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Bee a part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013 at the AGO

July 25th, 2013

From Your Temper My Weather, Diane Borsato, 2013. Thank you to members of the Toronto Beekeeper’s Co-op and the Toronto Botanical Gardens for participation.

From Your Temper My Weather, Diane Borsato, 2013. Thank you to members of the Toronto Beekeeper’s Co-op and the Toronto Botanical Gardens for participation.

We’re looking for 100 bee enthusiasts to participate in a public performance. The piece, entitled Your Temper, My Weather by artist Diane Borsato, will explore the effects of collective meditation and create a public platform upon which to consider the health and temper of bees and their keepers, as well as the policies and environmental conditions that affect our shared future.

The beekeepers will perform a simple, collective act of meditation in Walker Court during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on the evening of Oct. 5, 2013, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The event is expected to attract a large audience!

To participate, you must be a beekeeper, an aspiring beekeeper, a bee enthusiast or someone who has studied or practised beekeeping at any time in the past. An openness to art and to participating in guided collective meditation will also be needed. No other performance experience will be necessary. Participants will be seated in comfortable chairs, and have breaks to stretch and walk around during the duration of the performance. There will not be any live bees featured in the performance. Food will be provided. Performers will be expected to take part in one short dress rehearsal and the evening performance on Oct. 5.

Bee enthusiasts interested in more detailed information should contact the artist directly at

AGO and TDSB Team Up To Fuel Passion for Art

November 28th, 2011

(TORONTO – Nov. 28, 2011) – Hundreds of Toronto District School Board (TDSB) students and educators will be able to visit the Weston Family Learning Centre at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) each year for hands-on experience of  art thanks to a new five-year partnership between the TDSB and the AGO.

Students will experience:

  • Special full-day programs at the AGO: Up to 500 high-priority TDSB classes will visit the Gallery in the 2011-12 school year;
  • The AGO’s installation of 13 key paintings from the TDSB’s art collection in the Weston Family Learning Centre;
  • Specialized curriculum and resources for teachers and students online and at the AGO; and
    Free access to the Weston Family Learning Centre for students, teachers, parents and the community.

“This historic partnership is an incredible opportunity for our students, teachers and school communities,” said Chris Spence, TDSB Director of Education. “We truly believe the arts have an overwhelmingly positive impact on student achievement. Our fine art collection helps tell the story of who we are, as a school board, and as a city.”

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Jeanne Beker Curates Special Exhibition for AGO’s 2nd Annual Collector’s Series

November 15th, 2011

Canadian fashion icon shares personal collection of artworkCanadian fashion icon shares personal collection of artwork

(TORONTO – Nov. 15, 2011) The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) launches the second annual Art Rental + Sales Gallery Collector’s Series exhibition in collaboration with one of Canada’s top fashion influencers, and host of CTV’s FashionTelevision, Jeanne Beker. Launched in 2010, this year’s exhibition in the series offers a rare glimpse into Beker’s private art collection including paintings, photography, and sculptures. Opening Tuesday, Nov. 29, the Collector’s Series runs until Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at the AGO’s Art Rental + Sales Gallery, located on the ground floor of 481 University Ave.

Opening night reception, hosted by AGO and featuring an appearance by Beker, takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Art Rental + Sales Gallery. The event offers performances by Juno Award-winning jazz artist Richard Underhill as well as Beker’s daughter, musician Joey O’Neil.

The Collector’s Series shines a spotlight on the personal art collections of notable Canadians, offering rare opportunities to share their own treasured pieces, as well as to select favourite pieces from the holdings of the Art Rental + Sales Gallery to be featured in the space. These selected works are available to the public for purchase or for rent.

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Visionary Canadian Jack Chambers Celebrated at the AGO

November 3rd, 2011

Jack Chambers, Self-Portrait No. 2, 1953(TORONTO – Nov. 3, 2011) The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) opens an exhibition of Canadian artist Jack Chambers’ work on Nov. 26, 2011. Entitled Jack Chambers: Light, Spirit, Time, Place and Life, the collection surveys the varying styles and media used by the artist to create an incredible range of work. Curated by renowned Canadian art scholar Dennis Reid with art critic Sarah Milroy, the exhibition is based largely on holdings from the AGO’s permanent collection and remains on view until May 13, 2012.

Situated in the Signy Eaton gallery, the exhibition is presented within four central themes, each anchored by a representative keystone piece in rooms themed “Light,” “Spirit,” “Time,” and “Place”. More than 100 works in various media make up the exhibition, including 40 paintings, 58 drawings, five films, four prints, as well as archival photos, process materials,  notebooks and letters from the AGO’s Special Collection. Featured paintings include Meadow, 401 Towards London, McGilvary County, and Lunch. A room in the centre of the space will display a selection of Chambers’ influential films including Mosaic, R34, Hybrid, Hart of London and Circle.

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Indian artist Gauri Gill wins $50,000 Grange Prize

November 1st, 2011

Sunita, Nirmala and Sita, from the series Balika Mela Portraits, 2003

(TORONTO/MONTREAL – Nov. 1, 2011) After an eight-week public vote, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan are proud to announce that Delhi-based artist Gauri Gill is the winner of The Grange Prize 2011. The $50,000 prize is Canada’s largest photography prize, also granting $5,000 and an international residency to each of the runners-up, and is the only major Canadian art prize to have its winner chosen by the public.

Gill is an Indian photographer born in 1970 and based in Delhi, India, whose body of work includes a decade-long study of people living in marginalized communities in Rajasthan, India. Her photographs “often address ordinary heroism within challenging environments,” says a statement on behalf of the nominating jury, “depicting the artist’s often-intimate relationships with her subjects with a documentary spirit and a human concern over issues of survival.”

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Gauri Gill (Indian), Sunita, Nirmala and Sita, from the series Balika Mela Portraits, 2003, archival pigment print, 76 x 102 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nature Morte Gallery. © 2011 Gauri Gill.

The AGO Opens Constructing Utopia: Books and Posters From Revolutionary Russia, 1910–1940

October 5th, 2011

Two rare collections on display in conjunction with Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde

(TORONTO – Oct. 5, 2011) Artworks from two special collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario – Prints and Drawings, and the Edward P. Taylor Reference Library and Archives – are showcased in Constructing Utopia: Books and Posters from Revolutionary Russia, 1910–1940. Opening Oct. 8, 2011, the exhibition runs until Jan. 15, 2012.

Using the major AGO exhibition Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris as a departure point, Constructing Utopia examines the era of revolution in the Russian empire as the tsarist autocracy was deposed and replaced by a Communist government that enlisted the people in the construction of a utopian Soviet society. This all-encompassing political and social project is reflected in the striking art and design of the times.

Curated by Medeine Tribinevicius, AGO Gelber Intern, Prints and Drawings, and Donald Rance, AGO Reference Librarian, the exhibition brings into dialogue two exciting branches of graphic design: futurist and constructivist books, which speak to the formative artistic years of the avant-garde; and large-scale, dramatic posters, which demonstrate the impact of this ground-breaking art movement on the everyday visual culture of Soviet Russia.

The AGO’s collection of Russian posters is the finest public compilation of revolutionary posters in North America. The rare books are a recent Gallery acquisition (donated anonymously in 2009), and this marks the collection’s first public showing. Comprising over 100 works, the books and posters focus on portrayals of political figures and momentous events, as well as propaganda supporting the changes to mass education and literacy campaigns in the early years of the Soviet Union.

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From Renaissance to Rodin: Celebrating the Tanenbaum Gift

October 4th, 2011

A lifetime of collecting and generosity honoured at the AGO

(TORONTO – Oct. 4, 2011) The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) celebrates the long-standing patronage of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum with an exhibition comprising highlights from the masterworks the couple has donated to the Gallery over almost four decades. Featuring 28 Old Master paintings and five sculptures, From Renaissance to Rodin: Celebrating the Tanenbaum Gift is currently on view in the Walter C. Laidlaw and E.R Wood Galleries and Walker Court.

“The AGO is fortunate to have been the beneficiary of the Tanenbaums’ generosity over the years, and to be entrusted as the custodian of such an extraordinary collection of works,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, the Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. “Joey and Toby’s ongoing support of their hometown art museum and the spirit that drives their love of art have had a considerable effect in guiding the shape and scope of the Gallery.”

The Tanenbaums’ love of rich imagery and visual depth, high drama and narrative tone is evident in the works of the exhibition. Spanning from the 15th to the 20th century, paintings by artists including Jan Victors, Artus Wolfort, Luca Giordano, Antoine Coypel, Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet and Thomas Lawrence capture mainly Classical and biblical themes.

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Make art, save money!

October 3rd, 2011

You can now claim money back whenever you book your child into an art class at the AGO! There’s still time to register for our fall classes too.

The Government of Canada recently introduced the Canadian Children’s Arts Tax Credit, giving parents the opportunity to claim the 15 per cent non-refundable Canadian Children’s Arts Tax Credit on qualifying expenses up to $500 starting in 2011 for each child who is under the age of 16 at the beginning of the tax year. The age limit is 18 for children eligible for the Disability Tax Credit and an additional amount of $500 will be provided in those instances. The credit will go towards fees paid that contribute to the development of a child’s creative skills or expertise in artistic or cultural programs.

Fall art classes at the AGO: Book now to avoid disappointment

Here at the AGO,  the Children and Family Programs and Youth Studio offer an exceptional learning environment where children and youth are given the opportunity to do just that. Along with access to AGO’s galleries, collections, and new Weston Family Learning Centre, children and youth are presented with a variety of ways to learn and create.

* One-day family workshops, courses that are complimentary with admission, and programs that are part of school curriculum are not eligible for this tax credit.

To Qualify Classes Must Be:

  • Ongoing (either a minimum of once a week for at least eight weeks’ duration) or five consecutive days;
  • Supervised;  and
  • Suitable for children.

What Parents Need To Know

  • fees paid for the cost of memberships, registration, administration, instruction, and the rental of equipment is also included as an eligible expense.
  • Parents will receive an electronic receipt in January that will list: organization’s name and address, eligible program, fees paid and date received, full name of payer, full name of child and the child’s year of birth.

Please see the Canadian Revenue Agency website for more information.

For full details about learning opportunities at the AGO and in our new Weston Family Learning Centre please visit

Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde Opens October 18 at the AGO

September 21st, 2011

Masterworks from the Centre Pompidou make their only North American appearance in Toronto

(TORONTO – Sept. 21, 2011) The Art Gallery of Ontario brings the magic and wonder of modern painter Marc Chagall to Toronto next month with a major exhibition organized by the world-renowned contemporary art museum, Centre Pompidou. Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris is on view from Oct. 18, 2011 to Jan. 15, 2012, and includes 32 vivid and imaginative works by Marc Chagall and eight pieces by Wassily Kandinsky, alongside pieces from other visionaries of Russian modernism such as Kasimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Sonia Delaunay, and Vladimir Tatlin. A total of 118 works belonging to the collection of the Centre Pompidou comprises a broad array of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography and film.

Early-bird tickets for the exhibition are on sale now and include a 20 per cent discount if purchased online before Oct. 18. Regularly priced tickets range from $16.50 for youth and student visitors to $25 for adult admission. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Tickets can be booked online.

AGO members enjoy FREE admission to Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde, and are invited to attend a special members’ preview of the exhibition on Sunday, Oct. 16, 10 am – 8:30 pm, and on Monday, Oct. 17, 10 am – 5:30 pm. Members of the Curators’ Circle can enjoy an exclusive talk and preview on Monday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm.

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