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AGO transforms into KGO (Kids Gallery of Ontario) for Family Day 2013

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) celebrates Family Day 2013 by transforming for one special day into the Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO). On Monday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Gallery will be bursting with family-friendly art activities. Exploring the theme of “art explosion,” the day’s programming will offer families plenty of hands-on opportunities to “blow up” and break down art.

AGO hires Andrew Hunter to lead its Canadian Art department

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has hired Andrew Hunter as its new Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art. With over 20 years experience, Hunter, an accomplished curator, artist, writer and educator, joins the AGO’s curatorial team on May 1, 2013.

Patti Smith: Camera Solo comes into focus for March edition of AGO 1st Thursdays

On March 7, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will draw inspiration from its newest photography exhibition, Patti Smith: Camera Solo, to throw a Patti Smith-inspired AGO 1st Thursday featuring two live performances by the legendary musician, poet and artist. A range of talks, activities and installations will nod to Smith, including a special showing of vintage rock artifacts from the Gallery’s prints and drawings vault.

Tickets for the AGO’s Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art go on sale March 2

The splendour and riches of the Early Renaissance come to life at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) from March 16 to June 16, 2013, in a large-scale exhibition of rare Florentine masterpieces that have never before been shown in Canada.

AGO to bring modern masterpieces from the Guggenheim Museum to Toronto in November 2013

This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will display a magnificent exhibition of avant-garde masterpieces from one of the world’s most prominent collections. The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 features nearly 70 works from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s collection in New York, including paintings and sculptures. The exhibition will be on view at the AGO from Nov. 30, 2013, to March 2, 2014.

Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art opens this weekend at the AGO

Presenting rare Florentine masterpieces that have never before been shown in Canada, Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this weekend, on March 16, 2013. Tickets are now on sale at ago.net for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

AGO extends Patti Smith: Camera Solo to July 14 due to popular demand

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is thrilled to announce that it will extend Patti Smith: Camera Solo, the first exhibition of legendary musician and artist Patti Smith’s visual art in Canada, to July 14, 2013, due to an overwhelming response from visitors.

AGO Massive Party 2013 sets gold standard for Toronto art parties

On April 18, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will go for gold as it hosts 1,800 art lovers at its ninth annual Massive Party fundraiser.

AGO 1st Thursdays parties like it's 1329 with exhibition-inspired bash

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s popular 1st Thursdays series returns on May 2, 2013, with a lineup inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art.

AGO’s latest First Thursday explodes with art, sound and technology

On July 4, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday art party returns with an electric explosion of art, sound and technology. Taking inspiration from the critically acclaimed exhibition Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures-Miller, the evening features new-media art projects, sounds from the electro-indie underground and a fresh round of art talks that will fill the Gallery from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Advance tickets for the 19+ event are now on sale for $12 (general public) and $10 (AGO members) at ago.net/FirstThursdays.

Live large in a world of miniatures at AGO’s August First Thursday

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) invites Toronto to party in a sea of miniatures at this month’s First Thursday art party. Celebrate the small things in life at the AGO with miniature art-making, curator talks, little artist creations and petite edibles. The party continues with Cadence Weapon as he flips the switch, delivering his blend of colossal hip hop as this month’s musical headliner.

AGO presents legendary photographers Irving Penn, Arnaud Maggs and Richard Avedon for Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) shines new light on its own treasures this May with two new photography exhibitions co-presented with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Art Gallery of Ontario invites community to help honour over 5,000 child victims five years after deadly Sichuan earthquake

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will honour the youngest victims of the devastating 2008 earthquake in China’s Sichuan province by holding a live tribute on the opening weekend of its summer exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?

AGO appoints new executive chef Jeff Dueck

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has appointed Jeff Dueck to the role of executive chef, effective June 15, 2013.

The Grange Prize transforms into the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize

The Grange Prize for contemporary photography will now be known as the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize with a greater international focus and a new national scholarship program fostering the development of photographers across the country.

AGO heats up with a fiery, late-night First Thursday

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) throws another epic First Thursdays bash on June 6, 2013, kicking off the long, hot days of summer with late-night hours (8 p.m. to 12 a.m.), sizzling performances, sweltering music and blazing art talks. Advance tickets for the 19+ event are now on sale for $12 (general public) and $10 (AGO members) at ago.net/FirstThursdays.

David Bowie is coming to the AGO this fall

This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers North America its first chance to take an exciting odyssey through the world of pioneering artist David Bowie—musician, performer and style icon—in the acclaimed exhibition David Bowie is, direct from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, England.

AGO unveils monumental bronze sculpture series by artist Ai Weiwei in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) unveiled Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s monumental sculpture series Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze in the reflecting pool of Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square today

AGO makes owning original artwork easy and affordable

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Art Rental & Sales operation will reopen on July 11, 2013 in its new location on the concourse level of the AGO, adjacent to shopAGOkids.

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize announces 2013 long list

Today the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s leading contemporary photography award, announced the highly anticipated long list of 14 finalists from around the world, submitted by a group of international nominators.

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