Archive for the Art Gallery Ontario Tag

Fashion’s here but where’s the art? The AGO’s Massive Party, Toronto

If last night’s sold-out Massive Party, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s annual fundraiser, is anything to go by, fashion is most definitely the new art. The Marchesa. Image: flickr.com A Massive Party-goer. Image: VoCA This year’s theme was the slightly obscure Marchesa Luisa Casati, the celebrated Italian arts patron of the early 20th century. And at one point in the
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Barbara Kruger at the AGO

Now’s a good time to check out the Art Gallery of Ontario again. Part of Barbara Kruger’s billboard on the facade of the AGO. Image: VoCA You can take in Barbara Kruger‘s magnificent billboard that lines the front of the gallery, (done for CONTACT photography fest, which in on throughout May.) The billboard reads LOVE IT-SHOVE IT-PRAISE IT-PLEASE IT-DOUBT IT-
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A Massively Massive Party at the AGO

Artistic Director and Toronto man-about-town Bruno Billio took control of this year’s Massive Party, the 6th annual fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Ontario, which took place last night at the Frank Gehry-designed space. Jon Sasaki’s installation. All images: VoCA The AGO has got a new Young Patrons group, AGO Next, many of whom were there last night. Judging by
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What Would Gehry and Libeskind Say?

Great curatorial minds think alike, it seems. After what seems like an interminably long period of preciousness with Toronto’s starchitect-designed art spaces at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum, the gloves are off. Both institutions have invited artists to literally destroy gallery walls. The gorgeous, Frank Gehry-designed AGO. Image: seanjohn.com At the AGO, the glorious collages
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News: Ydessa Hendeles Donates to AGO, Toronto

Leading art collector and philanthropist Dr. Ydessa Hendeles is donating an extraordinary collection of 32 Canadian and international contemporary artworks to the Art Gallery of Ontario, representing the most significant single gift of contemporary art in the AGO’s 110-year history. A work, by Barbara Kruger, currently on view at Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto. Image: akimbo.ca The gift includes works
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VoCA Recommends: Sarah Anne Johnson at the AGO, Toronto

Sarah Anne Johnson: House on Fire Art Gallery on Ontario, Toronto July 4 – 23 August, 2009 Sarah Anne Johnson, House on Fire, 2008, Chromogenic Print. Image: bulgergallery.com Winnpeg-based artist, Yale grad and 2008 Grange Prize winner Sarah Anne Johnson debuts a new exhibition titled House on Fire at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The last time we saw Johnson’s
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He Named Her Amber…

How do you define art? Well, the old definition, which many still adhere to, is that art is either a painting, drawing or sculpture exhibited inside an art gallery. Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917. Image: toutfait.com Others might expand the definition to include video, or anything exhibited inside an art gallery. After all, Marcel Duchamp made the point with Fountain, the
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News: AGO Revenue Falls Short of Expectations

Any thoughts on this article from today’s Globe and Mail? Facing a huge revenue shortfall, and with too few people passing through its doors, the Art Gallery of Ontario is considering laying off 61 permanent and 47 contract employees next month…. The view from the back. Image: architecturepeanuts.blogspot.com ..Less than three weeks before the end of its fiscal year, AGO
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2008 – The year in Canadian Art

1. Prime Minister Stephen Harper ignores the arts. Consequently, art becomes a political issue across the country as Quebec gives Harper the hairy eyeball. 2. The new AGO opens – Frank Gehry’s renovation of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario is deemed an unqualified success, perhaps partly due to the budgetary constraints he was under. It’s simple in material, but opulent
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