AGOinsider story was written by Cassandra Engineer, AGO Communications
Picture this: you’re
wandering through the AGO, making your way through beautifully detailed
landscape paintings and lifelike portraits, when you’re met face-to-face with a
large abstract work. You turn to your friend and say, “I can do that!”. This is the story of how I tried to prove it.
Have friends or family visiting Toronto? No trip to Canada’s most dynamic and exciting city is complete without a stop at the AGO! We know travel schedules can be busy, so if the sightseeing checklist you’ve come up with is jam-packed, or the tour bus only pulls up for a pit stop, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some of our favourite works from the AGO Collection hailing
from five different countries, so you can embark on a 35-minute world tour in
the heart of Toronto.
So, you snagged an invite to that perfect cottage getaway – wahoo! What do you bring to say thanks to the host?
Whether you’re houseboating in Gananoque or glamping in a yurt, shopAGO has
artful gifts that will guarantee you a return invite – no matter who’s hosting.
Need some inspiration? Kierin McNeill, assistant
manager of shopAGO, has chosen her top picks for summer gift ideas.
You may remember last month’s AGOinsider preview of the highly anticipated Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs, recently acquired by the AGO. In keeping with the spirit of celebrating Caribbean culture, this Saturday, August 3 marks the 52nd annual Caribana grand parade. Kicking off the final weekend of Toronto’s month-long Caribbean Carnival celebration, the parade of over 1.3 million people (the largest in North America) will jump and wave all the way down Lakeshore Boulevard from 8 am to 6 pm.
Time is running out to see Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory. As of August 5, the exhibition will say goodbye to the AGO as it heads off to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in New York City. Seeing is believing. And you definitely want to take a trip to the AGO to see the beautifully rendered drawings of ocean waves and night skies. To prove it’s worth the visit, we’ve gathered some of the reviews and visitor responses, praising the intricate details and extraordinary artistic processes of this titan of contemporary art.
may think you know your Canadian painters, but do you know Marion Long
(1882–1970)? This week’s Art Pick spotlights the work of this Canadian painter with
her beautiful portrait of yet another talented Canadian artist, Florence
McGillivray. On view now on Level 2 in the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous &
Canadian Art, Portrait of Florence McGillivray offers a look at the
Toronto art community in a different era.
The striking black and white photographs of legendary American photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971) revolutionized portraiture through the range of subjects she captured and their distinctive style. Primarily made in and around New York City, Arbus selected her subjects for their uniqueness – including couples, children, nudists, suburban families, circus performers and celebrities, among others she encountered in public spaces. You may remember last seeing her work at the AGO as part of our hit 2016 exhibition Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s, and that same year, thanks to the generosity of a small group of donors, we acquired the world’s second largest collection of Arbus photographs.
What do this week’s Art Pick of the Week and your last slip of the tongue have in common? They’re both Freudian. Susanna is a mysterious, contemplative etched portrait by artist Lucian Freud, one of the most celebrated figurative painters of our time. He also happens to be the grandson of famed Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Susanna can be found on Level 1 outside the doors of the Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre.