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Archive: February, 2019

Art in the city

February 25th, 2019

Omar Ba, Same Dream, 2019. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2019. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

It’s a busy time at the AGO. With Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more (which runs until May 5) to Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires  (on until March 24), we’ve got a lot going on. But it’s not just us! The Toronto arts and culture scene is jam-packed with amazing events to get you through the winter. We’ve rounded up some of our top picks to check out this month.

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Beat the winter blues with art

February 25th, 2019

Colourful abstract artwork
Jennifer McGregor, Tangle, oil on panel, 42”x48”, $112/month

Did you know that research says viewing art provides the same pleasure as being in love? Sounds pretty great to us! A visit to the AGO might do the trick, but there’s nothing like bringing vibrant, curated colours into your own home. Whether you’re looking for something short-term or you’re ready to commit to an artwork, the AGO’s Art Rental and Sales team can help you every step of the way. See some of the mood-boosting highlights from their current collection below:

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New art comes to life

February 25th, 2019

Geoffrey Farmer. Still image from Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been; I am also called No-more, Too-late, Farewell, 2013. Computer generated algorithmic montage sequence projection, Aspect Ratio: 4:3. Purchased with funds from David & Yvonne Fleck, the Dr. Michael Braudo Canadian Contemporary Fund, the Ivey Foundation Contemporary Art Endowment Fund, the Janet & Michael Scott Fund, and the Contemporary Circle Fund, 2015. © Geoffrey Farmer 2015/14

The AGO’s Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art is alive with the sounds, images and sculptures of renowned contemporary artists including Geoffrey Farmer, Adrián Villar Rojas and Pierre Huyghe. Walk through the gallery spaces and see for yourself how these artists are confronting what is and has been, in their own terms.

Here’s some of what you’ll see:

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Mickalene’s muses

February 19th, 2019

Mickalene Thomas, Naomi Sims #2, 2016. Silkscreen ink and acrylic on mirrored acrylic mounted on wood, 152.4 x 182.9 cm. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018) Mickalene Thomas, Diahann Carroll #2, 2018. Silkscreen ink on acrylic mirror mounted on wood panel, 182.9 x 152.4 x 5.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).

Anyone who has been inside Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires or had a look at the #MickaleneThomas AGO hashtag on Instagram may have recognized some familiar faces. From actress Whoopi Goldberg to singer Eartha Kitt, Thomas fuses high art with popular culture to make something wholly her own. We took a deep dive into key works from the show to learn more about some of Thomas’s high profile muses.

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Links we’re loving

February 19th, 2019

Image by the AGO

It may be freezing cold outside, but these links are hot off the presses! We’ve gathered some of the quirkiest, most interesting arts and culture news making the rounds online. Get the inside scoop and check out what our team at the AGO is loving this week.    

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Live from Impressionism

February 19th, 2019

Claude Monet, Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877. Oil on canvas, 60.3 x 80.2 cm. Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1158. Image © Art Institute of Chicago/ Art Resource, NY.

The wait is over. Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more is finally open at the AGO. With over 120 works including many by some of the most recognizable artists of the Impressionist era, this exhibition is not to be missed!

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Celebrating Black Canadian History

February 19th, 2019

Film still from Honour Before Glory
Anthony Sherwood, Honour Before Glory, (film still), 2001, colour, sound.

Do you know about Canada’s all-Black military battalion? If you don’t, you’re not alone. The story is one that is sometimes overlooked in history class, but thanks to Canadian actor and documentary filmmaker Anthony Sherwood, it can be seen in the exhibition Photography: First World War, 1914 – 1918 (Part II), on view now on Level 1 in the Edmond G. Odette Family Gallery (Gallery 128) and the Robert & Cheryl McEwen Gallery (Gallery 129).

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