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Caitlin Coull

Art night long

It’s that time of year again! For one night only you can be an art-goer from dusk to dawn with Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017, experiencing installations and performances by some of Toronto’s most inspired artists – and all for free. In an age of technology, can we still depend on the human voice alone for […]

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Thank you, Rita Letendre

With her large canvases bursting with colour, Rita Letendre: Fire & Light has inspired many of our visitors – and after spending only a few minutes inside the exhibition, it’s easy to see why. Her work seeks to express the full energy of life, which explodes out of this career survey of the inimitable artist. […]

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The unsung heroes of the AGO

Anyone who has been to the AGO since we began Look:Forward, a major reinstallation of the AGO Collection (meant to showcase more of the AGO’s works, including some that have not been shown since the Gallery acquired them) have noticed the busy hands working in cordoned-off areas. Those are the members of the AGO’s installation […]

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The beating heart of Toronto

Toronto is no slouch when it comes to arts and culture, but it’s always good to get the word out! That’s why we joined our friends from the Canadian Opera Company, Harbourfront Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, Soulpepper Theatre Company, the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto International Film Festival and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to […]

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Spotlight on the darkroom

A new student exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre highlights recent AGO photography acquisitions. In 1972, American-Canadian photographer Pamela Harris visited ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ (Taloyoak), Nunavut—then called Spence Bay, Northwest Territories—and noticed that while the people of Taloyoak took photographs, they had to send the negatives away to be developed. As Harris noted, “they should also have […]

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Smells like teen spirit

The AGO Youth Council is one of our most important advisory groups. For over 10 years the council has initiated all sorts of programming by youth for youth, including exhibitions, public art projects, large-scale events, field trips and much more. We sat down with two of its newest members, Roy (17) and Zoe (16), to […]

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Need a literary escape?

Fireside or subway ride, curling up with a good book is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Looking for a new adventure?  shopAGO has you covered. Carrying Toronto’s best selection of art books, catalogues and Taschen publications, shopAGO’s got it all – and also carries AGO publications at a discount. Here are a few of our […]

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Small wonders, big headset

Since launching in early November, our Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures exhibition has astounded and amazed visitors with its tiny, mesmerizing carvings from the late Renaissance. Blending cutting-edge technology with groundbreaking art historical research, the exhibition has been praised by The New York Times and CNN for its insights. Not too shabby! Now, in partnership […]

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Great cause, good eats

For the second year in a row, our culinary team led by AGO Executive Chef Renée Bellefeuille recently participated in Bloor Street Entertains (BSE), an unparalleled night of dining and entertainment, all in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. Held annually on November 30—the eve of World AIDS Day—BSE brings together city’s finest […]

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Impress your date without breaking the bank

Free admission on Wednesday night is a longstanding tradition at the AGO. Each week from 6 to 9 pm, you can see our collection galleries for free – no ticket required! The initiative has been a popular staple of Toronto cultural life for decades. But did you know that a few blocks away from the […]

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UK critics and crowds are wild for Georgia O’Keeffe

The countdown is on: this acclaimed exhibition arrives at the AGO next spring. When Georgia O’Keeffe opened at the Tate Modern in London last July, it was the first major retrospective of her work seen in the UK in over a generation. The announcement of its arrival ran in newspapers across Britain and the US. […]

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Meet Toronto artist June Clark

Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 brings together works by over 65 artists and collectives to highlight an exciting period in Toronto’s art history. One of the artists featured is June Clark, whose work is being shown at the AGO for the first time. Created in 1989, Clark’s Formative Triptych “feels fresh, urgent and, sadly, timely, […]

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Little things for little people at Family Sundays

Now that we are deeply into fall and edging closer to winter, it’s time to move activities indoors – and what better place to escape the chill than the AGO? Every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. in November, December and January we’ll be playing and creating all over the Gallery! In November, inspired by our latest […]

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Nine Canadian works join the AGO collection

For the 17th year in a row, the AGO hosted Art Toronto’s Opening Night Preview last Thursday. The evening, which supports acquisitions and AGO programs, raised over $500,000. This year the AGO purchased nine works by seven Canadian artists, including Nadia Belerique, Sara Cwynar, Jessica Eaton, Kara Hamilton, Zachari Logan, Annie Pootoogook and Janet Werner. […]

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The art starts here

Want to see an iconic work of Canadian art but only have five minutes? Looking for a way to impress your coworkers at this year’s holiday party with your knowledge of modern sculpture? Drop by the AGO’s front entrance. Just inside the doors is a new, permanent installation of Michael’s Snow’s fascinating Walking Woman sculptures […]

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Monet’s Garden: a mystical cocktail experience

FRANK restaurant’s well-known bartender, Stephen Gaessler, is responsible for creating the most unique art-inspired cocktails in the city, including one of our current best sellers: Monet’s Garden. Stephen mixes his love of mixology with his passion for extending the art experience into the AGO’s restaurant. For each major exhibition, he plans FRANK’s cocktail menu by […]

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November’s First Thursday gets magikal

Most of what we’ve heard about Toronto’s hip-hop and R&B scene has centered on someone who may or may not be dating Rihanna. Meanwhile, the experiential and genre-defying 88 Days Of Fortune collective has been building its own scene in the 6ix from the underground up since 2009. The AGO caught up with 88 Days of […]

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Solving the mystery of Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures

In the early 1500s, carvers in Northern Europe created exquisite boxwood prayer beads, rosaries and miniature altarpieces that have inspired and confounded people for generations.     Anyone who has looked at one of these beautiful objects wonders: how were these tiny masterpieces created? A team of experts decided to find out. The AGO’s Sasha Suda, Curator […]

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Taking art to the street with new youth project

Do you love finding art in unexpected places? Take a walk along Croft Lane just north of College Street and you can explore a new immersive art project created by local youth. StreetARToronto and the AGO collaborated on an initiative this summer which saw nine young people create murals in this vibrant Annex neighbourhood. To […]

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Mystical Landscapes gets the gala treatment

On October 15, the AGO presented a dazzling opening gala in celebration of our latest ground-breaking exhibition Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more. Guests got an exclusive sneak peek of the exhibition and experienced a custom menu, magical entertainment and unforgettable art all inspired by three key artists in the show Vincent van […]

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