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Patti Smith: Camera Solo opens this weekend at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Tickets on sale tomorrow for 1st Thursday art party featuring An Evening of Words and Song with Patti Smith

TORONTO—Opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on Feb. 9, 2013, Patti Smith: Camera Solo marks the first showing of artist, musician and poet Patti Smith’s visual art in Canada. The exhibition, which features more than 75 works of photography, in addition to objects and film, will run to July 14, 2013. Capturing people, places and objects significant to the artist, from Walt Whitman’s tomb to her children, these intimate black and white photographs highlight Smith’s interest in poetry and literature.

“The excitement that’s building around this exhibition is palpable,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, AGO Director and CEO. “With the generous support of the Joe Fresh® brand we are able to offer our members and visitors a truly unique opportunity to take a glimpse into Patti’s incredible creativity.”

Installed in the Philip B. Lind Gallery, the exhibition was curated by Susan L. Talbott, director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. The exhibition arrives in Toronto following a highly regarded showing at the Detroit Institute of Arts, in Detroit Michigan. Sophie Hackett, AGO assistant curator of photography, oversaw the exhibition’s installation here in Toronto.

“We are thrilled to support this must-see exhibition of Patti Smith’s photography,” said Joe Mimran, Creative Director, Joe Fresh. “I have been a long time fan of Patti’s work and it brings me great joy to see her artistry celebrated at Art Gallery of Ontario.”

Programming highlights for the exhibition include two live performances by the legendary artist on March 7, 2013. An Evening of Words and Song with Patti Smith will be part of the March lineup for the AGO’s popular 1st Thursdays program, with two separate performances at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Advance tickets for An Evening of Words and Song with Patti Smith, which include 1st Thursday general admission, are $13 for AGO members and $15 for the public and go on sale tomorrow, Feb. 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. at and in person at the Gallery. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

A wide range of programming and events are planned for visitors attending Patti Smith: Camera Solo including an audio guide, special listening posts in the exhibition, a book signing and a film screening. For complete details, please visit

A 95-page catalogue, co-published by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Yale University Press, accompanies the exhibition. Edited by Susan L. Talbott, director of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Patti Smith: Camera Solo includes more than 70 reproductions from the exhibition and will be available for purchase at shopAGO for $25.

Patti Smith: Camera Solo was organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is pleased to acknowledge the Joe Fresh® brand as the Lead Sponsor of Patti Smith: Camera Solo and Sponsor of 1st Thursday at the AGO.

Special support from Robert Harding

With generous support from:
Shon & Cindy Barnett, Barry Campbell & Debra Grobstein Campbell, Jack & Beverly Creed, Maxine Granovsky Gluskin & Ira Gluskin, Rosamond Ivey & John Macfarlane, Audrey & David Mirvish, Robert & Donna Poile and Geoff Smith & Megan Hagarty Smith

Contemporary programming at the AGO is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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.

Patti Smith (b. 1946) began as a visual artist and has been making drawings and taking photographs since the late 1960s. In recent years her practice has expanded to include installation. The artist has been represented by Robert Miller Gallery since 1978. In 2008, Smith was the subject of Patti Smith Land 250 at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporaine, Paris, and Written Portrait - Patti Smith at Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith, a three hundred-work retrospective, was organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in 2002 and traveled to numerous venues including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and the Museum Boijsman Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Her work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Eki, Kyoto; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Triennale di Milano, Milan; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels and the Pompidou Center in Paris. Just Kids, a memoir of her remarkable relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe during the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies, won her the 2010 National Book Award in the nonfiction category. Her 1975 album Horses, established Smith as one of most original and important musical artists of her generation and was followed by 10 releases, including Radio Ethiopia; Easter; Dream of Life; Gone Again; Trampin' and her latest, Banga. She continues to perform throughout the world and in 2007 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In July of 2005 she was presented with the prestigious insignia of Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters, an esteemed French cultural honor. In May 2011, Smith won the Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious music award.

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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The AGO 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.


For images and more information on Patti Smith: Camera Solo or AGO 1st Thursdays, 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,

Caitlin Coull; Manager, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 364,

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