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Archive: November, 2018

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November 20th, 2018

Woman and man looking at smartphone, standing in front of a painting.

Image by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Curious about what’s happening in the world of art and culture? We’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the strange to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler chatter.

A small town in Sweden is relocating to more stable ground. And to commemorate the town’s rebirth, artists Bigert & Bergström created Solar Egg, a five-person sauna and public art installation in the shape of a large golden egg.

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Animals On the Brink

November 20th, 2018

Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier. AR #2, President Kenyatta’s Tusk Pile, April 28, Nairobi, Kenya, 2016. Photogrammetric augmented reality (AR). Courtesy of the artists.

With thousands of species endangered or on the brink of extinction, what will we lose when they’re gone? We ask this question in On the Brink, the fifth episode of our podcast series Into the Anthropocene. The podcast explores issues sparked by our exhibition, Anthropocene, which features stunning artworks by acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier that reveal the scale of human impact on the planet.

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A Closer Look: Kent Monkman edition

November 12th, 2018

Kent Monkman's artwork The Academy

Kent Monkman. The Academy, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, Framed: 205.7 x 297.2 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchased with the assistance of the David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, 2008. © Kent Monkman 2008/114

In our blog series, A Closer Look, we explore some amazing works in the AGO Collection, like our feature on a Camille Pissarro painting. This edition, we’re turning our attention to the fantastic details of artist Kent Monkman’s powerful, large-scale painting The Academy, which includes references to works you may recognize from the AGO Collection – but not in the way you’re used to seeing them.

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Meet the people making #InfinityAGO possible

November 12th, 2018

Image of woman sitting at table painting

Portrait of Yayoi Kusama. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy YAOYI KUSAMA Inc

We’re off to a great start in our #InfinityAGO crowdfunding campaign to bring an Infinity Mirror Room by acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama to the AGO… forever. We’re so inspired by the outpouring of love and excitement for Kusama’s immersive artwork. Join the thousands of people helping to bring this important work to the AGO for infinity so that as many art fans today and in future generations can experience Kusama’s amazing work. And in the meantime, meet two donors who are helping us make it happen.

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An artistic cliffhanger

November 12th, 2018

Image still from film of man walking on tightrope over a cliff, holding paintings in each hand

Taus Makhacheva, Tightrope, 2015. 4k video, colour, sound. Running time: 58 minutes, 10 seconds. Purchased with the F.P. Wood Fund, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of narrative projects, London. © Taus Makhacheva.

Moving methodically back and forth across a valley, a solitary tightrope walker carefully carries 61 paintings and works on paper from one side of a mountain to the other, placing them into an open-sided cage that resembles museum storage racks. This is Tightrope (2015), Taus Makhacheva’s scenic and absorbing video installation. Heralded by The Guardian as “breathtaking” and by The Art Newspaper as “one of the most talked about works” at last year’s Venice Biennale, Tightrope is a new addition to the AGO Collection and is now on view in the Signy Eaton Gallery on Level 2.

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Meet the Younders

November 12th, 2018

Man and woman standing in front of sculpture

AGO volunteers Michael Younder and his mother Susan Younder 2018. Artwork shown in background: Michael Snow, Expo Walking Woman, 1967. © Michael Snow

At the AGO, we work with many wonderful, art-loving volunteers. For long-time volunteers Susan and Michael Younder, an appreciation for art – and volunteering – runs in the family.

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Coming soon to the Contemporary Tower

November 2nd, 2018

Image of room with four tv monitors, chairs and cushions

Mickalene Thomas. Los Angelitos Negros, 2016. 4 HD video monitors : four (4) two-channel HD video, sound; each: 121.9 x 137.2 cm; duration: 23 minutes, 18 seconds; 121.9 x 137.2 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).

Can you hear that? That’s the sound of anticipation building. After the success of recent AGO exhibitions with Suzy Lake, Anne Collier and, most recently, Rebecca Belmore, we’re buzzing with excitement about the upcoming solo exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists Mickalene Thomas, Vija Celmins and Hito Steyerl.

We’re so excited. We can’t keep it to ourselves any longer. Here’s what’s coming in the months ahead to Level 5 of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower.

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