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Landmark Works, Emerging Artists Featured in Major Sculpture Exhibition

AGO exhibition includes dance, video, juxtapositions of classic, contemporary works

(TORONTO - February 12, 2010) An extraordinary grouping of works by leading-edge contemporary artists will be on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario this spring in a major new exhibition titled Sculpture as Time: Major Works. New Acquisitions. Opening March 4 and continuing through August 1, the exhibition explores how artists since the 1960s have radically shifted traditional definitions and boundaries of the medium.

Works by some of the most controversial and influential artists of the past fifty years will be showcased in the exhibition, including Joseph Beuys, Rebecca Horn, On Kawara, Wolfgang Laib, Simon Starling, Geoffrey Farmer, Tino Sehgal, Jonathan Monk, and Rachel Harrison, among others. The works are connected by their relation to the exhibition's central theme - the representation time  - whether as an explicit topic or as an experience for the viewer to negotiate.

"Sculpture as Time presents the work of a generation of artists who fearlessly probed the limits of a medium and challenged their viewers to experience sculpture in dynamic new ways," says AGO Director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum. "Today's leading young artists have continued this conversation, and we are proud to showcase their important work alongside the established masters."

"Since the 1960s, sculpture's classic status as an unmoving object in space has been radically expanded," explains David Moos, the AGO's curator of contemporary art. "Sculpture can assume many forms, but what ties these works together is their relationship to time - past, present, future - framed in relation to historical and spiritual temporal dimensions."

The exhibition features about 30 works and will be on display in the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art (Level 5) and in Walker Court, where Tino Sehgal's ephemeral Kiss (2002), a choreographed dance referencing sculptural kisses from art history, will be exhibited alongside two of the works that inspired it: Auguste Rodin's The Kiss and Constantin Brâncuşi's Kiss. The AGO was the first art museum in North America to both acquire and exhibit work by Sehgal, who is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Sculpture as Time: Major Works. New Acquisitions. will be exhibited with Anselm Kiefer: Palmsonntag, a monumental installation combining sculpture and painting, also opening March 4. The exhibition completes the AGO's Spring Season of contemporary art on the leading edge, which also includes Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?, opening February 24, Françoise Sullivan: Inner Force - Winner of the 2008 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO and Rembrandt / Freud: Etchings from Life.

Contemporary programming at the AGO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Sculpture as Time: Major Works. New Acquisitions. has been generously supported by Metropia Communities, and Senator Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski.


With a permanent collection of more than 79,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery's façade; and the feature staircase, spiralling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic new African art gallery; from David Altmejd's monumental installation The Index to Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.


For more images and more information contact:

Sean O'Neill, 416-979-6660 ext. 403,

Antonietta Mirabelli, 416-979-6660 ext. 454,

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.


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