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2009 Press Releases

King Tut Ticket Sales Surpass 100,000

December 22, 2009. Public response to the Canadian exclusive of King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with more than 100,000 tickets sold since they became available just under three months ago.

The King Has Landed at the AGO

November 24, 2009. The wait is over. More than 30 years after the Art Gallery of Ontario first brought the treasures of the Egyptian boy king to Toronto, a new exhibition—King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs—opens to the public at 10 am today and continues through April 18, 2010.

Toronto artist Shary Boyle wins the 2009 Iskowitz Prize at the AGO

October 27, 2009. Shary Boyle, one of the decade’s most buzzed-about Canadian artists, is the winner of the 2009 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO for her outstanding contribution to visual arts in Canada.

King Tut Takes the City!

October 26, 2009. Toronto hotels to offer special ‘King Tut’ packages, exclusive access to VIP line.

Works by three female Canadian artists to join AGO collection

October 23, 2009. The Art Gallery of Ontario has acquired works by three contemporary Canadian artists at Art Toronto 2009, Toronto’ s annual international art fair.

Stars of the Art World Hit the Town to Benefit the AGO

October 19, 2009. Art Toronto’s Opening Night Preview offers exclusive access to artwork and artists

Drawing Attention: AGO exhibition lives up to its title

October 7, 2009. Highlights from the Art Gallery of Ontario’s much admired collection of European and North American works on paper are heading across the Atlantic to be exhibited this October.

AGO Acquires Acclaimed Sarah Anne Johnson Installation

September 30, 2009. The Art Gallery of Ontario has acquired a major new installation by Winnipeg based artist Sarah Anne Johnson, supported by a generous donation from art collector Michael F. B. Nesbitt.

AGO: Nuit Blanche gatekeeper

Sept. 29, 2009. Updates projected on Gallery’s outer walls; Steichen exhibition open until 3:00 am.

ROM and AGO unveil two star-studded exhibitions on September 26, 2009

Sept. 23, 2009. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will be launching two complementary and dynamic exhibitions this fall, featuring images that epitomize glamour and that have helped define the public personas of some of the world’s most influential people.

Anubis beckons one and all to the AGO: Public tickets for King Tut exhibition on sale starting Tuesday, September 22

September 21, 2009. A 26-foot statue of Anubis - the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld - has arrived at the Art Gallery of Ontario to mark the launch of public ticket sales for the AGO's upcoming exhibition KING TUT: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.

A (little) big top is popping up at the AGO this autumn

August 24, 2009. Running from October 3, 2009 to January 10, 2010, Alexander Calder: The Paris Years 1926-1933 draws on over 80 works to tell the story of Calder’s artistic trajectory — from his early sketches of circus folk in New York and the small wire sculptures he created in Paris to early examples of his famous mobiles.

Landmark donation, Mark Lewis make for a Beautiful reality at AGO

August 19, 2009. Big changes are happening in the AGO’s contemporary galleries to make way for Beautiful Fictions: Photography at the AGO – featuring the Vivian & David Campbell Collection, a new exhibition opening September 9, 2009 and continuing though January 17, 2010.

Surreal Success: AGO Extends Hit Surrealism Exhibition into September

August 11, 2009. The Art Gallery of Ontario is going to be distorting reality a little while longer as its hit summer exhibition Surreal Things receives a two-week extension due to a strong response from the public. The exhibition, originally slated to close on August 30, 2009, will now run until September 13, 2009.

The kids are alright: AGO youth outreach program celebrates 10 years

August 7, 2009. Ten years ago, the Art Gallery of Ontario launched its groundbreaking TEENS BEHIND THE SCENES Program as a welcoming home for young artists — and young imaginations — in the city of Toronto.

Defining an Era of Elegance and Glamour: Edward Steichen Photographs at the Art Gallery of Ontario

July 30, 2009. From September 26, 2009 to January 3, 2010, the Art Gallery of Ontario will host an exhibition that proves glamour never goes out of style.

Johnson sets the House on Fire at AGO

July 2, 2009. 2008 Grange Prize winner Sarah Anne Johnson debuts emotionally charged new exhibition at the AGO this weekend.

AGO Celebrates Pride Week Big Time

June 17, 2009. The last week of June is Pride Week at the AGO as the Gallery celebrates art in the gay and lesbian communities, serves up rainbow-labeled Chardonngay and outs a Canadian iconic artist from the 19th century.

Mexican Artist Marco Antonio Cruz Wins $50,000 Grange Prize

May 26, 2009. With over 20,000 votes in a nine-week span, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan are pleased to announce that Marco Antonio Cruz is the winner of the $50,000 Grange Prize for 2009.

King Tut Ticket Mania!

August 31, 2009. Last chance to pre-register for Tut tickets fast approaching; AGO members can purchase this week.

Canadian exclusive: King Tut returns to the AGO and this time he’s bringing his fellow pharaohs

April 24, 2009. Experience the magic and mystery of the world of Tutankhamun at the Art Gallery of Ontario – premiering November 21, 2009

AGO Appoints New President

April 15, 2009. The Art Gallery of Ontario announced today that Tony Gagliano has been named president of the Board of Trustees effective this June. He succeeds Charlie Baillie, who held the post since 2002.

A Massive Uprising at the AGO: Fight for your right to party

March 27, 2009. Prepare for rebellion at Massive Party, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s first on-site benefit since its grand reopening.

Cutting-edge Photographers From Canada and Mexico Compete for $50,000 Grange Prize

March 23, 2009. Aeroplan and the Art Gallery of Ontario have selected four remarkable photographers from Canada and Mexico as their candidates for the 2009 Grange Prize.

AGO Remix Exhibition Redefines the 21st-century Indian Artist

March 16, 2009. From images of Apache kids with skateboards to traditional tribal graphics, Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World explores the challenges of being indigenous and an artist in the 21st century

From A Space to MySpace: AGO exhibition explores a dynamic time in Canadian art

February 11, 2009. Toronto’s art scene of the 1960s and 1970s is being relived through an AGO exhibition centred around Coach House Press.

AGO Family Focus: Just in time for Family Day

February 2, 2009. Join us at the AGO the weekend of February 14 - 15 for a pre-Family Day celebration! Experience the AGO as not only a place to view art, but as a place to create, learn, and develop a lifelong passion for art.

Sin and Salvation: Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision showcases iconic works of the 19th century

January 27, 2009. The Art Gallery of Ontario will offer visitors a rare glimpse into the life and work of one of the most celebrated artists of the 19th century when Sin and Salvation: Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision opens on Valentine’s Day.

Canada’s Only Stop: Prized Surrealist art at the AGO this summer

January 23, 2009. This summer, reality will be suspended at the Art Gallery of Ontario as it welcomes Surreal Things, an innovative exhibition organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

AGO Sparks ‘Visual Conversation’ with Rembrandt / Freud Exhibition

Dec. 14, 2009. An innovative exhibition juxtaposing the etchings of two masters of the human form will open the Art Gallery of Ontario’s winter season on January 30, 2010. Rembrandt / Freud: Etchings from Life, continuing through May 23, showcases the etchings of Lucian Freud in a Canadian art museum for the first time.

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