, Drink It In (ed. of 3). Archival print, 48”x85”.

If you’re considering purchasing artwork but don’t know where to start—or are worried your tastes will change in the next six months or six minutes—Art Rental & Sales is the perfect solution. With its curated selection of Canadian contemporary works, the AGO’s Art Rental & Sales team can cater to your taste and budget (rental fees are 4% of the retail price per month, with some pieces as low as $120/month), so you can try out a new piece and take your holiday party décor to a whole new level. Read the rest of this entry »

Valérie Blass is a Gershon Iskowitz Prizewinner!

November 20th, 2017

Valérie Blass. Image courtesy of the artist.

The AGO is thrilled to announced, in partnership with the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, that Montreal-based sculptor Valérie Blass is the recipient of the 2017 Gershon Iskowitz Prize!

The award, presented annually to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada, includes a $50,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the AGO within two years. As the 2015 winner, Sandra Meigs’ exhibition is currently showing at the AGO: Sandra Meigs: Room for Mystics (with Christopher Butterfield) is open until January 14, 2018. Valérie now joins her—as well as prestigious names like Michael Snow, Liz Magor, Betty Goodwin, General Idea, Stan Douglas, John Massey, Geoffrey Farmer—as the 31st artist to win the prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Big news! AGO and NGC co-present Anthropocene

November 20th, 2017

Edward Burtynsky: Lithium Mines #1, Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile, 2017. Inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.

Next fall, the AGO and the Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will co-present Anthropocene, a major new contemporary art exhibition that tells the story of human impact on the Earth through film, photography and new experiential technologies. Co-produced with MAST Foundation, Bologna, Italy, the exhibition is a component of the multidisciplinary Anthropocene Project from the collective of photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. Organized by the artists in partnership with the three organizations, Anthropocene will run at both the AGO and NGC from September 2018 through early 2019. Read the rest of this entry »

Now on the AGO menu – Campbell’s Soup I

November 20th, 2017

Andy Warhol. Campbell’s Soup I, 1968. Ten colour screenprints on paper, Sheet (each of ten): 88.9 × 58.5 cm. Gift of Margaret and Jim Fleck, 2017. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / SODRAC (2017). Photo by Sandy Pranjic. Pictured: Jim Fleck. Photo by Sandy Pranjic/AGO.

On November 18, the AGO presented a soup-er successful inaugural Art Bash! gala which raised over $1 million for the Gallery’s education and outreach initiatives, as well as future exhibitions.

With food, décor, fashion and installations channelling the theme of Pop Art, Art Bash! The Factory was the perfect moment to announce an exciting gift, graciously donated by Margaret & Jim Fleck —Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup I, a set of Warhol’s iconic soup can prints featuring ten different flavours, which Margaret and Jim bought from Andy Warhol himself at the famous Factory studio! Art Bash! guests were given an exclusive sneak peek of the works at the gala, and AGO visitors will get a taste of these delicious additions when they go on display in early 2018.

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“You have to see it move!”

November 13th, 2017

Andy Warhol in Pieces, Jacqueline Mak

This fall, the AGO launches Art Bash, a new annual gala that pays homage to history’s most celebrated art parties. With a new theme each year, our first edition goes back in time to the 1960s with Art Bash: The Factory, which will bring The Factory, Andy Warhol’s New York City studio, to life inside the AGO. To make the evening really “pop,” Art Bash features the work of some amazing artists.

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The art of gifting

November 13th, 2017

The holiday season is nearly upon us, which means a busy calendar of events, twinkle lights and celebratory drinks. But it’s also time to figure out what to get for inscrutable teenagers, have-it-all retirees and everyone in between. Never fear! shopAGO’s Members’ Shopping Week, running November 14–19, makes it easy with extended hours, exclusive pop-up shops and daily food tastings. As always, AGO Members can double their discount this week and receive a 20% discount on all regularly priced items.* New this year, Members can take a behind-the-scenes look at the Art Rental and Sales portfolio with a special Vault Tour! Not a Member? This Holiday Gift Guide makes it easy to select gifts for everyone on your list. Read the rest of this entry »

How to throw a party like a pro

November 13th, 2017

Image courtesy of AGO Events.

Are you on your office holiday party committee? Does the thought of planning it make you flash back to unfortunate karaoke meltdowns? Time’s already running out to plan an event that will appeal to all tastes, personalities, schedules – and don’t forget dietary restrictions.

Beth Bruno, Sales and Events Manager at the AGO, knows the ins and outs of event planning like no one else at the Gallery. She oversees some of the hottest, most inspired parties in town, ranging from intimate dinners to enormous bashes. We chatted with her and came up with some must-have tips for anyone planning a holiday gathering for their co-workers – but they can also be applied to any fête with friends and family. Read the rest of this entry »

Links we’re loving

November 13th, 2017

Photo courtesy of People Matching Artworks.

Want to know what’s happening in the world of art and culture? Once again, we’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds here at the AGO. From the weird to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler talk: Read the rest of this entry »

So you think you collect?

November 13th, 2017

“It’s everything. It’s the single thing that I have done that expresses me the most completely, more than any of my films. Bleak House is the best thing I’ve done.” – Guillermo del Toro

If you’ve visited Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, you might recognize that quote from the exhibition’s introductory panel, located beside the stunning photograph of the filmmaker’s own Los Angeles abode that contains the collection on display. The AGO’s curatorial team wanted his words at the beginning of the show because, at its core, At Home with Monsters is about the relationships between identity, collecting and obsession.

Since the show opened in September, we decided to investigate these ideas even further by talking with visitors to the exhibition about their own collections. Sure, del Toro’s Bleak House is an awe-inspiring monument to the art of collecting and displaying objects and oddities, but we’ve had a few conversations that indicate there might be more Bleak (or Bleak-ish) Houses out there. Read the rest of this entry »