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April 24th, 2012

This morning we had a fantastic turn out for our press preview for Picasso – Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. Members of all media types were on site for a sneak-peak of what is sure to be one of the most talked about exhibitions at the Gallery this year.  We’d love to thank all those who came out and a special thanks to our devoted twitter followers who had a lot of really fantastic things to say about the exhibit.

Here’s a snap shot of some of our favourites from this mornings press preview:

We can’t wait to keep the conversation going online.  If you are on Twitter join the conversation with #PabloTO and we are also posting lots on both our blog and on  Facebook. So stay tuned and we look forward to hearing what you think!

Liveblogging: Press Preview for Picasso – Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

April 24th, 2012

 On May 1st, 2012 the Art Gallery of Ontario is proud to present Picasso – Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. On April 24th,  we invited members of the press, sponsors and key industry leaders to attend our Press Preview in Baillie Court.  The following is a live blog account of the press preview inclusive of remarks from the AGO leadership team and other special guests. A full podcast of this session will be available on the AGO website within a few days time.  We hope you enjoy following along at home / work. Amanda Lynne, interim Internet & Social Media Content Coordinator

The Press Preview is due to begin at 10.15am.

10:09am Baillie Court is filling up. It’s going to be a packed house – over 80 media outlets have registered to be a part of this mornings preview!

10:20am: MT takes the stage. 147 works, please take the adventure with me.

10:22am: Ms. Ristich welcomes us and provides insight into the partnership between AGO and BMO. We are proud and privileged for this opportunity.

10:26am: Anne, curator from the Musee National Picasso, takes the stage to welcome the crowd and exhibit to the AGO.

MT has 1 question to ask Anne: What makes Picasso so interesting today? While Anne has yet to answer, we’d love to ask you what your thoughts are.

10:30 MT – We are excited to announce a Paella night at Frank, a free audio kids tour for those who come with adults and a new Cafe Italia on the 2nd floor.

10:33 MT opens the Gallery for media.

Meet the Artist: IAIN BAXTER& (Audio)

April 23rd, 2012

Iain Baxter&

Photo courtesy Iain Baxter&

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Recorded: Wednesday, April 4, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Duration: 01:26:36

Baxter’s work encompasses photography, installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, and a performative aspect that seeks to challenge and redefine the role of the artist. Collaboration and contingency are central to Baxter’s working method. In 2005 he legally changed his name to IAIN BAXTER&, underscoring that all art transpires in relation to and in partnership with a viewer/receiver. Follow Iain Baxter& on his journey from zoologist to conceptual artist to Br&. The &man will share his insights on the ecology of life and art &……..

When you are this big – they call you MASSIVE.

April 19th, 2012

One of the city’s hottest events this year, tonight’s Massive Party is sure to be a huge success.  Every year since 2004 we’ve filled the AGO with close to 1800 of Toronto’s most chic art lovers for a night of installations, dancing, DJs, food, prizes, surprises and more.  As you prep for this un-missable event, we have a few pro tips to making tonight the party you’ll still be talking about at New Year’s.

Explore – There’s so much more to Massive Party than the dance party in Baillie Court. With installations in almost every major space, we encourage you to explore the Gallery as it is transformed by guest artists taking on the challenge of creating their ideas of the future of art. From the Weston Family Learning Centre to Granovsky Gluskin Hall, see the Gallery as you will never see it again.

Don’t leave home without it – And by it, we mean some extra cash. With an open bar and pre-paid tickets, you might not think to put a couple extra bucks in your back pocket, but think again. Local artists An Te Liu and Jade Rude have created limited edition, Massive Party-inspired pieces for you to take home with you.  Insider scoop: items are no more than $40 each.

#thefutureoffashionis – We want you to dress for success the future.  While Artistic Director Bruno Billio envisions gold, silver, bright colours and big hats we merely suggest these as a starting point for your attire.  Nothing is off limits when you put your mind to it, so go big, go wild, go fancy and come as the best dressed “future you” you can imagine.

Be Prepared – Like any good boy scout, we want you to be prepared to have the night of your life. You’ll be mixing and mingling with some of the city’s finest artists and arts lovers so expect the unexpected and get ready to see the AGO transform into a once in a life time experience.  As we want you to have the best time possible, please be prepared to get home safe and please drink responsibly.

So now you are ready, just like the pros. Remember to follow our hashtag #thefutureofartis for updates, contests and more! We look forward to seeing you tonight!


April 18th, 2012

The AGO is continually redefining its space as it relates to the artists and the needs of the Gallery.  In the last while we have seen some major transformations of our physical and digital spaces – some temporary, some permanent.  The following is part one of a four-part blog series in which we examine the ideas of transformation, change and development here at the AGO.

The physical. Or, Going beyond feng shui…

From small intimate spaces to open concept exhibitions, the physical space around us changes the way we view and interact with art garnering multiple opportunities to create unique experiences for our visitors.  With this understanding, we at the AGO continually attempt to challenge and redefine these experiences.

On April 14, we were proud to open an exciting new gallery space with the expansion and relocation of the David Milne Centre, inviting our guests to engage with the work of one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. An innovative first for the Gallery, we have combined art with archives and technology, and are challenging our guests to get interactive with our research tools.

The gallery has created 20 short films specifically for the Centre. Visitors are encouraged to sit back, relax on couches and explore the films on overhead projections. Profiling the places Milne loved and painted, as well his personal history, these films provide a guided tour through Milne’s private world.  Spanning two floors, and covering an impressive 1,180 sq. ft., the centre is designed to bridge the interior and exterior spaces of the Gallery with its expansive windows. The airy, light-filled space pays homage to David Milne’s passion for nature and preference to work in isolation.

Come check out the space at our “Finding David Milne: New AGO Milne Centre and Archive” event on April 25th, at 7pm. For more information please visit our site .

A New Face.

April 17th, 2012

With all that’s going on at the AGO, we always love to take a moment to keep our fans and friends in the know about changes that happen behind the scenes.

Holly Knowlman, our in-house Social Media superstar will be away for the next while, and in her temporary absence we have brought on Amanda Lynne Ballard to be the overseer of all things social.

Amanda Lynne has an extensive history in working with local and national arts organizations in the social space, and we are excited to bring her on board until Holly’s return. You can catch her doing her thing on our Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, this blog, and also at some of our fantastic up-coming events.

With so much happening in the next while, we are excited to be keeping very active in the social space and invite all AGO fans to join in on our ongoing conversations.  On behalf of everyone at the AGO we would like to welcome Amanda Lynne to the team!

Meet the Artist: Stephen Shore (Audio)

April 16th, 2012

Stephen Shore, 1974

Stephen Shore, Sault Ste.-Marie, Ontario, August 13, 1974, 1974. Chromogenic print, 20 x 24 in. © Stephen Shore, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

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Recorded: Wednesday, March 21, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Duration: 01:22:16

Stephen Shore is an American photographer, known for his pioneering use of colour in art photography. His book Uncommon Places is  a classic in the field. His acclaimed writings on The Nature of Photographs illuminate the many ways photographs impact on our perception. Through examining the trajectory of the development of his work, he will explore a number of essential factors of the medium of photography. Shore has been recognized with many prestigious awards, and is a Director of Photography at Bard College, New York.

Generously supported by Penny Rubinoff


Art Gallery of Ontario joins the Google Art Project

April 3rd, 2012

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve just become the first Canadian art gallery to join the Google Art Project.

The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and a select group of international art partners. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by the participating institutions, Google has created a unique online art experience. Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail and build their own collections to share.

Currently there are 151 museums in 40 countries across the world participating in the project. Together they provide access to 6000 artists and 32,000 works.

The news was announced at a special launch party at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris this week. Works from the AGO’s collection include Canadian greats such as Cornelius Krieghoff, Alexander Henderson, Emily Carr and Edward Burtynsky as well as works from European painters such as Paul Gauguin, Frans Hals and James Tissot.

View the complete list of participating institutions 

“The Google Art Project is an unprecedented initiative as it involves so many international art institutions,” said the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner director, and CEO, Matthew Teitelbaum There’s something new, and something very exciting about bringing all of those masterpieces together in an imaginary museum. The project reinforces the idea that museums are fun places to be that are filled with magnificent works of art. If this increases visitation, then the Google Art Project will be a very effective tool to promote museums and art galleries.”

View the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Google Art Project Collection 

Some photographs from the Google Art Project launch party in Paris

 Photos © Virginia Vuleta 2012

More information
The Star: Visit Virtual AGO via Google Art Project
The Globe and Mail: AGO signs up with Google Art Project
CBC News: Art Gallery of Ontario Joins Google Art Project 

Brown Bag Lunch & Talk: Alain de Botton (Audio)

April 3rd, 2012

Alain de Botton

Photo: Roderick Field

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Recorded: Friday, March 9th, 2012, noon – 1 pm in Baillie Court
Duration: 00:56:26

Join philosopher and author Alain de Botton for the next in a series of brown-bag lunch-time talks. Born in Zurich, Switzerland and now living in London, Alain is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as ‘philosophies of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain has long been passionate about modern architecture and was instrumental in starting the organization Living Architecture, as well as writing The Architecture of Happiness, which asks the question “what is a beautiful building?” His latest book, Religion for Atheists, is a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer.  A book signing with the author will follow. Alain will bring to this talk his extensive knowledge of art history, aesthetics and the art world.

The Brown Bag Lunch & Talk series is generously supported by

Maxine Granovsky Gluskin & Ira Gluskin

In association with