Witty, subversive, dark, cheeky – these are just a few of the words commonly used to describe the sculptural works of Montreal artist and 2017 Gershon Iskowitz Prize-winner Valérie Blass. In her new exhibition, on view now on Level 4 of the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, Blass goes one step further, sparking viewers’ imaginations with a series of works that use thrift store clothing, found objects and repeating visual motifs. Valérie Blass: Le parlement des invisibles is on view now until December 1.
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival may be winding down, but many of the exhibitions – including the AGO’s Photography, Women in Focus: 1920s–1940s – continue after the month ends. Before we say goodbye to the Festival, the AGO is hosting an exciting talk on May 29 with two Toronto luminaries June Clark and Suzy Lake, along with African-American artist Ming Smith.
From morning to night, AGO All Hours took
over the museum on Saturday, May 25 – and it was a hit! The first iteration of our
all-day, all-ages art event filled
the AGO with inspiration and fun.
Spring showers have brought us
flowers, and the heat of summer is almost upon us. That means a whole new line-up
of adult, youth and children’s courses at the AGO. With life-drawing, painting,
photography and more, there is something for every age group and every art-making
style. This could be your summer of inspiration – take the plunge!
Have you seen our exhibition Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory? On view now, it showcases the remarkably intricate works of artist Vija Celmins. And if you cannot get enough of gazing at the stars and ocean waves in her remarkable work in the exhibition, we present an additional installation of eight newly acquired prints by the globally acclaimed artist that are now part of the AGO Collection.
Every two years, the contemporary art world
turns all eyes on Italy, for the spectacular Venice Biennale – a global survey
of the best in contemporary art. Curated by Ralph Rugoff, director of London’s
Hayward Gallery since 2006, the theme for 2019 is May you live in interesting times.
You might have come across Maria Qamar’s
celebrated Instagram feed @Hatecopy during your daily scroll. Her pop-art
style and sharp sense of humour that playfully pokes fun at South Asian
stereotypes has earned her over 160k followers. Born in Pakistan and raised in Mississauga,
Qamar’s work deals
with interactions between the South Asian diaspora, feminism, romance, revenge,
drama, tradition and confronting the patriarchy. She has shown her work in
galleries internationally, published a book Trust No Aunty and can count Mindy Kaling among her many
fans. On May 25, as part of AGO All Hours, she’ll take the
stage in Walker Court at 4 pm to give us her take on art, community and satire.
an archeologist, author and photographer with works in collections throughout
North America and Europe. He’s a daring freelancer who has spent his career
travelling the globe documenting the stories of criminals, revolutionaries,
Olympians and more. He’s Michael Mitchell, and as part of the annual Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival, he’s coming to the AGO on May 30 to launch Final
Fire, a memoir of his adventures as a globetrotting “cowboy with a camera
and a keyboard”.
Calling all artmakers! Pack
yourself a picnic lunch and grab your sketching supplies because we’ve got the
perfect destination for you this Saturday, May 25. Join us outdoors for plein
drawing surrounded by the beauty of Grange Park during
our must-attend, all-day art event, AGO