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AGO Art Rental & Sales relocates to concourse level of the Gallery;
first-time art buyers can explore and experience art at home before purchasing

TORONTO—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. Featuring a larger display area, a score of new works by leading contemporary Canadian artists and a sleek design, the new location offers Toronto the most extensive, diverse and affordable collection of contemporary art for rent, rent-to-own and purchase. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, AGO Art Rental & Sales makes it possible to hang a new piece of original artwork in a house, urban condo or office each and every season.

"Buying or renting art for the first time can be intimidating, and our new home for AGO Art Rental & Sales provides the perfect venue to comfortably explore a variety of choices,” said Kirstin Mearns, AGO General Manager, Merchandise Retailing. “Customers come to us because we make finding the right piece of art—whether for the home or office, for a short time or forever—easy and affordable. Our staff can help anyone choose an artwork that is both personal and high quality.”

Specializing in original works by leading contemporary Canadian artists, AGO Art Rental & Sales carries a diverse selection of artwork, ranging from traditional paintings to works on paper, photography and mixed media at a variety of price points and sizes. New to the collection are cutting-edge works by Canadian artists Simon Hughes, John Eisler, Martin Golland, John Brown, Kristina Burda and Will Gorlitz.

“With high ceilings and limited space, urban spaces can be challenging to decorate,” said Elizabeth Petrova, the AGO’s Art Rental & Sales coordinator. “Through the art rental program, we help seasoned collectors as well as young professionals find stunning works of art that not only personalize their spaces but also add a high design element to everyday living. It’s like a miniature art fair where you’ll find the best of the city’s art galleries as well as the work of independent artists all in one place.”

The AGO’s art rental services are the most affordable and most diverse in the city. Rental rates start as low as $40 per month and the rent-to-own program enables clients to apply up to 3 months’ worth of rental fees toward a purchase. Renting, in addition to allowing customers to explore what Canadian art has to offer, gives customers the chance to experiment with their spaces and their tastes before committing to a purchase.

The experts at AGO Art Rental & Sales also provide in-home/office consultations on a range of topics, including how to build an enduring collection; selecting art that suits tastes and budgets; and practical advice on placement, installation and lighting of art.

Admission to AGO Art Rental & Sales is free, and the service is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday each week. For more information or to schedule a private consultation, visit

With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit.  In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.
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For any media inquiries about the Art Sales & Rental at the AGO, please contact:

Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 403,

Laura Banks; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 504,



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