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Archive: September, 2012

Uncrating Frida Kahlo’s Autorretrato con Changuito (1945)

September 26th, 2012

Each work that arrives at the AGO for a special exhibition like Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting gets VIP treatment from our staff. The process involves a lot more than taking a work out of a crate and hanging it on the wall — transporting valuable pieces is an art in itself, and each person involved is responsible for keeping them safe and sound. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the uncrating and inspection of Frida Kahlo’s Autorretrato con Changuito (1945) on Sept. 25, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Conservation Notes: Catching up with Claes Oldenburg’s Floor Burger

September 24th, 2012

Claes Oldenburg, Floor Burger (1962), canvas filled with foam rubber and cardboard boxes, painted with acrylic paint, 132.1 x 213.4, purchase, 1967, © 2012 Claes Oldenburg.

Claes Oldenburg’s iconic sculpture Floor Burger, one of the highlights of our modern collection, is out of storage and will soon be back on view to the public. There’s a lot more to this story, though. Keep reading to find out what behind-the-scenes process AGO visitors can see up close this fall and winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Podcasts: The Grange Prize 2012 Dialogues

September 13th, 2012

The Grange Prize 2012

From left to right:
Emmanuelle Léonard (Canada), Citizens, Protest, March 15, 2009, #5137 (detail), 2009. Inkjet print, 102 x 90 cm.
Annie MacDonell, The present is the future of the past and the past of the future (The Fortune Teller) (detail), 2012, 16″ x 12″, chromogenic print.
Jason Evans, Untitled (detail), from The Daily Nice, 2004–ongoing. Online project, dimensions variable.
Jo Longhurst (UK), I Know What You’re Thinking (detail), 2003. Chromogenic print, 101.6 x 76 cm.

This year’s nominated artists share a fascination with the world of images that surround, and often bombard, us every day. Taking on everything from fashion editorial and sports photography to found objects and crime-scene documentation, by appropriating existing images, placing familiar genres in new contexts, and pushing the photographic print into the three-dimensional realm, these nominees reinvigorate our relationship with photography. In this discussion, The Grange Prize 2012 shortlisted artists chatted with members of jury about the provocative issues and topics their works traverse.

Friday, September 7, 3 – 6 pm
in the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School
in the Weston Family Learning Centre at the AGO

Session 1: Photography’s Dimensions
3 – 4:15 pm

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Moderated by: Dr. Gaëlle Morel, Curator, Ryerson Image Centre
Panelists: Sara Knelman, Annie MacDonell, Jo Longhurst

Since the 1970s, in the wake of post-modernism’s questioning of the photographic image, many contemporary photography artists have worked with spaces of display – studio, gallery, cinema – and their conventions – both past and present – as they push two-dimensional images into the three-dimensional realm. How can we make sense of these expanded dimensions of the image?

Session 2: Photography’s Contexts
4:45 – 6 pm

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Moderated by: Sophie Hackett, Lead Juror and Assistant Curator, Photography, AGO
Panelists: Charlotte Cotton, Emmanuelle Léonard, Jason Evans

The photographic images we encounter on a daily basis circulate in the press, on billboards, posters, postcards and online. They teach us, for instance, about fashion, crime, what’s beautiful and what isn’t. How do contemporary photographers today make use of different contexts and modes of circulation to reinvent how we understand photographs?

September Twitter chat: Art schools and education, with co-hosts Akimbo and OCAD U

September 13th, 2012

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST we are teaming up with Akimbo and OCAD University and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about art schools and art education. We hope you’ll join us!

Students young and old are getting settled into classrooms across the country this month, and that includes students studying art in full-time and part-time programs, as well as continuing education courses and workshops. They have a spectrum of goals and needs, whether they are aiming to brush up on technique, delve deep into art history and theory or gain a fuller understanding of what it means to be a practicing artist in Canada. What skills do they need to succeed? Where can they learn those skills? And how can their art education help them achieve their short- and long-term goals?

With their broad-ranging experience with and knowledge of art schools and education, we’re glad to have Akimbo’s Social Media Director James Fowler and OCAD U’s Media & Communications Officer Sarah Mulholland as our co-hosts on Sept. 26. Our Twitter chat will explore the following questions:

Q1 What are some of the top Canadian art schools?

Q2 What opportunities does a degree education give artists that casual classes or self-learning would not?

Q3 How important is it for artists to learn about art history and theory as part of their schooling?

Q4 What new programs/courses/workshops are emerging in Canada and what ones would you like to see?

Q5 What other “non–art practice” skills should young artists learn?

Q6 What do you look for in an art instructor, program, studio or theory class or workshop?

Q7 What mechanisms or services are there to help a new graduate succeed?

Q8 For people who don’t consider themselves artists, what are the benefits to taking part-time or occasional art classes?

Get ready to tweet up a storm! The top contributor to this chat will get tickets to an upcoming educational talk at the AGO, as well as stylin’ swag from Akimbo and OCAD U.


What #AkimboChat is a Twitter discussion, hosted by Akimbo, with a new art topic each month. Breaking from our usual #ArtHour schedule, we are joining forces with Akimbo and OCAD U for a mega-chat about art schools and education.

When Wednesday, September 26, 1 to 2 p.m. EST.

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto, @akimboart and @ocad for more information, or search for the hashtag #AkimboChat. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #AkimboChat hashtag.

Who This #AkimboChat is for everyone: art students, schools, educators, working artists, arts professionals, galleries and museums, and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.

How Starting at 1 p.m. @agotoronto, @akimboart and @ocad will be tweeting questions using the hashtag #AkimboChat. Anyone can respond, also using #AkimboChat. For example, we would tweet “Q1 What is your favourite painting? #AkimboChat,” and you could tweet back “A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #AkimboChat.”

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this special collaborative Twitter chat. For more information, please email #ArtHour returns to its regular schedule, the second Thursday of the month, on Oct. 11, 2012.

Behind the scenes of The Grange Prize 2012 Exhibition

September 4th, 2012

The Grange Prize 2012 Exhibition opens tomorrow, Sept. 5, and we’re putting the finishing touches on what promises to be a fantastic show. Below, a sneak preview of some of the works by Annie, Jo, Jason and Emmanuelle that will be on display at the Gallery until Jan. 6, 2013.

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition with us tomorrow night at The Grange Prize 2012 launch party, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Walker Court, where you’ll have a chance to hear from the jury and meet the artists in person. Find all the details and RSVP here.