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Art Pick of the week: African Appeal

August 23rd, 2019

Violet Keene Perinchief, African Appeal, around 1935. Gelatin silver print, Overall (sheet): 64.45 x 50.80 cm. Courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery © The Estate of Violet Keene Perinchief

A portrait of a Toronto jazz singer taken by a Toronto photographer; this week’s art pick may not be part of the AGO Collection, but its connection to the city is undeniable. And it’s currently on view as part of the exhibition Photography, 1920s–1940s: Women in Focus. 

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Exciting news about the Dundas/McCaul corner

August 23rd, 2019

Brian Jungen. Photo by Tyler Hagan

Back in 2017, when we announced that Large Two Forms by Henry Moore was moving to the newly revitalized Grange Park, anticipation was high to find out what would go in its place at the southwest corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets. The wait is over! The AGO has commissioned artist Brian Jungen to create a large-scale work of public art for the highly visible location. To be unveiled in the fall of 2020, it’s the first public artwork commissioned by the AGO in our history.

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Ways of caring

August 23rd, 2019

Image of a polaroid picture with three adults gathered looking at polaroid pictures
Unknown photographer, [Looking at Polaroids], around 1970s. Colour instant print (Polaroid SX-70), 10.8 x 8.8 cm. Purchase, with funds donated by Martha LA McCain, 2018. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2018/1113

In 2018, the AGO acquired the Fade Resistance collection, an extraordinary group of Polaroids documenting African American family life from the 1970s to the early 2000s, assembled by award-winning Canadian photographer, physician and educator Zun Lee.

As a lead up to the 2021 opening of the exhibition Fade Resistance, Lee will lead a roundtable conversation in Baillie Court this December entitled Ways of Caring with Dr. Fred Moten and Dr. Stefano Harney, among others. This will be the first of three events in a multi-year initiative to activate the Fade Resistance collection and give the community more insight into its photographs.

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The spirit of whalebone

August 23rd, 2019

Karoo Ashevak, Mother and Child with Pulled Tooth, c. 1972. Whalebone, antler, grey stone, ivory, sinew, 50.9 × 40.7 × 33.6 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, 1996. © Public Trustee for Nunavut, Estate of Karoo Ashevak 96/745.

Have you ever seen the bones of the Earth’s largest mammal, used to tell ancient tales of the spirit realm? Newly installed view on Level 2 in the Samuel & Esther Sarick Gallery (Gallery 239) are the striking and severe whalebone figures of famed Inuit sculptor Karoo Ashevak.

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Step inside Caillebotte’s garden

August 23rd, 2019

Depiction of flowers in painting by Gustave Caillebotte
Gustave Caillebotte. Iris bleus, jardin du Petit Gennevilliers, c. 1892. Oil on canvas, Overall: 55.2 × 46.4 cm. Purchase, with funds by exchange from the R. Fraser Elliott Estate and the Bequest of F.W.G. Fitzgerald. Purchased with the assistance of a Moveable Cultural Property grant accorded by the Department of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act; Acheté avec l’aide d’un subvention des biens culturels mobiliers accordée par le Ministère du Patrimoine canadien en vertu de la Loi sur l’exportation et l’importation des biens culturels, 2019. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2019/2268

Last week, the AGO announced an exciting addition to the Gallery’s collection of European art: Gustave Caillebotte’s masterpiece Blue Irises, Garden at Petit Gennevilliers. Painted in 1892, this exquisite garden scene is now on view on Level 1 in the Richard Barry Fudger Memorial Gallery (Gallery 125).

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Courtside with Brian Jungen

August 19th, 2019

Brian Jungen Friendship Centre (detail), installation image, Art Gallery of Ontario © Brian Jungen

Have you ever seen Nike Air Jordan sneakers reimagined as Indigenous masks? What about a 40-foot long whale sculpture made of white plastic deck chairs? Or sculptures resembling totem poles made of golf bags? If you haven’t, hurry in to the AGO to see Brian Jungen Friendship Centre; this incredible exhibition, on view now on Level 2 in the Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavilion, closes on Sunday, August 25.

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A slam dunk for Friendship Centre

August 19th, 2019

Brian Jungen Friendship Centre (detail), installation image, Art Gallery of Ontario © Brian Jungen

Critics and visitors have been raving about Brian Jungen Friendship Centre. With less than a week left before the exhibition closes, time is running out to see the stunning works of this artist. Take a look at some of the glowing reviews and visitor feedback for Brian Jungen Friendship Centre.

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Sh*t Must Stop

August 19th, 2019

Image © William N. Copley Estate /  Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In the 1960s, people not only asked critical questions, they got active and demanded answers. Calling forth the spirit of rabble-rousing and rebellion, newly installed into our Prints and Drawings collection on Level 1 in Nicholas Fodor Gallery (Gallery 140) are the innovative Shit Must Stop (S.M.S.) portfolios from our new exhibition Mail Art, Break the Rules: The Shit Must Stop Portfolio.         

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Art Pick of the Week: Houses, Richmond Street

August 16th, 2019

Lawren S. Harris. Houses, Richmond Street, 1911. Oil on canvas, Overall: 61.1 x 66.6 cm. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © Family of Lawren S. Harris, Photo: Michael Cullen

When you hear the name Lawren S. Harris, you may think of sharp blue and white depictions of the Canadian North. But before this artist’s monumental works of northern landscapes came to be, Harris was enamoured with urban scenes, including the one in this week’s Art Pick, Houses, Richmond Street.

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