Do you think a young and relatively unknown Picasso, struggling to pay for food, knew that the canvases he was painting and repainting would become some of the most celebrated works of twentieth-century modern art? Created at the beginning of his career, from 1901–1907, the works of the Blue and Rose periods offer a glimpse of the evolution of a young genius. Many of these masterpieces, including two outstanding works on loan from the AGO Collection, are currently on display at The Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, as part of its landmark exhibition, The Young Picasso – Blue and Rose Periods.
As you enter Signy Eaton Gallery on Level 2 at the AGO, you’ll see a long iron pole slanting upward from a pile of sandbags. Near the top of the pole, two steel slabs are bolted together with a streetlight shining a spotlight. On the other side of the room, burlap sacks and steel shelves are stacked with pieces of wood and plaster fragments of sculpture. These large sculptural installations are, respectively, La Germania by Luciano Fabro and Untitled by Jannis Kounellis. Together they make up Arte Povera, our latest and last installment of Look:Forward, a display that focuses on the Italian Arte Povera movement.
Vija Celmins is renowned for her fascinating and entrancing portrayals of natural imagery, ranging from ocean waves to the sky at night. With its exquisite detail, Celmins’s work encourages viewers to take a moment and look closer to consider the captivating beauty in both her work and the natural world around us. Ten years in the making, Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memoryisa comprehensive retrospective of more than five decades of the artist’s paintings, drawings and sculptures, and will open at the AGO on May 4.
When Ivona Novak brought her three-year-old son Noah to the AGO for the first time, she wasn’t sure what to expect. Noah has been paralyzed since he was six months old as a result of pediatric cancer, and he and his family have been encountering accessibility challenges on a daily basis ever since.
The crystal anniversary of AGO Massive brought good vibes to
the museum. This important fundraiser celebrated 15 years of supporting the
AGO’s mission to bring people together with art to see, experience and
understand the world in new ways. And all with a good dose of glitter!
It’s that time of year again – when the rush to get the perfect bouquet of flowers, find that special gift or plan an unforgettable outing for mom begins. Well, look no further. We’ve got just what you need. The AGO is a great place to spend Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12) by strolling around together and taking in the great art on display. And when you’ve worked up an appetite from all that artful fun, join us for a special Mother’s Day Brunch or Afternoon Tea at the Grange.
At first glance Gustave Caillebotte’s Le Pont de l’Europe 1876 (a highlight from our exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more) appears to be an everyday urban scene of people strolling across a bridge in 1870s Paris. However, someone standing on this same bridge in 1876 might notice something amiss in the artist’s depiction. Now, thanks to intensive research and innovative technology, visitors to the exhibition can see for themselves just how much artistic license Caillebotte really took.
it’s a still lake, a reflective pool or a rushing river, it’s easy to be
inspired by the ever-changing nature of water. And no matter the level of your
artistic skill, picking up the brush to capture the wonder of water can be
intimidating. Have no fear, we’re here to help. To you get started, we asked long-time
AGO painting instructor and Toronto-based artist Lauren Renzetti to show us how
to paint the ocean – in just 60 seconds!