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Archive: March, 2018

Documenting art and truth

March 29th, 2018

Portrait of filmmaker Charles Officer.

Photo by Justin Morris. Image courtesy the artist.

Tomorrow night, acclaimed Jamaican-Canadian filmmaker Charles Officer will step out from behind the camera and take the stage for an exciting, unscripted conversation live at Massey Hall.

He’ll join internationally celebrated writer Salman Rushdie, provocative performance artist Andrea Fraser and JUNO-nominated musician Iskwé on stage for ninety minutes of artful debate as part of AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall. Read the rest of this entry »

Hear infinity

March 26th, 2018

Clara Venice plays the theremin in front of an audience against a neon spiral backdrop.

Image courtesy of the artist.

The AGO is celebrating artists who create their own immersive worlds. Under the theme “In Living Colours,” our April 5 First Thursday is inspired by Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors and Kusama’s incredible ability to submerge her viewers into her artistic vision. Headliner Clara Venice is a Toronto-based musician who’s best known for playing the theremin, an electronic musical instrument whose eerie soundwaves can transport you into another world.

Like Kusama, Clara is a fan of repetitive imagery. The musician makes her live performance unique by projecting videos of herself playing various instruments behind her on stage (forming her own virtual backing band).

We spoke to Clara about why the theremin is so misunderstood, and why she’s so excited to be a part of First Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

Boundary-pushing artist speaks about Art and Truth

March 26th, 2018

Andrea Fraser speaks passionately with arm raised in front of seated colleagues.

Andrea Fraser. Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk. 1989. Video, approximately 29 minutes. Photo: courtesy the artist.

What do I, as an artist, provide? What do I satisfy? — Andrea Fraser, Official Welcome, 2001

Andrea Fraser is known for making waves in the art world. For over 30 years, this influential artist’s work has been identified with performance, feminism and critiquing institutions, including museums. Toronto art fans will have a chance to hear the renowned artist speak at Creative Minds: Art and Truth on April 4.

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Happy birthday, Yayoi Kusama!

March 19th, 2018

Yayoi Kusama wears a bright red wig while sitting in a room with the same black and yellow patter on the walls, furniture and clothing.

Kusama in YELLOW TREE/Living Room 2010, © YAYOI KUSAMA.

How do you properly fête an art world icon who’s been creating world-renowned art for over 70 years?

The AGO is honoured to be hosting Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors during Kusama’s birthday, which is just around the corner on March 22. And to celebrate, some of our staff and volunteers have a message they’d like to share with Kusama about what her work means to them. Watch below, and have a happy birthday Yayoi Kusama! Read the rest of this entry »

Rita Letendre’s lessons on life

March 19th, 2018

Rita Letendre's painting Tabori.

Rita Letendre. Tabori, 1976. Acrylic on canvas, 86.5 x 122 cm. Gift of Marie A. Dunseith, 1983. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario.

To celebrate the #5womenartists challenge, we’re highlighting some amazing women artists featured at the AGO as well as incredible women curators who work with them.

This week, we’re looking back to last September when we hosted the exhibition Rita Letendre: Fire & Light, a retrospective on the groundbreaking work of one of Canada’s eminent living abstract artists, Rita Letendre. The exhibition blew Toronto away with Letendre’s large-scale paintings, undeniably energizing in their vibrant colour and striking compositions. Read the rest of this entry »

Writing her-story

March 19th, 2018

Women look at their laptops on a long table.

Image by the AGO.

It’s estimated that only 10 per cent of Wikipedia editors identify as female. The content on Wikipedia skews the same way. The result? Too many women artists are missing from one of the Internet’s largest resources.

On Saturday, March 24, the AGO’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon offers a free space and access to extensive resources you can use to update those citations Wikipedia articles need. Best of all, everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary as there will be tutorials and one-on-one coaching available. Bring your own laptop and get ready to Wiki! Read the rest of this entry »

#RetroAGO: A royal art connection

March 19th, 2018

Text saying Retro AGO

It’s a mere two months before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say their “I do’s”. Before you get your fascinators on, why not take a trip to the AGO to see a work with a royal history. Every painting has a story and we’ve got one with a very royal lineage!

The Harvest Waggon (the British and Commonwealth English spelling of “wagon”) refers to two paintings by the English artist, Thomas Gainsborough. The first was painted around 1767 and the latter created around 1784–85 and is part of the AGO Collection. Read the rest of this entry »

JUNO-nominated musician Iskwé joins Creative Minds

March 12th, 2018

Iskwe looks off into the distance with face paint and feathers in her hair.

Iskwé will perform at Creative Minds on April 4. Photo by Lisa MacIntosh.

This isn’t fake news – we are thrilled to announce that Winnipeg-born, Hamilton-based musician Iskwé has joined the lineup at AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall on April 4.

Named one of “10 artists to watch in 2016” by CBC Music, Iskwé (pronounced iss-kway) weaves politically charged lyrics with a soulful mix of R&B, trip-hop and electronica that is uniquely her own. Of Cree/Dene and Irish descent, her sophomore album The Fight Within was released last fall and is nominated for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at this month’s JUNO Awards. You can hear her latest single, “The Unforgotten,” featuring Tanya Tagaq, here. Read the rest of this entry »