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2010 Press Releases

AGO Mounts Three-Part Exhibition Featuring the Work of Eva Hesse, Betty Goodwin and Agnes Martin

This fall, the fourth floor of the Vivian and David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario will feature AT WORK: Eva Hesse - Studiowork, Betty Goodwin - Work Notes, Agnes Martin - Work Ethic.

Shary Boyle’s Flesh and Blood to go on display at AGO

July 28, 2010. This fall the AGO will reinstall four of its first-floor European galleries to host a special exhibition featuring the bold and imaginative work of Toronto-based artist Shary Boyle. Shary Boyle: Flesh and Blood will be on view from September 15 through December 5, and includes more than 30 recent works by the artist.

Groundbreaking artist, community leader Will Munro to be featured in AGO’s Toronto Now series

July 23, 2010. Provocative artist. Community builder. Deejay. Restaurateur. Activist. Inimitable party-thrower. Will Munro was all of these things and much more to many Torontonians, and the AGO is celebrating his life and work in the newest installment of the Gallery’s Toronto Now series.

Canadian Exclusive: The Great Kings of India Hold Court at the AGO

July 7, 2010. First exhibition to comprehensively explore the world of the Maharajas. This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario opens its doors to the magnificent world of India's great kings.

AGO Appoints Elizabeth Smith As New Executive Director of Curatorial Affairs

June 22, 2010. After a five-month global search, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has hired Elizabeth Smith as its new Executive Director of Curatorial Affairs.

Art Gallery of Ontario to Close G20 Weekend

(Toronto: June 7, 2010) – As the city ramps up for the upcoming G20 summit, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will close to the public early at 4 pm on Friday, June 25 and remain fully closed on the weekend of June 26 and 27 as a result of the anticipated traffic interruptions and road closures.

Toronto Now series continues with artist collaboration

The AGO’s Toronto Now series continues with the installation of 11:11, a collaborative work featuring Toronto-based artists Sebastian Butt, Janis Demkiw, Olia Mishchenko, Sandy Plotnikoff and Christine Swintak. 11:11 will be on view from June 5 to July 25, in the Young Gallery, a free, street-level space adjacent to Frank restaurant, facing Dundas Street.

Aeroplan and the AGO Announce the 2010 Grange Prize Shortlist

May 27, 2010. Four leading-edge photographers — two Canadian and two American — have been recognized for their excellence and chosen as finalists for the 2010 Grange Prize, presented by Aeroplan and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Unprecedented Partnerships Bring Drama to Life at AGO

May 25, 2010. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s major summer exhibition will feature the voices of Stratford’s brightest stars, live performances from cast members of the Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park, and Degas-inspired ballet performances by Opera Atelier’s Artists of Atelier Ballet.

AGO to Mount Major Julian Schnabel Exhibition

May 6, 2010. American art superstar Julian Schnabel has spent his life pushing the limits of painting and crossing artistic boundaries as an award-winning filmmaker. Now, for the first time, a major retrospective examines the connections between painting and film in Schnabel’s work.

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.


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.

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