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March 21st, 2017

In celebration of International Women’s Month, the AGO is collaborating with The National Museum of Women in the Arts for the second annual Can you name #5WomenArtists? campaign. More than 180 institutions worldwide are participating in the challenge by naming #5WomenArtists in their collection or in exhibitions. The campaign aims to call attention to the inequity female-identifying artists face, inspire conversation, and bring awareness to a larger audience.

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Happy 88th Birthday, Yayoi Kusama!

March 21st, 2017

Yayoi Kusama in her studio painting Pleasure to Be Born, 2016, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama

Happy Birthday to the artist who turned the world into a psychedelic polka dot paradise.

Yayoi Kusama was born on March 22, 1929, in Matsumoto, Japan. A self-described “obsessional artist,” she is famous for her captivatingly repetitive patterns on paintings, sculptures, performance art and installations.

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Digging Deeper: Maia-Mari Sutnik and Memory Unearthed

March 21st, 2017

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

To celebrate International Women’s Month, we’re highlighting some amazing women of the AGO. Read our past entries on Julie Crooks and Katharine Lochnan. Today we highlight Maia-Mari Sutnik, Curator Emeritus.

Maia-Mari Sutnik, former Curator, Special Photography Projects, spent nearly 50 years at the AGO until she retired in 2015. She was named Curator Emerita, an honorary designation in recognition of distinguished service as well as academic and professional contributions and accomplishments during her more than 20-year career with the AGO. Read the rest of this entry »

A Grape Escape

March 21st, 2017

Now that we’ve bid adieu to Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more and our popular Monet’s Garden cocktail, our culinary masterminds have been working hard on a menu that will pay homage to our upcoming Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition, all while dishing out perennial FRANK favourites. Apparently we’ve been doing a pretty good job – we were thrilled to be awarded a 2017 Diner’s Choice award (based on diner feedback) from Open Table this year! Not only is it the easiest way to make a FRANK reservation online, but it’s a great way to share your reviews of restaurants. Many thanks to everyone who sent a positive review our way!

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One woman, five decades of inspiration

March 13th, 2017

AGO Director and CEO Stephan Jost and Dr. Katharine Lochnan at the opening of Mystical Landscapes in Paris on Monday, March 13.

To celebrate International Women’s Month, we’re highlighting some amazing women of the AGO and the projects that are keeping them busy. Read last week’s entry here. Today we highlight Dr. Katharine Lochnan.

This week marks a milestone in the history of the AGO: the opening of Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and more at the prestigious Musée d’Orsay in Paris, after a hugely successful run here in Toronto. The guest of honour at the opening? The exhibition’s curator Dr. Katharine Lochnan. Read the rest of this entry »


March 13th, 2017

Photo Courtesy of @agotoronto.

Claes Oldenburg’s iconic sculpture Floor Burger, one of the highlights of the AGO Collection of modern art and a visitor selfie hotspot, has gone back into storage for our major reinstallation project Look:Forward. But this isn’t “Goodbye,” it’s “See you later!” Floor Burger will make its return next year. For more updates on what is open and closed in the Gallery, visit Look:Forward.

The Floor Burger wasn’t always the visitor favourite it is now; in fact when it first arrived at the AGO, the Gallery found itself in a “pickle.”

The AGO purchased the Floor Burger from the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York on Jan. 27, 1967, for $2,000. The work, created in 1962 by pop art pioneer Claes Oldenburg, was initially titled Giant Hamburger. Read the rest of this entry »

Massive Party: a Space Odyssey

March 13th, 2017

Image courtesy of the artist.

On April 27, Machine Age Massive – the year’s hottest art party that supports the AGO’s ongoing conservation, public programming and learning projects – will turn the Art Gallery of Ontario into three artistic zones: Industrial, Digital, and Space, where attendees can snack on hors d’oeuvres, dance to tunes from the DJ, and surround themselves with contemporary installations and performances (all included in the ticket price, a portion of which is tax-deductible).

We’ve already introduced you to one artist, Jon Sasaki, who’s taking over the AGO for Massive Party with an inflatable 90-metre smokestack and an interactive dance floor under the theme of “Industrial Age.” This next artist is prepared to take partygoers into the next stratosphere.

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The views are different here

March 13th, 2017

Still courtesy of Tourism Toronto.

Toronto is on fire these days, and the AGO is a vital part of the hot arts and culture scene that makes this city great. Our friends at Tourism Toronto recently launched a video campaign aimed at international travellers that illustrates both the excitement and diversity that have made Toronto Canada’s most-visited destination. The title of the video, The Views are Different Here, speaks to both the iconic physical views and the open-mindedness that define our city.

The video may have been aimed at travellers, but Torontonians love its swagger as well. Since it launched this week the video has gone viral. Check it out here, and catch some beautiful glimpses of the AGO:

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ICYMI: Can’t wait for spring?

March 13th, 2017

Pierre Auguste Renoir. Le concert, 1918 1919. Oil on canvas, 75.6 x 92.7 cm . Gift of Reuben Wells Leonard Estate, 1954. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario

Don’t let the late winter greys get you down! Instead get ready to turn over a new leaf and let your passion for florals shine. Inspired by our upcoming Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition, we’ve decided to devote our introductory courses to flowers, greenery, and plant life. Not sure where to start? Try Introduction to Everything: Flowers as it covers the gamut in art-making. There are also specific classes for Watercolours, Printmaking, and Drawing if you want to hone your skills in a particular form.

Need a quick hit of spring? Flowers and plants have a long history of fascinating artists and inspiring art, so we thought we’d share some of our favourites from the AGO Collection. Get inspired as we delve into all things botanical.

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March 7th, 2017

Hop in the DeLorean for a glimpse into the Gallery’s past through some vintage photos, and share your own memories with us.

We’ve had a few facelifts over the years, but did you know that the AGO is over a hundred years old?  The Grange, a historic Georgian manor attached to the AGO’s south side, was the first home of the Art Museum of Toronto (later to become the AGO). It was built 200 years ago for D’Arcy Boulton Jr., a member of the powerful Boulton family, and is now Toronto’s oldest existing brick structure.

We may not have a DeLorean, but we do have a time machine in the form of our extensive AGO archives, which hold thousands of vintage photographs. #RetroAGO is a new, ongoing series that will take you back to various eras in the Gallery’s history.

But we’re starting off in the not-so-distant past! This week we’re sharing photos from our Gallery school in the 1980s. Read the rest of this entry »