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This summer, it’s all in the #AGOdetails

July 15th, 2015

By Raechel Bonomo, AGO communications assistant

The AGO collection contains artworks that can fill entire gallery walls, and this summer they’re joined by works on loan for our current exhibition Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, featuring dozens of panoramic landscapes. At first glance, details in these vast paintings are overshadowed by gargantuan falls and mountains. These hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered, and so we’ve been exploring works from our collection and the landscapes in Picturing the Americas, in search of some gems. We got up close and personal by zooming in on some works, and below you’ll find cropped images of their small-but-mighty details. In this post, it’s the little things that count. Read the rest of this entry »

Picturing the Americas, by the numbers

June 19th, 2015

By Raechel Bonomo, AGO Communications Assistant

This summer at the AGO, we’re taking visitors on a landscapist’s journey through portrayals of 14 different countries that illustrate the discovery, succession and expansion of the Americas. The exhibition Picturing the Americas: Landscapes from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic spans from tropical settings such as Rio de Janeiro to the icy waters of the North. Your summer vacation just got a whole lot cooler.

With the vast size of these landscape paintings — the largest (Niagara Falls, painted in 1878 by William Morris Hunt) measures approximately seven by 10 feet framed — it’s easy to get a bit lost and miss the works’ finer points. So we sifted through the exhibition’s 118 pieces to pick out those tiny details hidden within the expanses of the landscapes. Find your way through the bushes, forests and mountains with our Picturing the Americas By the Numbers guide below. Read the rest of this entry »

Join us for Twitter’s #MuseumWeek 2015, March 23-39

March 17th, 2015


One of the best things about social media is that it can — and does — happen everywhere: at home, at work and school, on the street and inside the walls of galleries and museums. We love sharing our collection, exhibitions and events with you on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and here on the blog, but what we like even more is seeing your posts about what you saw and did at the AGO.

From March 23-29, we’re inviting you to join us and more than 1,400 other cultural organizations on Twitter for #MuseumWeek. Each day will focus on a different theme: secrets, souvenirs, architecture, inspiration, family, favourites and — perhaps inevitably — selfies. Using each day’s corresponding hashtag, museum staff and visitors all over the world will fill Twitter with their ideas, memories, suggestions and questions. Join the conversation and tell your followers why museums matter, how they inspire you and what we can all do to keep them vital. Mention us @agotoronto so we can see your posts and share them with our followers too.

Have a look at the tweets below and see what museums and their visitors around the world are posting about #MuseumWeek.

Jeet Heer on Art Spiegelman and “parody/pastiche as the beginning of creativity”

January 2nd, 2015

With the presentation of Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective at the AGO, we’re aiming to highlight not just the significance of Spiegelman’s career, but also growing importance of comics as a defining cultural form in Toronto. Leading up to and during the exhibition’s run ― Dec. 20, 2014, to March 15, 2015 ― we’re using ArtMatters.ca to share voices from the comics scene in Toronto and beyond, as they discuss Spiegelman’s influence and the connections between his work and a wide variety of genres and art forms. Below, Canadian journalist/historian and Twitter essayist Jeet Heer Art discusses Spiegelman’s work in relation to parody and suggests “a silly putty mind is conducive to creativity.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jeet Heer on Art Spiegelman, Maus and detective fiction

December 10th, 2014

With the presentation of Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective at the AGO, we’re aiming to highlight not just the significance of Spiegelman’s career, but also growing importance of comics as a defining cultural form in Toronto. Leading up to and during the exhibition’s run ― Dec. 20, 2014, to March 15, 2015 ― we’re using ArtMatters.ca to share voices from the comics scene in Toronto and beyond, as they discuss Spiegelman’s influence and the connections between his work and a wide variety of genres and art forms. Below, Canadian journalist/historian and Twitter essayist Jeet Heer discusses Spiegelman’s seminal work Maus in relation to the structures and tropes of detective fiction. Read the rest of this entry »

Contest: Connect with your inner critic and tweet your #BaconMoore reviews

July 7th, 2014

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UPDATE, July 21, 2014: This contest is now closed, and we will be contacting winners through their Twitter accounts. Thank you to all who participated!


Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty is closing July 20 and we hope you’ve had a chance to see the exhibition or, if not, that you plan to visit before it closes. We’ve heard from visitors who provided feedback, in words and images, at our in-exhibition response stations; now we’re inviting you to share your review of Terror and Beauty on Twitter before July 18, with the hashtag #BaconMoore and tagging us, @agotoronto. Everyone who submits a review of 140 characters or fewer (emoji allowed) will be entered into a draw to win one of five pairs of tickets to see Alex Colville, opening Aug. 23 and running to Jan. 4, 2015. AGO members, who see both exhibitions for free, will be able to transfer the prize to friends if they are selected as winners.

Have questions about the contest? Ask us in the comments.

Ask a Curator Day is September 18: join the conversation on Twitter!

September 17th, 2013

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Curious about curation? Sept. 18, 2013, is your chance to ask an AGO curator your burning questions about their roles in the Gallery. Last year’s Ask a Curator Day was a lot of fun, and we hope this year’s event on Twitter will be just as good! These are the members of the AGO’s curatorial staff participating this year:

  • Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art
  • Greg Humeniuk, Canadian Art Curatorial Assistant
  • Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art
  • Sasha Suda, Associate Curator of European Art

Learn more about the event here, and on Sept. 18 follow the #AskACurator hashtag on Twitter to gain insight into curatorial staff and curators from other galleries and museums around the world!

Frida and Diego press preview: social media highlights

October 17th, 2012

The Art Gallery of Ontario welcomed nearly 100 guests to our media preview of Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting on Oct. 16, 2012. Amid the interviews, filming, note-taking and photo snapping, there was a lot of tweeting going on (and a bit of Instagramming too). Click through to see social media highlights from the event. Read the rest of this entry »

October #ArtHour: Join the AGO and Art Toronto for a chat on art collecting

October 9th, 2012

On Thursday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with Art Toronto and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about art collecting. We hope you’ll take part!

Buying art can be a complicated task, and for new collectors it can raise many difficult-to-answer questions. What are your reasons for buying art? From whom? What kind? What’s a fair price? And where should you start looking?

Each year, Art Toronto offers insight into collecting and the contemporary art world. This year’s programming lineup includes talks and tours by dealers, collectors, curators and artists on subjects like getting a collection started, buying the work of emerging artists and Toronto’s art scene. The AGO is taking part, too, with a panel discussion on art prizes, a curator-led tour focusing on the work of women artists exhibited at Art Toronto, an advice-heavy tour from our Art Rental + Sales Gallery staff and more.

With their expertise, we’re glad to have the Art Toronto team as our co-hosts on Oct. 11 for a Twitter chat that explores the following questions:

Q1 What questions should you ask when buying artwork?
Q2 What are your tips for novice collectors?
Q3 Where do you buy artwork (auctions, fairs, galleries, etc.)?
Q4 When buying the work of emerging artists, what do you look for?
Q5 What was the first piece of art you ever bought or wanted to buy?
Q6 What value do you think art collecting has in our communities?

The person who contributes the most to this month’s #ArtHour will win a pair of passes to attend Art Toronto 2012 (Oct. 26-29), as well as three books on the AGO’s special collections.

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HOW TO TAKE PART

What #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When Thursday, October 11, 11 a.m. – noon EST (takes place the second Thursday of every month).
Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @ArtToronto for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.
Who #ArtHour is for everyone: galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @ArtToronto will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for our October #ArtHour. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.