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Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:01:22 +0000

 



Painting in the park

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:36:07 +0000

This is a guest post by Judy Koke, Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief, Public Programming and Learning. Does the name Arthur Lismer ring a bell? Best known as an artist and a founder of the Group of Seven, Arthur Lismer has another important connection to the AGO – and Grange Park, the wonderful green space […]



And the finalists are…

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:34:07 +0000

Big news! Four outstanding international artists have been shortlisted for the 10th annual Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, which will award $50,000 to a winner decided entirely by public vote. Without further ado, they are… Liz Johnson Artur (Ghana/Russia) Raymond Boisjoly (Haida Nation/Canada) Hank Willis Thomas (USA) Taisuke Koyama (Japan) Here’s how the finalists were […]



Don’t miss it! Last week of Georgia O’Keeffe

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:26:47 +0000

Flowers come and go with the seasons – and the same goes for Georgia O’Keeffe’s beautiful blooms on canvas. Georgia O’Keeffe, the AGO’s ambitious and career-spanning retrospective on one of America’s most beloved painters, must close its run on Sunday, July 30. Since the exhibition opened to the public on April 22, Torontonians have fallen […]



Getting better with age

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:21:16 +0000

Do you remember Transformation AGO? Back in 2008, the AGO reopened its doors after a major expansion and renovation project designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. It was a huge moment for the Gallery (and Toronto), as the new façade with its distinctive bowed Galleria Italia added a whole new dimension to the cityscape. One […]



Travel back in time

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:01:25 +0000

The AGO’s Look:Forward reinstallation project is marching forward! The latest gallery to get a facelift is the Richard Barry Fudger Memorial Gallery on Level 1. It’s now home to some of the AGO’s most outstanding pieces of European art from the 1800s, an exciting time for artists across the continent, as our Assistant Curator of […]



A little perspective…

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:00:33 +0000

Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is currently on view on Level 4 of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower. Inside, visitors will find three pieces on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): copper skulls from Michigan, a meteorite fragment from Springwater, Saskatchewan, and an impact shatter cone found in Sudbury, Ontario. Some of these pieces are […]



How do you describe nature?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:59:16 +0000

There’s so much to look at in the brand new Grange Park, which officially opened to the public on Saturday, July 8. The Henry Moore sculpture Large Two Forms is a big hit in its new lush leafy location, having been moved from its original spot at Dundas and McCaul. The new playgrounds and interactive […]



Come and knock on our (new) door

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:57:21 +0000

Grange Park is officially open, and along with it is a brand new way to get into the AGO! Our new entrance leads out of the park and right into the Weston Family Learning Centre (WFLC), where our learning programs for all ages take place. The new area, designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini […]



Channelling Georgia O’Keeffe

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:56:24 +0000

The AGO’s popular exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe, is only in Toronto until July 30, so time is running out to see this once-in-a-lifetime, career-spanning collection of over 80 works (if you haven’t seen it yet – get tickets now!) But once Georgia O’Keeffe is over, how can you keep some of her visual inspiration around in […]



ReBlink will make you look twice

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:17:45 +0000

Have you ever looked at historical paintings in the AGO Collection and wondered how the scenes would look today? Would this country landscape look so serene, would that portrait look so formal, would this plate of food look so appetizing? Well, the answer to the last one is definitely yes, but a new artistic intervention […]