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April 11th, 2017

Marie-Helene Vieira da Silva. Nocturnal Space, 1954. Oil on canvas, 97 x 129.4 cm. Gift from the Women’s Committee Fund, 1957. © Art Gallery of Ontario

In February, we announced Look:Forward, a major initiative  that will reinvigorate the AGO’s Collection galleries. Scheduled to be completed in 2018, Look:Forward will mean more art in more spaces—over 70,000 sq. ft. of new installations across more than 50 galleries to be specific, featuring work from each of our collecting areas: Canadian, European, Modern & Contemporary, Photography, and Prints & Drawings.

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ICYMI: Taking art to the street

April 11th, 2017

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Photo: AGO

Spring is here, and it’s time to get outside and explore. Do you love finding art in unexpected places? Take a walk along Croft Lane just north of College Street and you can explore an immersive art project created by local youth last summer. StreetARToronto and the AGO collaborated on an initiative that saw nine young people create murals in this vibrant Annex neighbourhood.

To kick-start the project, the young artists took part in a street art tour and gained valuable training at the AGO. The youth were mentored by artists Pascal Paquette and Sean Martindale, AGO and StreetARToronto staff, and members of Toronto Police Service’s 14 Division.

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Breaking through the screen

April 10th, 2017

Image courtesy of the artist.

As Massive Party gets closer and closer (tickets are 70% sold; hurry and get yours now!), we’re getting more and more excited to see what three incredible Toronto artists have in store. We’ve already talked to Jon Sasaki and Harley Valentine about their respective projects for Machine Age Massive – taking place on April 27. Let’s find out more about the third artist, tasked with exploring the Digital Age theme in Walker Court.

Trudy Elmore is an artist who draws on classical art history, but channels that form through digital illustration and animation. Her work often looks at how humans interact with technology and the connections between technology and religion. Party-goers will be immersed in Trudy’s projected animations in Walker Court—you might already be addicted to screens, now get ready to be addicted to Trudy Elmore’s work.

Read on, and watch the video below, to learn more about Trudy’s installation for Machine Age Massive.

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Large Two Forms will soon be on the move…

April 10th, 2017

Henry Moore’s iconic sculpture, Large Two Forms¸ which has lived on the corner of McCaul and Dundas Streets since 1973, will be moving this spring into the newly revitalized Grange Park. Stay tuned to hear when this massive relocation effort will happen. In the meantime, take a look back at the TLC Large Two Forms received two years ago, when conservators gave it a good cleaning.

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Now performing at Creative Minds: Whitehorse!

April 10th, 2017

On Friday, April 21, AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall returns to address the provocative theme of Art and Nationhood. Four world-renowned artists and a prominent Toronto journalist will discuss current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress. Last Friday we were thrilled to announce that Whitehorse, the acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning Canadian rock duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, will be kicking off the event with a musical performance.

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Georgia O’Keeffe is almost here!

April 3rd, 2017

Georgia O’Keeffe. Oriental Poppies, 1927. Oil paint on canvas, 76.2 x 101.9 cm. The Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Museum Purchase, 1937.1 © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

It’s no secret that later this month we’re the only North American museum presenting a major Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition… and it’s kind of a big deal. The exhibition just finished hugely successful runs at the Tate Modern in London, England and the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna, Austria – and it’s on its way to us!

This is the largest and most significant exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work ever shown in Canada, with more than 80 jaw-dropping works, including two that are exclusive to the AGO.

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What is Canada?

April 3rd, 2017

Mark Lewis, Things Seen, 2017. Single screen video, 6K transferred to 2K. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario, 2017; Film still courtesy and copyright of the artist and Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.

Mark Lewis is based in London, England, but he has never forgotten his roots in Hamilton, Ontario. Perhaps living outside of his native country allows him to have a fresh perspective on Canadian culture and explore it through film, as he’s done countless times. The artist has found inspiration in various places, from the ice skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square to a snowstorm at the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library to Algonquin Park in the winter.

In a new exclusive exhibition at the AGO, Lewis focuses his lens on Canada – literally. The word “Canada” has inspired three new films that are part of a larger series – his most ambitious to date. Canada, Valley and Things Seen are silent meditations on images, ideas and feelings that the word “Canada” may conjure, and as two of them were shot in the GTA, the city is also portrayed from distinctive views.

Here’s how Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art at the AGO and the curator of Mark Lewis: Canada, describes each film:

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10 works. 10 stories.

April 3rd, 2017

Matthew Israel

Can 10 artworks tell the story of contemporary art today? Matthew Israel, an art historian and curator-at-large for Artsy, thinks so. His new book, The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists, reveals the unknown stories behind 10 iconic works, connecting them to larger social and artistic contexts – all while breaking down the art-speak. Come and hear from the author himself when the AGO presents Matthew Israel: The Big Picture on April 8, Israel’s only stop in Canada.

The works range from Ai Weiwei’s Remembering, to Kara Walker’s acclaimed installation in the Domino Sugar Refinery A Subtlety, to Marina Abramovic’s iconic performance work The Artist is Present.

Take a sneak peek below at some of the works that will be discussed:

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Art on the Go: AGO staff edition

April 3rd, 2017

Image courtesy of @stephanjostago on Instagram (detail).

In part one of Art on the Go we asked a few of our AGO colleagues to share their favourite visual art Instagram accounts to help you turn your phone into a pocket-sized museum.

In fact, you can explore our virtual galleries anytime you want by following us at @agotoronto, grab a virtual bite at @frank_ago, get virtually fancy at @ago_events, and virtually hang out with @agoyouth.

To help continue to curate the feed of your dreams, we asked Stephan Jost,  Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO, along with Executive Chef Renée Bellefeuille and three of our curatorial colleagues to share their personal Instagram accounts with us.

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