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Archive: January, 2018

To the moon and back

January 29th, 2018

Black and white photograph featuring a plaster cast of a drawing of the moon's surface

James Nasmyth, photographer, Mercator and Campanus Plate XV from The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite, 1874. Woodburytype, Image: 17.7 x 13.5 cm, Sheet: 27 x 20.4 cm, Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm. Purchase, with funds donated by Stephen Brown and Brenda Woods, 2012. 2011/288 © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Tomorrow is a celestial triplet – a blue moon, supermoon and a lunar eclipse. With the moon on our minds, it’s the perfect time to feature some of our beautiful photographs of the moon.

Our fascination with the moon and galaxies did not begin with a man walking on the moon. For thousands of years, astronomers have tried to understand the mysteries of the universe. But images of the moon only began to circulate widely with the arrival of photography. In the late 1800s, photographers and astronomers used creative methods to capture the splendour of Earth’s orbiting sidekick. Three of these hybrid artist/astronomers, James Nasmyth, Maurice Loewy and Pierre Henri Puiseux, are currently on view in the AGO’s Odette Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »

Play Mas: Carnival at the AGO

January 29th, 2018

Artist Juliana Huxtable wears a brown winter coat and holds two nail-polished fingers up on each hand.

Image courtesy of the artist.

It’s the first First Thursday of 2018 on February 1 and the AGO is celebrating with an art Carnival. First Thursday: Shake It shakes up past and present notions of resistance and tradition, while creating one of Toronto’s favourite dance floors in Walker Court. This will be an especially electric evening with artists using the theme of Carnival, accompanied by a special DJ performance by Juliana Huxtable, who says Toronto “has turned into one of (her) favorite cities.”

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What’s shiny and new?

January 29th, 2018

Installation view, Irina Moore West Gallery featuring from left to right: Jasper Johns, Two Flags, 1980; Yayoi Kusama, Town, 1999 and Butterfly, 1985. Image by the AGO

Did you know our collection – both on display and in our vaults – has a total of nearly 95,000 works? Our curators are strategically adding to that number by acquiring key pieces, supported by the generosity of donors and collectors who share our mission to bring people together with great art.

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You were REALLY at home with monsters!

January 22nd, 2018

Scene inside the Guillermo del Toro exhibition.

Image by the AGO.

Guillermo del Toro is officially a hit! His film The Shape of Water earned 13 Oscar nominations (leading the pack). At the AGO we are also celebrating the success of his recent exhibition. In early January, we said goodbye to Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters. As the only Canadian stop on the exhibition’s tour, we saw a rush of visitors from Toronto and beyond release their inner monster.

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