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You’re invited to celebrate Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak

June 8th, 2018

Kenojuak Ashevak, Bountiful Bird, 1986. Colour lithograph on paper, Sheet: 58 × 77.6 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2002. © Estate of Kenojuak Ashevak.

“Tunirrusiangit” means “their gifts” in Inuktitut – and starting this week Toronto is invited to enjoy the gifts of Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak in the AGO’s retrospective on these two formidable artists.

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AGO meets The Stop’s Night Market

June 8th, 2018

Grilled IPA marinated chicken with cashew

Image by the AGO.

Love delicious food and want to support access to nutrition for communities in Toronto?

Don’t miss The Stop’s Night Market, an annual fundraiser that brings together the brightest of Toronto’s design, performance, and cuisine-minded creatives to celebrate food and the power of community. This year it will include savoury snacks from more than 65 chefs over two evenings (June 12 and 13). Led by Executive Chef Renée Bellefeuille, the AGO culinary team will be participating once again.

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Calling all high school art experts

June 8th, 2018

AGO Summer Art Camp attendee's

Photo by the AGO

Summer is here and that means camp is just around the corner. The AGO has one of the best kids’ camps in town. And we’re inviting teens ages 15–18 to be camp volunteers to help our counsellors to look after young campers in a fast-paced, fun and art-filled atmosphere.

AGO Summer Art Camp is so much fun that some of our volunteers return to become camp staff. That’s exactly what happened with volunteer extraordinaire Niamh Gyulay. We spoke with Niamh to find out why she’s crazy about camp.

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Links We’re Loving

June 8th, 2018

AGO Staff in front of artwork

Work Shown: Pierre Bonnard, Paysage du Midi et deux enfants, c. 1916-1918 © Art Gallery of Ontario

Want to know what’s happening in the world of art and culture? We’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the strange to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler chatter.

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On collecting Käthe Kollwitz

June 4th, 2018

A Kathe Kollwitz charcoal drawing of a baby resting on a woman's lap, her hands folded next to it.

Käthe Kollwitz, Sleeping Child in the Lap of her Mother. Charcoal and wash with graphite on wove paper. 34.4 x 45.2 cm. Promised Gift of Dr. Brian McCrindle.

In 2015, Dr. Brian McCrindle, a cardiologist and researcher at The Hospital for Sick Children, made an extraordinary donation to the AGO of 170 prints, drawings and sculptures by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz.

What motivated Dr. McCrindle to build and then donate this collection? On Wednesday, June 6 at 7 pm in the Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre, Dr. McCrindle joins Brenda Rix, curator of Käthe Kollwitz: Art and Life to discuss the importance of Kollwitz’s art. Tickets are still available, but seating is limited. Book your tickets now. Read the rest of this entry »

Belmore in the city

June 4th, 2018

Three large photo panels depicting the back of a woman with brown hair, blue jean jacket and pants, arms outstretched to the side.

Rebecca Belmore, Sister, 2010. Colour inkjet on transparencies, 213.4 x 365.8 cm (overall). Collection of the artist © Rebecca Belmore, Photo Courtesy of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toni Hafkenscheid.

For over 30 years, Rebecca Belmore has created artworks that respond to the pressing concerns of our time.

This summer, the major solo exhibition Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental opens at the AGO. Taking up all of Level 5 at the AGO, this exhibition is her largest ever, extending through a series of satellite installations, including the AGO’s Galleria Italia, Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium, and the new J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art. One installation can be found outside of the AGO’s walls at the intersection of Queen and Bay streets in downtown Toronto

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It’s time for PRIDE

June 4th, 2018

Dancers of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company pose in an industrial space.

Image courtesy of the artists.


PRIDE is back and once again the AGO is home to the official launch party. June’s First Thursday is all about bodies in revolution.

Making their First Thursday debut on Thursday, June 7 is Toronto-based ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company, a collective that celebrates LGBTTIQQ2SA communities though movement. The group will perform a specially commissioned work entitled Kaleidoscope in the AGO’s Signy Eaton Gallery, at 8 p.m. and 9:30 pm. We caught up with the collective’s founders Kumari Giles, Jelani Ade-Lam and Sze-Yang Ade-Lam to find out more.

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Infinite gratitude

June 1st, 2018

The inside of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room, "The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away."

Yayoi Kusama. Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water, 287.7 × 415.3 × 415.3 cm. Courtesy of David Zwirner, N.Y. © Yayoi Kusama.

It’s official – we’ve got thousands of reasons to celebrate Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors!

Since the first Members’ Preview on February 28 until the exhibition closed on May 27, the AGO welcomed a total of 169,794 visitors into Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors – that’s more than any other stop on the exhibition’s North American tour to date. We extended our hours so that we were open evenings throughout the exhibition’s run (and were open until midnight the last two weekends) to ensure as many people had the opportunity to come and see the show.

We were thrilled to give visitors the amazing opportunity to experience the work of Yayoi Kusama, one of the most important artists of our time, through her immersive and incredible Infinity Mirror Rooms, paintings, drawings and sculptures.

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Ron Terada tells all

May 28th, 2018

Artist Ron Terada stands in a gallery, in front of two of his paintings with large blocks of white text on a black canvas.

Ron Terada. Photo courtesy the AGO. Behind: Ron Terada, Jack, 2016–17. Acrylic on canvas, 14 panels, 203.2 x 162.6 cm each. Art Gallery of Ontario. Purchased with the assistance of Eleanor and Francis Shen, 2017.

“The art you make has to be yours; you stand behind it and it has to be real sturdy.” – Jack Goldstein

Published in 2003, Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia is a candid and searing memoir of a life lived in the art world. Born in Montreal, Goldstein was a leading voice of the Pictures Generation, a group of artists in the 1970s and ‘80s influenced by their time in art school and mass media. Co-written with Richard Hertz before Goldstein’s suicide, the memoir recounts Goldstein’s professional and personal frustrations. The book inspired a series of paintings, now on view at the AGO, by Vancouver-based artist Ron Terada.

Jack and the Jack Paintings: Jack Goldstein and Ron Terada features 14 of Terada’s large-scale text-based paintings. Shown for the first time, these works recount episodes from Chapter 11 of Goldstein’s memoir, entitled “New York Dealers and Collectors,” and are presented beside Goldstein’s sublime photorealistic image of a lightning storm. Read the rest of this entry »

The smallest, biggest Kusama fans

May 25th, 2018

The class from North Hill Private School. All art works © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by the AGO.

Sometimes the biggest art fans come in the smallest packages.

Take Mrs. Verna’s junior kindergarten students at North Hill Private School in Woodbridge, Ont. As soon as the teacher heard that Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors was coming to Toronto, she planned a study unit on this important contemporary artist. The students learned all about Kusama’s Obliteration Room and her love of polka dots. They also created their own artworks inspired by Kusama.

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