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AGO Shines Spotlight on Contemporary Art in 2012

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) kicks off 2012 with five diverse exhibitions of contemporary art, celebrating the work of artists both established and emerging, local and international.

AGO to Present Major Kahlo/Rivera Exhibition in Fall 2012

This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present a major survey of masterworks by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two renowned and prolific early 20th-century painters whose work continues to resonate with viewers around the world. Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting features 75 works by the artists, drawn primarily from the collection of Mexico’s Museo Dolores Olmedo.

Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde Attracts Crowds, New Members to the AGO

The exhibition that brought the magic, whimsy and wonder of Marc Chagall and other visionaries of Russian modernism to the Art Gallery of Ontario drew 152,637 visitors during its 13-week run, ranking as the eighth best-attended exhibition in the AGO’s history.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) transforms into Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO)

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will celebrate Family Day 2012 by transforming for one special day into the Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO).

AGO Welcomes Margaux Williamson as Next Artist-in-Residence

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is delighted to announce Margaux Williamson as its next artist-in-residence. The Toronto-based contemporary artist will be based in the Gallery’s Weston Family Learning Centre through the end of March 2012.

AGO Celebrates IAIN BAXTER& with Interactive Features and Special Events

The upcoming exhibition IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958–2011, invites visitors to become collaborators by engaging with the artist and his work. Special events that highlight the interactive nature of the artist’s brand will complement and activate the exhibition, which is on view from March 3 to Aug. 12, 2012.

Kim Adams Wins 2012 Iskowitz Prize at the AGO

Sculptor and installation artist Kim Adams is the winner of the 2012 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The AGO and the Foundation will celebrate the award with a reception and exhibition of Adams' work to be held in December 2012.

AGO and Aeroplan Collaborate with the U.K. for The Grange Prize 2012

The Art Gallery of Ontario and Aeroplan will collaborate with the United Kingdom for The Grange Prize 2012. The Prize will bring together artists and curators from both countries to form the nominating jury, who will each bring forth a selection of artists from their home country for consideration.

AGO Massive Party 2012 Explores the Future of Art

Mark your calendar, dust off your crystal ball and prepare to party in style, because the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is calling on art lovers and culture hounds to share their visions of the future of art for its eighth annual Massive Party. The can’t-miss event is taking place at the Gallery on April 19, 2012.

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris Celebrated with Special Programming

See the world through the eyes of a genius! Tickets go on sale this weekend for the Art Gallery of Ontario’s highly anticipated Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris nearly 50 years after the AGO’s last blockbuster presentation of Picasso’s works.

Special AGO Exhibition Pays Tribute to Donor Ayala Zacks

A new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) recognizes the extraordinary generosity of one the Gallery’s great patrons. A Tribute to Ayala Zacks (1912–2011) opens April 4, 2012 in the Frank P. Wood Gallery and includes significant works by celebrated artists including Marc Chagall, Giorgio de Chirico, Edgar Degas, Sonia Delaunay, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.

Famed Chinese Artist Zhang Huan Presented at the AGO

Incense and memory will pervade the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this summer with the opening of Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors, featuring recent works by acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Huan. The exhibition, running from May 5 to Aug. 19, 2012, represents one piece of a city-wide celebration of the artist. It is his first solo exhibition in Toronto in over a decade.

AGO’s new David Milne Centre

Launching on Saturday, April 14, the newly expanded and relocated David Milne Centre invites visitors to engage with the work of one of Canada’s most celebrated artists through a uniquely personal lens. Combining art with archives, and implementing interactive research tools, the Centre is an innovative first for the AGO.

Artist Max Dean Launches Public Project at the AGO in Tribute to the Family Photo Album

After 10 years of collecting family photo albums from around the world, Canadian artist Max Dean is determined to pass them all onto new owners through a new public project developed by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), in partnership with the 2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris Opens May 1 at the AGO

Marking the only Canadian stop on its world tour, the highly anticipated exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on May 1, 2012. Tickets are now on sale.

AGO Presents Performance Installation with VIA Rail and OCAD University

Artist Aimée Henny Brown, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), OCAD University and VIA Rail, presents Overland Station: par voie de terre. This site-specific and interactive performance will stop at the AGO on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a free public performance, celebrating the mid-point of Brown's eight-day trip across Western Canada.

Contemporary Video Artist to Mine AGO Collection and Toronto’s Cultural Community

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is delighted to announce Hiraki Sawa as its next artist-in-residence. The London, U.K.–based, internationally recognized contemporary artist will be based in the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre through the end of June 2012. The Gallery’s Artist-in-Residence Program, the first of its kind at a major Canadian art museum, hosts as many as six artists each year for eight-week terms.

AGO Teams Up with Blyth Academy to Offer Summer School in the City

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce a partnership with Blyth Academy that will offer a unique summer school experience to students from across the GTA. Summer School in the City, administrated through Blyth Academy, will provide enriched, accredited secondary school art courses at the AGO and other leading cultural institutions.

AGO Launches New Children’s Store: shopAGOkids!

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is proud to announce the official opening of shopAGOkids, a brand new on-site retail space dedicated to offering art-inspired and design-conscious toys and products for children.

AGO Presents Solo Exhibition by Michael Snow, Winner of the 2011 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

Renowned Toronto artist Michael Snow explores the art of looking at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with an exhibition celebrating his June 2011 winning of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize. On view from July 18 to Dec. 9 in the AGO’s Signy Eaton Gallery, the exhibition highlights Snow’s continuing contribution to Canadian art and his ongoing investigation into visual perception.

AGO Partners with the J. Paul Getty Museum to Present Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art in March 2013

The splendour and devotion of the Early Renaissance come to life at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next spring with a large-scale exhibition of Florentine masterpieces, presented in partnership with the world renowned J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

AGO Appoints Kitty Scott its new Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has appointed Kitty Scott as its new curator of modern and contemporary art. Scott assumes the curatorial role on Sept. 17, 2012 and will be tasked with expanding the profile of the Gallery’s modern and contemporary art collections for local and international audiences, while planning and organizing major exhibitions.

Art Gallery of Ontario’s Picasso Exhibition a Blockbuster Success

Picasso: Masterpieces from Musée National, Paris, the hit exhibition that made the only Canadian stop on its world tour at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), drew 308,582 visitors during its 17-week run, ranking as the fourth highest-attended exhibition in the AGO’s history.

AGO’s New Free App Lets Users Customize Their Photos with Different Artistic Styles

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) introduces AGO Express Yourself, a free new app designed to help visitors and the public creatively explore various artistic movements and media. In a few easy steps, users can see themselves transformed into a masterpiece. This engaging app is available for Apple iOS and Android devices, as well as online.

Art Gallery of Ontario Open on Monday, August 6 for Civic Holiday

With only three and a half weeks remaining, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s hot summer exhibition, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is keeping its doors open this holiday Monday to allow more visitors to see the exhibition’s treasures before they disappear on Aug. 26.

Art Gallery of Ontario Brings Evan Penny’s Hyper-Realistic Sculptures Home in Evan Penny: Re Figured

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) welcomes internationally renowned Toronto-based sculptor Evan Penny home with a large solo exhibition opening Sept. 20, 2012. Evan Penny: Re Figured will feature over 25 of Penny’s larger-than-life sculptures, each painstakingly crafted from layers of pigmented silicone, human hair, fabric and resin. Blending abstraction and figuration, Penny’s hyper-realistic sculptures straddle the line between object and image, presenting the human form both as it is and as it can be when imagined through the distorting lens of photography and digital media.

Art Gallery of Ontario Extends Hours Due to Popular Demand for Picasso Exhibition

Time is running out to see the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) hot summer exhibition, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris before it concludes its only Canadian appearance on Aug. 26, 2012.

Patti Smith to Present Solo Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in February 2013

This winter the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will offer a glimpse into the world of legendary musician and artist Patti Smith through an intimate exhibition featuring over 75 works of photography, objects and film, on view from Feb. 9 to May 19, 2013.

The Grange Prize Announces 2012 Shortlist for $50,000 Prize

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan, an Aimia company, announce the four finalists for The Grange Prize 2012, the only major Canadian art prize whose winner is chosen by public vote. Two artists from Canada and two from the United Kingdom have been shortlisted to compete for the $50,000 prize. Online voting begins today at www.thegrangeprize.com and is open until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2012.

AGO Successfully Restores Chardin’s Masterpiece Jar of Apricots

After two years of careful research and conservation efforts, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has restored Jean-Siméon Chardin’s 1758 masterpiece, Jar of Apricots, to its former glory. This major undertaking commenced in 2010 with support from the BNP Paribas Foundation.

AGO Lights Up 1st Thursdays with Art, Drinks, Music and Spectacle

Bringing together an impressive roster of artists, live music and interactive art projects, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites you to experience your art gallery in a brand new way at 1st Thursdays. Designed to engage and entertain, these interactive art nights out will feature a variety of performances, pop-up bars, art-making activities, artist and curator tours, talks and live events.

AGO’s New Artist-In-Residence Mark Titchner Takes It to the Streets in Collaboration with StreetARToronto

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) announces Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner as its new artist-in-residence. As part of his eight-week residency at the AGO, the British artist will collaborate with the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program to create several outdoor works around the city including a large-scale public mural on the west wall of the Drake Hotel.

The AGO Continues 1st Thursdays with Art, Drinks, Music and the Announcement of The Grange Prize 2012 Winner

The second installment of 1st Thursdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will build on the excitement of the program’s sold out October launch, as the AGO and Aeroplan, an Aimia company, announce the winner of the $50,000 Grange Prize 2012 for contemporary photography live in Walker Court on Nov. 1, 2012.

Art Gallery of Ontario Acquires New Canadian Works at the Opening of Art Toronto 2012

Art Toronto 2012 launched on Oct. 25, 2012, with an opening night preview gala to benefit the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The Gallery’s selection committee chose three works by Canadian artists for the AGO collection: two paintings by Julia Dault and Stephen Andrews and a drawing by Itee Pootoogook.

Jo Longhurst Wins The Grange Prize 2012

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan, an Aimia company, are pleased to announce that the public has chosen British photographer Jo Longhurst as the winner of The Grange Prize 2012.

Art Gallery of Ontario Puts the Art into Smart Holiday Shopping

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is the ideal place to find unique gifts this holiday season. Featuring interesting designer products from around the world, shopAGO and shopAGOkids make it easy to buy for everyone on your list with special promotions, extended store hours and a 16-page full-colour gift guide.

AGO Offers Unique Opportunities for Kids, Adults and Families to Learn and Have Fun

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers Torontonians an opportunity to unleash their creativity and learn new skills at one of North America’s leading art galleries. Registration for a brand new slate of winter education activities is now open at www.ago.net/learning, and classes begin on Jan. 12, 2013, in the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre.

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