2014 Press Releases
AGO to debut new paintings by Toronto artist Stephen Andrews as part of his largest solo exhibition to date
Opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on April 23, 2015, Stephen Andrews POV is the largest solo exhibition by one of Toronto’s leading contemporary artists. Trained as a photographer, Andrews (b. 1956) has been practising since the late 1970s, exploring topics as varied as AIDS, surveillance, war, memory, chaos theory and technology.
March comes in like a lion at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) as First Thursdays returns on March 5, 2015, with a fierce lineup of artist projects, live music and pop-up talks, all inspired by the work of groundbreaking comics artist Art Spiegelman.
The AGO is break-dancing, beatboxing and staying up late to welcome Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition to Toronto
The radical vision of New York artist, musician and fashion-world icon Jean-Michel Basquiat arrives at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Feb. 7, 2015, and to celebrate the AGO is offering an unprecedented variety of related programming and events ranging from talks to film screenings and dance parties.
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.
Opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on Feb.14, 2015, Land lies in water explores the diversity of Otto-Knapp’s current subject matter, featuring works that portray pioneering women artists, modern dancers, interiors, landscapes, seascapes and avant-garde stage designs.
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.
This summer the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites visitors to make a 15,000-kilometre artistic journey from Canada’s North to the southern tip of Argentina and Chile through the work of some of the world’s most acclaimed landscape painters.
AGO offers rare glimpse of life inside a Second World War Jewish ghetto through unearthed collection of photographs
Opening in Toronto on Jan. 31, 2015, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross will display over 200 of these incredible images, including original prints in addition to prints from surviving negatives, contact sheets and film projections
Read an open letter from the heads of eight prominent Toronto arts organizations
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Long Winter, the monthly wintertime underground event series, will set this January’s AGO First Thursday ablaze with music, art and drinks. With over 25 participating artists, the galleries will be bursting at the seams with pop-up performances, art installations, musical guests, art talks and much more. 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.
AGO to bring giants of British art Francis Bacon and Henry Moore together for major exhibition this spring
This spring, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) brings two giants of 20th-century British art together in a major exhibition of sculpture and paintings. Organized by the AGO in conjunction with the U.K.’s historic Ashmolean Museum, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore will feature over 60 works by the two highly influential artists as well as a number of photographs and archival materials dating from the Second World War. The exhibition runs from April 5 to July 20, 2014.
Due to popular demand, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is staying open late six evenings this fall to ensure that all Torontonians get to see the glittering exhibition David Bowie is during its only Canadian stop. The exhibition will close on Nov. 27
On Oct. 5, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) current artist-in-residence, Diane Borsato, will host 100 beekeepers, dressed in full beekeeper suits, in a collective act of meditation for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013.
Pop culture influencer, musical pioneer and style icon David Bowie will make his North American exhibition debut this fall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in the acclaimed retrospective David Bowie is, direct from its record-breaking run at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, England. Single tickets for the AGO’s run of the multimedia show, which was London’s hottest ticket of the year, go on sale Aug. 23, 2013.
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.
AGO unveils monumental bronze sculpture series by artist Ai Weiwei in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) unveiled Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s monumental sculpture series Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze in the reflecting pool of Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square today
This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers North America its first chance to take an exciting odyssey through the world of pioneering artist David Bowie—musician, performer and style icon—in the acclaimed exhibition David Bowie is, direct from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, England.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) throws another epic First Thursdays bash on June 6, 2013, kicking off the long, hot days of summer with late-night hours (8 p.m. to 12 a.m.), sizzling performances, sweltering music and blazing art talks. Advance tickets for the 19+ event are now on sale for $12 (general public) and $10 (AGO members) at ago.net/FirstThursdays.
Art Gallery of Ontario invites community to help honour over 5,000 child victims five years after deadly Sichuan earthquake
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will honour the youngest victims of the devastating 2008 earthquake in China’s Sichuan province by holding a live tribute on the opening weekend of its summer exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?
AGO presents legendary photographers Irving Penn, Arnaud Maggs and Richard Avedon for Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) shines new light on its own treasures this May with two new photography exhibitions co-presented with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
The Art Gallery of Ontario’s popular 1st Thursdays series returns on May 2, 2013, with a lineup inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art.
On July 4, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday art party returns with an electric explosion of art, sound and technology. Taking inspiration from the critically acclaimed exhibition Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures-Miller, the evening features new-media art projects, sounds from the electro-indie underground and a fresh round of art talks that will fill the Gallery from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Advance tickets for the 19+ event are now on sale for $12 (general public) and $10 (AGO members) at ago.net/FirstThursdays.
The Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) invites Toronto to party in a sea of miniatures at this month’s First Thursday art party. Celebrate the small things in life at the AGO with miniature art-making, curator talks, little artist creations and petite edibles. The party continues with Cadence Weapon as he flips the switch, delivering his blend of colossal hip hop as this month’s musical headliner.
On April 18, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will go for gold as it hosts 1,800 art lovers at its ninth annual Massive Party fundraiser.
Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art opens this weekend at the AGO
Presenting rare Florentine masterpieces that have never before been shown in Canada, Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this weekend, on March 16, 2013. Tickets are now on sale at ago.net for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) celebrates Family Day 2013 by transforming for one special day into the Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO). On Monday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Gallery will be bursting with family-friendly art activities. Exploring the theme of “art explosion,” the day’s programming will offer families plenty of hands-on opportunities to “blow up” and break down art.
AGO’s new artists-in-residence Life of a Craphead present retrospective of “all the work they will ever create”
Artist collective Life of a Craphead has joined the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to shake things up as its newest artist-in-residence. Based in the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre, the 12-week residency will include a live evening of performance on Feb. 10, 2013 and a satirical exhibition — showcasing works from both the collective’s past and future — opening on March 27, 2013.
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.
On Feb. 7, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will hand over its keys to OCAD University curatorial graduate students to throw a 1st Thursday party featuring street-inspired art, music and food. This month’s programming includes street art workshops, pop-up installations and talks with local Toronto street artists, as well as a headlining performance by First Nations DJ collective A Tribe Called Red. Doors open to adults 19+ at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now sold out, continuing a monthly trend that began when the series launched in October 2012.
In conjunction with its upcoming photography exhibition Patti Smith: Camera Solo, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is delighted to present two live performances by legendary artist Patti Smith 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.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites GTA students affected by possible school closures to spend a day with art. The AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre will be offering an Art Day for grades JK to 6 in the event that Toronto District School Board elementary schools are closed as a result of a one-day public elementary teachers’ day of protest on Jan. 11, 2013.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) revs up 2013 with an irresistible Canadian-inspired 1st Thursday party on Jan. 3, 2013. Event-goers will enjoy art-making experiences, live music, art talks and rare out-of-the-vault sights from the Gallery’s collection of Canadian art. Doors open to adults 19+ at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, and revellers are encouraged to buy tickets in advance as they consistently sell out each month.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers Torontonians an opportunity to unleash their creativity and learn new skills at one of North America’s leading art galleries. Registration for a brand new slate of winter education activities is now open at www.ago.net/learning, and classes begin on Jan. 12, 2013, in the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre.
1st Thursdays returns to the Art Gallery of Ontario on Dec. 6, 2012, with a night of art, music and drinks inspired by the AGO’s hot fall exhibition, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting. Doors open to adults 19+ at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for this interactive late night fiesta, and party-goers are encouraged to buy tickets in advance as they regularly sell out.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is the ideal place to find unique gifts this holiday season. Featuring interesting designer products from around the world, shopAGO and shopAGOkids make it easy to buy for everyone on your list with special promotions, extended store hours and a 16-page full-colour gift guide.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan, an Aimia company, are pleased to announce that the public has chosen British photographer Jo Longhurst as the winner of The Grange Prize 2012.
The AGO Continues 1st Thursdays with Art, Drinks, Music and the Announcement of The Grange Prize 2012 Winner
The second installment of 1st Thursdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will build on the excitement of the program’s sold out October launch, as the AGO and Aeroplan, an Aimia company, announce the winner of the $50,000 Grange Prize 2012 for contemporary photography live in Walker Court on Nov. 1, 2012.
AGO’s New Artist-In-Residence Mark Titchner Takes It to the Streets in Collaboration with StreetARToronto
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.
Bringing together an impressive roster of artists, live music and interactive art projects, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites you to experience your art gallery in a brand new way at 1st Thursdays. Designed to engage and entertain, these interactive art nights out will feature a variety of performances, pop-up bars, art-making activities, artist and curator tours, talks and live events.
After two years of careful research and conservation efforts, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has restored Jean-Siméon Chardin’s 1758 masterpiece, Jar of Apricots, to its former glory. This major undertaking commenced in 2010 with support from the BNP Paribas Foundation.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan, an Aimia company, announce the four finalists for The Grange Prize 2012, the only major Canadian art prize whose winner is chosen by public vote. Two artists from Canada and two from the United Kingdom have been shortlisted to compete for the $50,000 prize. Online voting begins today at www.thegrangeprize.com and is open until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2012.
This winter the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will offer a glimpse into the world of legendary musician and artist Patti Smith through an intimate exhibition featuring over 75 works of photography, objects and film, on view from Feb. 9 to May 19, 2013.
Time is running out to see the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) hot summer exhibition, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris before it concludes its only Canadian appearance on Aug. 26, 2012.
Art Gallery of Ontario Brings Evan Penny’s Hyper-Realistic Sculptures Home in Evan Penny: Re Figured
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) welcomes internationally renowned Toronto-based sculptor Evan Penny home with a large solo exhibition opening Sept. 20, 2012. Evan Penny: Re Figured will feature over 25 of Penny’s larger-than-life sculptures, each painstakingly crafted from layers of pigmented silicone, human hair, fabric and resin. Blending abstraction and figuration, Penny’s hyper-realistic sculptures straddle the line between object and image, presenting the human form both as it is and as it can be when imagined through the distorting lens of photography and digital media.
With only three and a half weeks remaining, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s hot summer exhibition, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is keeping its doors open this holiday Monday to allow more visitors to see the exhibition’s treasures before they disappear on Aug. 26.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) introduces AGO Express Yourself, a free new app designed to help visitors and the public creatively explore various artistic movements and media. In a few easy steps, users can see themselves transformed into a masterpiece. This engaging app is available for Apple iOS and Android devices, as well as online.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has appointed Kitty Scott as its new curator of modern and contemporary art. Scott assumes the curatorial role on Sept. 17, 2012 and will be tasked with expanding the profile of the Gallery’s modern and contemporary art collections for local and international audiences, while planning and organizing major exhibitions.
Picasso: Masterpieces from Musée National, Paris, the hit exhibition that made the only Canadian stop on its world tour at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), drew 308,582 visitors during its 17-week run, ranking as the fourth highest-attended exhibition in the AGO’s history.
AGO Partners with the J. Paul Getty Museum to Present Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art in March 2013
The splendour and devotion of the Early Renaissance come to life at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next spring with a large-scale exhibition of Florentine masterpieces, presented in partnership with the world renowned J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce a partnership with Blyth Academy that will offer a unique summer school experience to students from across the GTA. Summer School in the City, administrated through Blyth Academy, will provide enriched, accredited secondary school art courses at the AGO and other leading cultural institutions.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is proud to announce the official opening of shopAGOkids, a brand new on-site retail space dedicated to offering art-inspired and design-conscious toys and products for children.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is delighted to announce Hiraki Sawa as its next artist-in-residence. The London, U.K.–based, internationally recognized contemporary artist will be based in the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre through the end of June 2012. The Gallery’s Artist-in-Residence Program, the first of its kind at a major Canadian art museum, hosts as many as six artists each year for eight-week terms.
Artist Aimée Henny Brown, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), OCAD University and VIA Rail, presents Overland Station: par voie de terre. This site-specific and interactive performance will stop at the AGO on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a free public performance, celebrating the mid-point of Brown's eight-day trip across Western Canada.
After 10 years of collecting family photo albums from around the world, Canadian artist Max Dean is determined to pass them all onto new owners through a new public project developed by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), in partnership with the 2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
Launching on Saturday, April 14, the newly expanded and relocated David Milne Centre invites visitors to engage with the work of one of Canada’s most celebrated artists through a uniquely personal lens. Combining art with archives, and implementing interactive research tools, the Centre is an innovative first for the AGO.
Incense and memory will pervade the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this summer with the opening of Zhang Huan: Ash Paintings and Memory Doors, featuring recent works by acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Huan. The exhibition, running from May 5 to Aug. 19, 2012, represents one piece of a city-wide celebration of the artist. It is his first solo exhibition in Toronto in over a decade.
A new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) recognizes the extraordinary generosity of one the Gallery’s great patrons. A Tribute to Ayala Zacks (1912–2011) opens April 4, 2012 in the Frank P. Wood Gallery and includes significant works by celebrated artists including Marc Chagall, Giorgio de Chirico, Edgar Degas, Sonia Delaunay, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.
See the world through the eyes of a genius! Tickets go on sale this weekend for the Art Gallery of Ontario’s highly anticipated Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris nearly 50 years after the AGO’s last blockbuster presentation of Picasso’s works.
The upcoming exhibition IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958–2011, invites visitors to become collaborators by engaging with the artist and his work. Special events that highlight the interactive nature of the artist’s brand will complement and activate the exhibition, which is on view from March 3 to Aug. 12, 2012.
The exhibition that brought the magic, whimsy and wonder of Marc Chagall and other visionaries of Russian modernism to the Art Gallery of Ontario drew 152,637 visitors during its 13-week run, ranking as the eighth best-attended exhibition in the AGO’s history.
Hundreds of Toronto District School Board (TDSB) students and educators will be able to visit the Weston Family Learning Centre at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) each year for hands-on experience of art thanks to a new five-year partnership between the TDSB and the AGO.
In 2012, the Art Gallery of Ontario will present a major survey of masterworks by the most inventive and influential artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso. The exhibition will be on view at the AGO for just 17 weeks, from May 1 through August 26, 2012.