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2010 Press Releases

AGO bids farewell to the Golden King

May 3, 2010. The reign of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs has ended with resounding success. During its 24-week run, King Tut attracted 404,364 visitors, 47 per cent of whom were making their first visit to the AGO. The exhibition is the third most attended in the Gallery’s history and the most visited since The Barnes Exhibit in 1994.

Canadian and U.S. Photographers Compete for 2010 Grange Prize

April 28, 2010. Four leading-edge photographers, two Canadian and two American, will have the opportunity to win the $50,000 Grange Prize, presented by Aeroplan and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

CANADIAN GIRLS SPEAK OUT!

Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada (GGC) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) are pleased to present a photography exhibition that speaks volumes about what girls care about in their communities. Canadian Girls Say… officially launches on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the AGO

AGO Pays Homage to the History of Playing with Pictures

Sixty years ahead of the avant-garde, aristocratic women of the 1860s and 1870s combined photographs and watercolours to create the little-known phenomenon of Victorian photocollage. From June 5 to September 5, the Art Gallery of Ontario hosts Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage, organized by the Art Institute of Chicago.

Art Gallery of Ontario Appoints Bernita Kiefte as Executive Director, Marketing and Communications

Toronto, April 7, 2010. Kiefte brings a powerful blend of leadership strengths to the AGO from marketing, business development, coaching and organizational development, as well as volunteer engagement in arts communities.

AGO Extends King Tut’s Reign

April 6, 2010. The Art Gallery of Ontario will extend its blockbuster exhibition King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs for two additional weeks through May 2 due to high demand for tickets. To date, the Gallery has sold over 300,000 tickets to the exhibition, currently making its only Canadian stop at the AGO.

American Artist Barbara Kruger to Appropriate AGO Façade

April 1, 2010. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Dundas Street façade is about to get a new look: Commissioned CONTACT installation will span the length of a full city block.

City Organizations Partner with AGO and No.9 to Bring Contemporary Art to Inner-City Students

March 25, 2010. The Art Gallery of Ontario and No. 9: Contemporary Art and the Environment are partnering with the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Public Library, and the World Wildlife Fund to bring contemporary art and environmental education to 10,000 inner city elementary students across the GTA.

AGO Puts Focus to Local Artists for Toronto Now Series

February 12, 2010. An extraordinary grouping of works by leading-edge contemporary artists will be on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario this spring in a major new exhibition titled Sculpture as Time: Major Works. New Acquisitions.

AGO’s Massive Party Speakeasy

With over 700 tickets sold, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Massive Party Speakeasy is fast approaching. The event takes place April 8, 2010, and co-chairs Gillian Hewitt Smith and Dan McClure have confirmed some very hush-hush details about this year’s lineup of artists and entertainers.

AGO's Major Summer Exhibition Brings the Drama

March 15, 2010. Lust. Passion. Murder. Many of the greatest artists of the 19th century shared a profound fascination with the theatre and its themes of triumph and destruction, love and despair. This summer, the Art Gallery of Ontario gives centre stage to key artworks by these artists in a major international exhibition titled Drama and Desire: Artists and the Theatre, opening June 19 and continuing through September 26.

The Golden King is Toronto’s Golden Ticket

February 24, 2010. The people of Toronto are coming out in droves to catch a glimpse of the treasures of Tutankhamun – ticket sales to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s blockbuster exhibition King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs have reached 250,000.

Government of Canada Invests in AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre

February 22, 2010. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s much anticipated Weston Family Learning Centre received a major boost from the federal government with today’s announcement of a $7.5 million funding contribution from the government’s Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

Landmark Works, Emerging Artists Featured in Major Sculpture Exhibition

February 12, 2010. An extraordinary grouping of works by leading-edge contemporary artists will be on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario this spring in a major new exhibition titled Sculpture as Time: Major Works. New Acquisitions.

Anselm Kiefer Installation an International Coup for the AGO

February 8, 2010. Acclaimed international artist Anselm Kiefer’s monumental installation Palmsonntag (Palm Sunday) is coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario this March. Kiefer, known for his epic themes and operatic flair, will be adapting and adding to the installation for its Canadian premiere at the AGO, opening March 4 and continuing through August 1.

Provocative Artist Wangechi Mutu to Tear Up Gallery Walls in Canadian Debut

February 3, 2010. The daring collage-based works of Kenyan-born Wangechi Mutu will be on display this winter at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which will host the first solo exhibition of Mutu’s socially charged artwork at a major North American museum.

Dr. Ydessa Hendeles Makes AGO History with Contemporary Art Donation

January 21, 2009. Leading art collector and philanthropist Dr. Ydessa Hendeles is donating an extraordinary collection of 32 Canadian and international contemporary artworks to the AGO, the most significant single gift of contemporary art in the AGO’s 110-year history.

New and classic works by Françoise Sullivan to go on display at AGO

January 19, 2010. An exhibition celebrating the career of pioneering Canadian artist Françoise Sullivan will open at the Art Gallery of Ontario on February 10, 2010, marking Sullivan’s receipt of the 2008 Gershon Iskowitz prize.

AGO looks at art through economic turmoil

January 5, 2010. As we climb out of the current economic crisis, the Art Gallery of Ontario presents a look at how art stimulated the economy and revived American spirits during the 1930s.

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