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Tickets to AbEx On Sale April 30 at 10 am at the AGO

Gallery to throw public opening party to mark the exhibition’s arrival

(TORONTO – April 20, 2011) Tickets to Abstract Expressionist New York: Masterpieces from The Museum of Modern Art, which opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on May 28, will go on sale to the public on April 30 at 10 am. On view for just 14 weeks, this landmark exhibition — a Canadian exclusive — features more than 100 works by the legendary artists whose drips, splatters, and fields of incredible colour catapulted New York to the centre of the international art world in the 1950s and changed the course of art history forever. 

To celebrate the arrival of the exhibition, the AGO is throwing a public party the night before the opening. The AbEx Opening Party will feature live music and DJs in Walker Court, a cash bar, and advance access to the exhibition. The party starts at 9 pm on May 27 and continues to midnight. Tickets are $25 for the public and $20 for AGO members, and will also go on sale April 30.

Abstract Expressionist New York will be time-ticketed by the hour to ensure shorter wait times and greater convenience for visitors. Ticket prices range from $16.50 for youth and student visitors to $25 for adult admission. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Beginning April 30 at 10 am, tickets can be booked online at or by phone at 416-979-6655.

AGO members receive free admission to Abstract Expressionist New York, and are invited to attend exclusive previews of the exhibition on May 26 (10 am – 5:30 pm) and May 27 (10 am – 8:30 pm). Members do not have to pre-book tickets to the exhibition and can avoid the general line by presenting their membership card and exhibition ticket to enjoy access to an exclusive VIP line. AGO members also receive a 10% discount on merchandise purchased in the AbEx satellite shop, in addition to their discounts at shopAGO, caféAGO, and FRANK, the AGO’s signature restaurant.

In addition to the public opening party, the AGO will be hosting a dinner and preview of the exhibition on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 pm, with special guests Glenn Lowry, director of MoMA, and Ann Temkin, MoMA’s Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture. Tickets are $500 per person and $5000 for a table of ten. For more information on the dinner, a benefit for the AGO, contact Norah Farrell, AGO manager of individual giving, at

In anticipation of exhibition’s opening, the AGO will host a talk with author and photography scholar Luc Sante about American photographer Robert Frank on May 18. Frank’s exhilarating photographs feature prominently in the exhibition, and Sante will examine the tension between the tragic scenes and exuberant spirit depicted in Frank’s images. Robert Frank: Both Sides Now is generously supported by Penny Rubinoff.

In June, the AGO will host two talks that delve deeper into the artwork and ideas of the New York School, featuring leading international scholars and professionals discussing and debating the movement. On June 15, Matthew Teitelbaum, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO, will sit down with Glenn Lowry for an in-depth talk about the exhibition. On June 29, Norman L. Kleeblatt, chief curator of the Jewish Museum in New York, will give a talk entitled The Battle of the “Bergs”: Clement Greenberg, Harold Rosenberg and the Struggle for the Meaning of Abstract Expressionism, which considers Abstract Expressionism through the lens of two of the movement’s most vocal and vociferous critics. More information on these and other talks at the AGO can be found at

Abstract Expressionist New York: Masterpieces from The Museum of Modern Art is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. National Bank is a supporting sponsor of the exhibition.

With a permanent collection of more than 80,000 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, spiraling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic African art gallery; from the cutting-edge works in the contemporary tower 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 AGO acknowledges the generous support of its Signature Partners: BMO Financial Group, Signature Partner of the Canadian Collection Program; Amex, Signature Partner of the Contemporary Collection Program; and Aeroplan, Signature Partner of the Photography Collection Program.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and 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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