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.
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.
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 entitledWays of Caringwith 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.