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Designing women

November 27th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO

When you visit an exhibition, do you think about how the room made you feel? What the graphics surrounding the artwork said about the artist? How the lighting made the artwork pop? Exhibition and graphic designers think about all this and more in order to create the art behind the art you see on the walls.

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Can’t wait until March?

November 27th, 2017

Narcissus Garden, installation view at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 2016. (C) YAYOI KUSAMA, courtesy YAYOI KUSAMA Inc.

Looking to get your Kusama fix BEFORE the opening of our upcoming exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors? With Narcissus Garden, Yayoi Kusama will be taking over even more of the AGO in 2018. From February 24 to April 29, the AGO will host her installation featuring over 1,300 stainless steel mirror balls spread throughout Signy Eaton Gallery, located next to Galleria Italia. Read the rest of this entry »

An eggs-ellent scavenger hunt

November 27th, 2017

Sally Hawkins in the film THE SHAPE OF WATER. Photo by Kerry Hayes. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.

If you were lucky enough to see Guillermo del Toro’s newest film, THE SHAPE OF WATER, at TIFF this year, then you might remember there’s a simple symbol that represents the connection between the character of Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and the Fish Man, known as the Asset (Doug Jones) — a hardboiled egg.

If you didn’t get to TIFF, the wait is nearly over. To celebrate the release of THE SHAPE OF WATER on December 8, the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters team has hidden three eggs inside the exhibition. Anyone who can spot them has a chance to win a Guillermo del Toro prize pack, including two passes to an advance screening of THE SHAPE OF WATER. Read the rest of this entry »

One night only – R.L. Stine at the AGO!

November 27th, 2017

Image courtesy of the artist.

The man who haunted generations of book-loving kids and teens is coming to the AGO Wednesday night! R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street, will be giving a talk on his creative process and his love of monsters and scary stories (something he shares with Guillermo del Toro) as part of our Inspiration is a Monster: Conversations with Legends of the Dark Arts series. It’s the perfect ending to an afternoon exploring our exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters.

If you’re a devoted fan of his books, TV shows and movies (the 2015 movie Goosebumps, based on the book series, featured Jack Black as Stine), then you might know a thing or two about R.L. Stine. Even so, here are a few tidbits that might take you by surprise: Read the rest of this entry »

No permission slip needed

November 20th, 2017

Photo by Mali Bickley, TakingITGlobal.

With today’s technology and connected classrooms, field trips don’t need to be limited to the places you can visit on a school bus… you can even be 2,000 kilometres away!

The AGO recently joined forces with Connected North, a partnership between Cisco Canada and TakingITGlobal that provides immersive and interactive education services to remote and under-served Northern communities using two-way video technology. The goal was to provide access to the AGO and the art in our Collection to students who are not able to visit in person. Read the rest of this entry »

Want a bold new look?

November 20th, 2017

Joanna Johnston, Drink It In (ed. of 3). Archival print, 48”x85”.

If you’re considering purchasing artwork but don’t know where to start—or are worried your tastes will change in the next six months or six minutes—Art Rental & Sales is the perfect solution. With its curated selection of Canadian contemporary works, the AGO’s Art Rental & Sales team can cater to your taste and budget (rental fees are 4% of the retail price per month, with some pieces as low as $120/month), so you can try out a new piece and take your holiday party décor to a whole new level. Read the rest of this entry »

Valérie Blass is a Gershon Iskowitz Prizewinner!

November 20th, 2017

Valérie Blass. Image courtesy of the artist.

The AGO is thrilled to announced, in partnership with the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation, that Montreal-based sculptor Valérie Blass is the recipient of the 2017 Gershon Iskowitz Prize!

The award, presented annually to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada, includes a $50,000 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the AGO within two years. As the 2015 winner, Sandra Meigs’ exhibition is currently showing at the AGO: Sandra Meigs: Room for Mystics (with Christopher Butterfield) is open until January 14, 2018. Valérie now joins her—as well as prestigious names like Michael Snow, Liz Magor, Betty Goodwin, General Idea, Stan Douglas, John Massey, Geoffrey Farmer—as the 31st artist to win the prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Big news! AGO and NGC co-present Anthropocene

November 20th, 2017

Edward Burtynsky: Lithium Mines #1, Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile, 2017. Inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017.

Next fall, the AGO and the Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will co-present Anthropocene, a major new contemporary art exhibition that tells the story of human impact on the Earth through film, photography and new experiential technologies. Co-produced with MAST Foundation, Bologna, Italy, the exhibition is a component of the multidisciplinary Anthropocene Project from the collective of photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. Organized by the artists in partnership with the three organizations, Anthropocene will run at both the AGO and NGC from September 2018 through early 2019. Read the rest of this entry »

Now on the AGO menu – Campbell’s Soup I

November 20th, 2017

Andy Warhol. Campbell’s Soup I, 1968. Ten colour screenprints on paper, Sheet (each of ten): 88.9 × 58.5 cm. Gift of Margaret and Jim Fleck, 2017. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / SODRAC (2017). Photo by Sandy Pranjic. Pictured: Jim Fleck. Photo by Sandy Pranjic/AGO.

On November 18, the AGO presented a soup-er successful inaugural Art Bash! gala which raised over $1 million for the Gallery’s education and outreach initiatives, as well as future exhibitions.

With food, décor, fashion and installations channelling the theme of Pop Art, Art Bash! The Factory was the perfect moment to announce an exciting gift, graciously donated by Margaret & Jim Fleck —Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup I, a set of Warhol’s iconic soup can prints featuring ten different flavours, which Margaret and Jim bought from Andy Warhol himself at the famous Factory studio! Art Bash! guests were given an exclusive sneak peek of the works at the gala, and AGO visitors will get a taste of these delicious additions when they go on display in early 2018.

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