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Carly Maga

The biggest art fair of the year

Every October, the art world gathers at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for Canada’s leading international contemporary and modern art fair. Art Toronto, taking place from October 27–30, is a unique opportunity to meet artists, mingle with fellow art lovers and perhaps even discover an amazing work that you can’t live without. This year you […]

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Meet GDT’s biggest fans

What would you do for a chance to meet Guillermo del Toro? For about 400 fans in Toronto last week, an opportunity to meet the director face-to-face at the AGO’s 4 pm book signing meant hours spent in line in eager anticipation. We asked a few of these devoted fans who showed up to the […]

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Don’t take our word for it…

Visitors from around the world tell us in person how much they love the AGO. But if you really want the unvarnished truth, the best place to go is the internet, where people get very honest. Luckily, they’re positive there, too! We rounded up some of our favourite online reviews that really made us *blush*. […]

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Designing a home fit for a monster

When Katy Chey applied for the role of exhibition designer at the AGO, she knew she wanted to work on one exhibition in particular: Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters. And once you experience the show after it opens on September 30, you’ll understand why. This installation goes far beyond what we’re used to. Chey […]

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When serendipity knocks

A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into AGO exhibitions. Often organized many years in advance, full teams are involved in the planning, execution, maintenance (and the eventual packing up and shipping out) of a show. Despite our careful work, sometimes serendipity plays a hand. This the case with our current retrospective Rita Letendre: Fire & […]

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Painting in the park

This is a guest post by Judy Koke, Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief, Public Programming and Learning. Does the name Arthur Lismer ring a bell? Best known as an artist and a founder of the Group of Seven, Arthur Lismer has another important connection to the AGO – and Grange Park, the wonderful green space […]

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And the finalists are…

Big news! Four outstanding international artists have been shortlisted for the 10th annual Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, which will award $50,000 to a winner decided entirely by public vote. Without further ado, they are… Liz Johnson Artur (Ghana/Russia) Raymond Boisjoly (Haida Nation/Canada) Hank Willis Thomas (USA) Taisuke Koyama (Japan) Here’s how the finalists were […]

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Meet our newest curator

The AGO recently welcomed a new curator to its ranks: Caroline Shields, Assistant Curator of European Art. A specialist in 19th century European art, Caroline comes to the AGO after working in international curatorial roles at the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At the National Gallery, […]

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Art on the go – AGO staff edition

In Art on the go – part one we asked a few of our AGO colleagues to share their favourite visual art Instagram accounts to help you turn your phone into a pocket-sized museum. In fact, you can explore our virtual galleries anytime you want by following us at @agotoronto, grab a virtual bite at […]

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