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

Mural to be painted on west wall of The Drake Hotel in downtown Toronto 

(TORONTO – Sept. 14, 2012) 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.

From his studio at the AGO, Titchner will be preparing for two new exhibitions this fall. In late September 2012, the multimedia artist will begin work on an installation for the AGO’s Weston Family Community Gallery, and in November 2012 he will open an exhibition in the AGO’s Young Gallery, both of which are free to the public.

“We are very excited to welcome Mark Titchner to the AGO and to partner with StreetArtToronto,” said Ann Marie Peña, organiser of the Artist-in-Residence Program. “Mark’s large-scale works draw from a relationship to community and the public realm, and we are pleased that his work will be experienced in that setting, as well as onsite at the Gallery in the coming months.”

Focusing on themes of consumption, ideology and marketing, Titchner’s sculptures, wall drawings, light boxes and videos use bold statements and slogans to explore how text can inspire, speak to the masses, and bring communities of people together. His motifs unite the languages of the street, mixing advertising, religious iconography, club flyers, trade union banners, progressive-rock music and political propaganda.

Beginning this September and working in collaboration with the City of Toronto’s StreetArtToronto Program (StART), Titchner will create a major work on the west-facing wall of the Drake Hotel, at 115 Queen St. W. This mural will be executed in conjunction with youth from the Oasis Skateboard Factory and the AGO Youth Council. StART is a new city partnership that aims to develop, support, and promote the value of street art in neighbourhoods across Toronto.

The AGO’s Artist-in-Residence Program, the first of its kind at a major Canadian art museum, hosts as many as six artists each year. Since the AGO launched its artist-in-residence program in fall 2011, it has welcomed both local and international artists to its dedicated studio space in the newly built Weston Family Learning Centre.

The AGO’s Artist-in-Residence Program is generously supported by the J. P. Bickell Foundation.

Accommodation for Mark Titchner throughout his residency is provided by The Drake Hotel.

For more information about the program, please visit www.ago.net/artist-in-residence.

ABOUT MARK TITCHNER
A U.K.-born, London-based artist, Titchner was a Turner Prize nominee in 2006. His work was showcased at the Venice Biennale in 2007, and he has had solo exhibitions at the notable Peres Projects, Berlin, BALTIC, Gateshead, and Vilma Gold, London. For more information, visit www.marktitchnerstudio.com.

ABOUT THE AGO
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 ago.net 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.

Oct. 20, 2012–Jan. 20, 2013: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting

March 16–June 16, 2013: Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

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For more information on Mark Titchner and the Artist-In-Residence Program at the AGO, please contact:

Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, Communications
(416) 979-6660, ext. 403, andrea-jo_wilson@ago.net

Laura Banks; News Officer, Communications
(416) 979-6660, ext. 504, laura_banks@ago.net

For more information on the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program, please contact:

Lilie Zendel, Manager, StreetARToronto (StART)
(416) 392-0855, lzendel@toronto.ca

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