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AGO to debut acclaimed philosopher Alain de Botton’s Art as Therapy exhibition series

Coming in spring 2014, the Art Gallery of Ontario presents an innovative exhibition entitled Art as Therapy, co-curated by renowned British philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong.

Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Art Gallery of Ontario and WorldPride 2014 Toronto Team Up For Pan-Canadian Youth Solidarity Initiative

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and WorldPride 2014 Toronto are proud to announce that they are teaming up to launch a groundbreaking new initiative entitled the 4th Wall Youth Solidarity Project. Promoting safe, inclusive and healthy communities for Two-Spirited and LGBTTIQQ* youth, the project is actively supported by over 50 human rights, faith-based, arts, newcomer, Aboriginal and health organizations across Canada.

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize announces 2014 jury

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is pleased to announce the jury of experts who will award Canada’s largest photography prize this year. Sophie Hackett, associate curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), will lead the 2014 Prize panel which will include luminaries Laurie Simmons, a New York photography and film-based artist, and Okwui Enwezor, director of Munich’s renowned Haus der Kunst.

AGO to celebrate WorldPride 2014 Toronto with exhibition of queer photography

WorldPride 2014 takes Toronto by storm this June, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) plans to celebrate with a special exhibition. Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography will examine the play of gender in photography and video and is set to open on June 18, 2014, days before the official start to the festival.

AGO transforms into an art playground for February First Thursday

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) transforms into an art playground complete with table tennis, video games and modern jungle gyms on Feb. 6, 2014, with the next edition of AGO First Thursdays. Designed by graduate students from OCAD University, the event is aptly titled The Duel: Competition at the Heart of Play, and features large-scale interactive installations, playful performances and inspired musical performances. Advance tickets are $12 for members and $15 for the general public, on sale now at ago.net/FirstThursdays. The 19+ event runs from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

New AGO artist-in-residence Jim Munroe animates artful videogame design with pop-up arcade

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is re-opening its David and Vivian Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art this month with an exciting showcase of works spanning the 1970s to today and a visible conservation project.

Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO) takes over the AGO with fun and games for Family Day 2014

The popular KGO returns this Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special day of family art-making and life-sized games. Offering a full day of drop-in programs spread out across the entire Gallery, the KGO invites families to experience a variety of exciting hands-on activities.

Art Gallery of Ontario presents acclaimed American artist Bruce Nauman in his own words

Opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on March 1 and running until May 4, 2014, Bruce Nauman’s Words on Paper invites visitors to consider these word images alongside quotes and commentary by the artist.

AGO’s March First Thursday is Elevated with a celebration of contemporary art

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) First Thursdays art party series reaches new heights on Mar. 6, 2014 with a celebration of the artists and works that shape the contemporary art scene.

AGO First Thursdays dishes a dose of Art as Therapy

First Thursdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will harness the healing power of art on May 1, 2014. Inspired by philosopher Alain de Botton’s upcoming AGO exhibition Art as Therapy, the party will leave guests feeling renewed for the spring with special performances, interactive activities, art making and music. Advance tickets for this 19+ event are $12 for members and $15 for the general public. Advanced purchase is recommended, as this popular event regularly sells out. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the party continues until 11:30 p.m

AGO First Thursdays gets queered with a World Pride–worthy bash

Guest-curated by Toronto fashion designer Jeremy Laing, the unofficial WorldPride 2014 after-party features musical performances, pop-up art projects and artist talks.

Ame Henderson’s experimental choreography keeps AGO on its toes for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s latest artist-in-residence, Ame Henderson, digs deep into the AGO archives this fall to present a new work entitled rehearsal/performance in collaboration with Public Recordings for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014. A celebration of past performances held at the Gallery, this 12-hour performative rehearsal will feature 12 artists simultaneously rehearsing and performing throughout the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre (WFLC) on Oct. 4, 2014, starting at 6:53 p.m., and running through to sunrise (7 a.m.) on Oct. 5.

Art Gallery of Ontario announces donor and architect for Grange Park revitalization project

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce that W. Galen Weston, Chairman and President of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, has committed financial support to help restore and revitalize Grange Park, located in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Tickets for Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty at the AGO go on sale March 21

The tortured British painter Francis Bacon, whose triptych recently set a new record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, makes his Canadian debut this spring at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) alongside rarely-seen works by the British sculptor Henry Moore in the exhibition Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty.

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Announces 2014 Long List

Today the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s leading contemporary photography award, announced its most diverse long list to date, as submitted by a group of international nominators.

Witness Michelangelo’s creative struggle at the Art Gallery of Ontario this fall

Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. 1475), one of the world’s most celebrated artists, pays a visit to Toronto this fall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

AGO to debut new work by 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prizewinner Geoffrey Farmer

Acclaimed contemporary artist Geoffrey Farmer, winner of the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize, will debut an automated sculpture work in the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) from July 5 to Sept. 7, 2014

Highlights from the Malcolmson Collection of Photography to make their public debut at the AGO

Vintage photographs by some of the most notable artists in the history of photography will be revealed this spring as the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites the public to explore the Malcolmson Collection for the first time.

Art Gallery of Ontario hires Stephanie Smith as new Chief Curator

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has hired Stephanie Smith as its new Chief Curator. With two decades of museum experience, Smith — an accomplished curator, writer and educator — joins the AGO on Aug. 19, 2014.

AGO presents retrospective of acclaimed comics artist Art Spiegelman this December

Art Spiegelman’s comics have been redefining a genre for more than 50 years, and this December the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will pay homage to the Pulitzer Prize–winning artist with an exhibition highlighting the breadth of his career. Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective opens on Dec. 20, 2014, and runs to March 14, 2015.

AGO celebrates Anishinaabe artists of the Great Lakes region with major exhibition this summer

Marking the first major exhibition of art by Anishinaabe peoples, Before and After the Horizon opens July 26, 2014 and runs to Nov. 25, 2014.

Inaugural Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program winners announced

From a field of more than 110 applicants, the jury has awarded Kristiane Church of the University of Manitoba, Marvin Luvualu Antonio of the Ontario College of Art and Design University and Paige Lindsay of Ryerson University $7,000 CDN each toward tuition for their final year of undergraduate study.

Six Young Canadian Artists to be Featured in WorldPride Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) are delighted to announce the six young artists who have been selected from a pool of online submissions to be featured in a groundbreaking exhibition marking WorldPride 2014 Toronto.

Musical guest Sloan keeps AGO up late at June’s Canadian-themed First Thursday

On June 5, 2014, pop-up art interventions, art-making, interactive performances and musical guest Sloan join AGO’s celebration of its collection of Canadian art.

AGO celebrates Anishinaabe artists of the Great Lakes with free public opening on July 30

Opening July 26, 2014, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes marks the first major exhibition of Anishinaabe art in Canada. A free opening event will be held at the Gallery on July 30, 2014, to celebrate the exhibition and to honour two prominent Aboriginal artists.

Vancouver’s Liz Magor wins the 2014 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

The Gershon Iskowitz Foundation in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce that Vancouver-based artist Liz Magor is the recipient of the 2014 GERSHON ISKOWITZ PRIZE AT THE AGO.

AGO to offer new perspective on a beloved Canadian icon with From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia

Breathing new life into Emily Carr’s legendary fascination with the Pacific Northwest through the display of archival materials, paintings and artifacts, the AGO presents From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia in spring 2015.

AGO’s Matthew Teitelbaum joins Toronto’s cultural leaders to offer vision for next mayor of Toronto

Read an open letter from the heads of eight prominent Toronto arts organizations

Last chance to be swept away by the terror and beauty of Henry Moore and Francis Bacon at the AGO

Only 10 days remain to see Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) before it wraps up its only North American appearance on July 20, 2014.

Tickets for the AGO’s groundbreaking Alex Colville exhibition go on sale Aug.1

On Aug. 23, 2014, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) opens its definitive exhibition, Alex Colville, which will explore the ongoing impact of the renowned, late Canadian painter’s art through provocative pop culture pairings and collaboration with contemporary artists, writers and thinkers. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 1, 2014.

AGO to present major retrospective of NYC art-world legend Jean-Michel Basquiat in winter 2015

Opening Feb. 7, 2015, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Basquiat marks the first-ever major retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada and will feature roughly 100 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.

AGO to present career-spanning survey of influential photo-based artist Suzy Lake

Despite Suzy Lake’s significant international success, her work has yet to receive a career-survey exhibition — until now. Introducing Suzy Lake opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on Nov. 5, 2014. Filling the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s contemporary tower, the exhibition runs to March 22, 2015.

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Announces 2014 Shortlist

Four extraordinary artists have been shortlisted for the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize.

AGO First Thursdays returns with hot fall lineup

The fall lineup from September to November celebrates two new AGO exhibitions, Alex Colville and Introducing Suzy Lake, and Toronto’s annunal Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Musical headliners Bry Webb, Tim Hecker and Majical Cloudz will perform on the Walker Court main stage while local and international artists take over the Gallery for a season of unforgettable cultural mashups.

Tickets for Michelangelo: Quest for Genius at the AGO go on sale Sept. 26

Michelangelo: Quest for Genius tickets will also be available in a special combo package with the AGO’s acclaimed summer blockbuster exhibition Alex Colville, which features more than 100 works by the late Canadian icon.

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Announces 2014 Winner

The 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize has been awarded to Lisa Oppenheim of the U.S., it was announced at a special reception held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this evening. Oppenheim, who is based in New York, was selected by public vote to receive the $50,000 CAD prize in addition to a six-week, fully funded residency in Canada in early 2015.

Pets take centre stage in newest AGO Kids’ Gallery exhibition

Featuring over 20 works of art including paintings, a video, sculptures and prints from the AGO’s European, Canadian, Inuit and photography collections, Pets and Me includes a variety of multi-sensory activities.

AGO kicks off a new year of First Thursdays with Basquiat-themed art party featuring Grandmaster Flash

To celebrate the Feb. 7, 2014, opening of Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time, the first significant retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada, the 19+ event will see the AGO transform itself into an after-hours artistic and cultural hub from 7 to 11:30 p.m. featuring food and drinks, interactive installations, a panel discussion and live performances, including one by legendary hip-hop recording artist and DJ Grandmaster Flash, one of the founding fathers of hip hop and the first DJ and hip-hop artist (alongside the Furious Five) to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tickets for Basquiat exhibition at the AGO go on sale Jan. 23; draw for free opening celebration opens online today

Opening on Feb. 7, 2015, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and running to May 10, 2015, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time will feature over 80 artworks, primarily large-scale paintings and works on paper, from museums and private collections across North America and Europe. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 23, 2015.

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