ArtSlant - Current exhibits http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/show en-us 40 Ibrahim Abusitta, Jenna Allain, Michelle Kurancid, Ash Moniz, Christina Mazzulla, Rocio Soncini, Brian More, Raymond Salaber - 2 of 2 Gallery - November 8th, 2012 - March 23rd, 2013 Tue, 01 Jan 2013 13:36:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Art Gallery of Ontario - October 1st, 2011 - April 7th, 2013 <p>Joey and Toby Tanenbaum's dedication to the European Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario is palpable in each of the works that they have donated since 1985. Each betrays a love of richness and visual depth, an interest in the tension between pleasure and morality, and a dedication to the needs of their city public. The sensuous marble surface of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's bust of <em>Pope Gregory XV</em> (1621) proclaims Rome's papal authority, while the panel <em>The Expulsion of the Money-Changers</em> (1480-1500), attributed to the anonymous Master of the Kress Epiphany, teaches about the boundaries between the sacred and secular with a riot of figures and movement. Hendrick Andriessen's <em>Still Life (Vanitas)</em> (c. 1637) uses an array of fascinating objects, richly rendered, to warn its viewers of the impermanence of the senses and life. All the Tanenbaum gifts offer AGO visitors a window into the dynamic and exciting history of early modern Europe. Come explore this unique collection and share Joey and Toby Tanenbaum's passion for the richness and beauty of European art.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:24:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Art Gallery of Ontario - April 4th, 2012 - February 3rd <p>This special exhibition honours Ayala Zacks, one of the AGO's great patrons, who died last August. Together with her husband Sam, she gave over 300 works of European and Canadian modern art to the Gallery. The 1971 Zacks Gift transformed the AGO's holdings in modern art, and this tribute to Ayala introduces a new generation of museum goers to key works from that gift — including paintings by Picasso, Modigliani, de Chirico and Chagall, and sculpture by Moore, Hepworth, Chadwick, Matisse and Degas.</p> <p>The exhibition also celebrates the leadership role that Sam and Ayala Zacks played both at the AGO and within Toronto's artistic community.</p> <p><em>A Tribute to Ayala Zacks</em> juxtaposes Ayala's artistic taste with her extraordinary life, her wartime heroics, her role in the founding and building of Israel and her powerful personality. Included in the exhibition is a video of reminiscences by friends about her extraordinary life and her collecting.</p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:13:30 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Michael Snow - Art Gallery of Ontario - July 18th, 2012 - March 17th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Michael Snow is a Toronto born artist known internationally as a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, musician and author. This exhibition celebrates his achievement as the 2011 winner of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Snow has always been a sculptor. "A pure sculptor," he explains, "an artist who makes objects." He makes things to look through, look around, look along, look at, up, down and behind, to look at yourself looking at things. By making vision the subject of the object, the looking activates the object. Looking that sometimes require touch, sometimes invites sitting and sometimes necessitates caution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"All these works are Directors of Attention in the sense that their forms suggest the paths a spectator's eyes should take," he writes. In the most literal sense, Snow makes visual art: objects for you to see.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The sculptures in Objects of Vision are are abstract-form sculptures from three distinct yet essentially connected moments in the artist's career: the late 1950s, the late 1960s and 1982. The sculptures are instruments in the artist's orchestration of thinking about looking. While each work has a rich exhibition and publication history in varied contexts, they are presented here for the first time as one cohesive and focused investigation of sight and materiality.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:35:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Art Gallery of Ontario - July 19th, 2012 - April 6th, 2013 <h2 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Investigating Miniature Ivory and Boxwood Carvings</span></h2> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">This exhibition invites you to explore ongoing research into five works of art from the Thomson Collection European Art at the AGO. Although each one is more than 500 years old, much remains to be discovered about these rare medieval carvings. Prized for their exceptional skill, craftsmanship and artistry, these mysterious objects inspire a range of questions: Who made it? How was it carved? Who owned it? How was it used?</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Constantly seeking answers, AGO curators and conservators closely examine the works, comb through primary documents and travel internationally to scrutinize related objects and research materials. They also deploy scientific technologies, such as X-radiography (X-rays), micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) and radiocarbon dating. New and in-depth research findings lead to a deeper understanding of these works and, consequently, the history of human creativity.</span></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:23:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Art Gallery of Ontario - July 19th, 2012 - April 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition invites you to explore ongoing research into five works of art from the Thomson Collection European Art at the AGO. Although each one is more than 500 years old, much remains to be discovered about these rare medieval carvings. Prized for their exceptional skill, craftsmanship and artistry, these mysterious objects inspire a range of questions: Who made it? How was it carved? Who owned it? How was it used?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Constantly seeking answers, AGO curators and conservators closely examine the works, comb through primary documents and travel internationally to scrutinize related objects and research materials. They also deploy scientific technologies, such as X-radiography (X-rays), micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) and radiocarbon dating. New and in-depth research findings lead to a deeper understanding of these works and, consequently, the history of human creativity.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:24:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Art Gallery of Ontario - August 1st, 2012 - March 31st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Since the 1700s artists and the world they inhabit have been fair game for humorists. Gallery goers, art collectors, critics and curators – none have escaped the wicked pens and etching needles of clever cartoonists. Among the targets of ridicule are unruly, delusional painters, arrogant connoisseurs and art dealers, and elitist museums and arts organizations. By poking fun at art and artists these satirical prints and drawings encourage debate around issues of the relevance and accessibility of art. The exhibition features works acquired with the special Trier-Fodor fund and includes works by Rowlandson, Gillray and Daumier as well as more current cartoons by Canadian artists such as Edward Franklin and Duncan Macpherson.</span></p> <h4 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Gallery Visitor</span></h4> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Public museums were first established in the late 1700s and, in conjunction with the rapidly expanding audience for art, exhibitions proliferated in the 1800s. The London Royal Academy and the Paris Salon became venues where crowds of people gathered to see and be seen. By the 1900s, art gallery visitors, from couples and families to school groups and tourists, became popular subjects for cartoonists. This small installation includes works by Walter Trier and 19th century French artists.</span></p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:12:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Josef Sudek - Art Gallery of Ontario - October 3rd, 2012 - April 7th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Czech photographer Josef Sudek is regarded as one of the legendary photographers of the twentieth century with a career that stretched over sixty years. His increasingly contemplative photographs transformed ordinary subjects by uniting his external observations with deeply felt sensibilities, creating a unique world of his own.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">More than 175 photographs in this exhibition have been selected from Art Gallery of Ontario's collection, spanning Sudek's entire career. </span></p> <div class="sponsors sponsorsContent"> <div style="text-align: justify;" class="row"> <h4></h4> <ul> <li></li> </ul> </div> <div class="row"> <h4 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Generously supported by:</span></h4> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Volunteers of the Art Gallery of Ontario</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation Board</span></p> </div> </div> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 02:31:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Mark Titchner - Art Gallery of Ontario - November 3rd, 2012 - April 21st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">British artist Mark Titchner’s language-based wall paintings and banners demonstrate how text and bold statements can be used to inspire people, communicate to the masses and bring together communities. His work often confronts the viewer with a proposition for a type of modern-day revolution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As the AGO’s international artist-in-residence this fall, Mark Titchner has been involved with a number of initiatives in the Gallery and throughout the city. In connecting with people and communities around Toronto, he is providing a link to the <em>Toronto Now</em> exhibition series. Titchner has produced a number of art projects during his residency, including a poster project that was developed and executed in conjunction with youth from Oasis Skateboard Factory and the AGO Youth Council. He is also producing a large wall mural for the Drake Hotel.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>PLEASE BELIEVE THESE DAYS WILL PASS</em> presents a new language-based vinyl work. Installed on the windows facing Dundas Street, the mirrored vinyl surface reflects the streetscape, including passersby in the process. The slogan can be interpreted as a warning or as reassurance, prompting the viewer to take pause. Inside the gallery, Titchner introduces a new film work based on his observations of and interactions within Toronto. The installation mimics Morse code, producing a staccato snapshot of the city.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mark Titchner describes his work as “a dialogue about how you receive thoughts and ideas.” Drawing on place, dislocation and self-help mantras, the artist presents conflicting ideologies and outmoded ideas without mockery or cynicism, allowing viewers to form their own conclusions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mark Titchner was a Turner Prize nominee in 2006 and was showcased at the Venice Biennale in 2007. He has had solo exhibitions at the notable Peres Projects in Berlin, at BALTIC in Gateshead, England, and Vilma Gold in London, England.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">—Nancy Campbell, Associate Curator, AGO Special Projects</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The popular <em>Toronto Now</em> series, now in its third year, celebrates the work of local artists and invites the public to engage with some of the city's most exciting contemporary art projects, free of charge.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The <em>Toronto Now</em> series is generously supported by The Contemporary Circle</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:48:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Art Gallery of Ontario - December 1st, 2012 - July 6th <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition features modern masterworks from 1909 until 1971. It was a period of great change in the world: the rapid rise of the car, the Great Depression’s economic turmoil, the devastation of two world wars, the advance of television and computers, the civil rights movement. Living the seismic shifts that surrounded them, the artists in this exhibition experimented with unique ways of seeing and explored new ideas about the nature of materials and the nature of artmaking itself. Artists expressed their inner visions, investigated social issues and created new languages of visual expression, with each generation ambitiously building upon and challenging the art that had come before.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:55:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Stanley Spencer - Art Gallery of Ontario - December 15th, 2012 - September 15th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Drawing played an essential role in the art of British, figurative painter Stanley Spencer. From 1908 to 1912 he studied drawing almost exclusively at the prestigious Slade School of Art in London. Through his skill and proficiency as a draughtsman Spencer transformed his eccentric and visionary imaginings into reality.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The AGO has a collection of almost 200 works on paper by Stanley Spencer and is now a destination for those seeking an in-depth understanding of the artist. This focused installation features drawings gifted to the AGO from private collections in the past five years shown in context with drawings acquired since 1992.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:41:42 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Richard Hamilton - Art Gallery of Ontario - January 26th, 2013 - June 9th, 2013 <p>Richard Hamilton (1922–2011) was a leading proponent of Pop art in Britain. In the 1950s, he became fascinated with the impact of mass media and popular culture on contemporary life. Newspapers, magazines and advertisements became the source of his ironic images, and were the inspiration for his art-making techniques. Hamilton was a committed printmaker who embraced new technologies, often combining cut-paper collage with offset lithography, screen printing and photography. By the late 1960s, his most memorable images related to his interaction with celebrities such as the Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe and Francis Bacon. Hamilton died in 2011 after a long, colourful and influential career. The exhibition features six major prints dating from 1966 to 1972.</p> <p>The Art Gallery of Ontario is grateful to Ann and Harry Malcolmson for their generous donation of an important group of Hamilton's prints.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:21:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list RichardHamilton - Art Gallery of Ontario - January 26th, 2013 - October 31st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Richard Hamilton (1922&ndash;2011) was a leading proponent of Pop art in Britain. In the 1950s, he became fascinated with the impact of mass media and popular culture on contemporary life. Newspapers, magazines and advertisements became the source of his ironic images, and were the inspiration for his art-making techniques. Hamilton was a committed printmaker who embraced new technologies, often combining cut-paper collage with offset lithography, screen printing and photography. By the late 1960s, his most memorable images related to his interaction with celebrities such as the Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe and Francis Bacon. Hamilton died in 2011 after a long, colourful and influential career. The exhibition features six major prints dating from 1966 to 1972.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Art Gallery of Ontario is grateful to Ann and Harry Malcolmson for their generous donation of an important group of Hamilton's prints.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 08:55:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Patti Smith - Art Gallery of Ontario - February 9th, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">This winter the AGO offers a glimpse into the world of legendary musician and artist Patti Smith through an intimate exhibition featuring photographs, personal objects, and a short film. <em>Patti Smith: Camera Solo</em> provides a rare opportunity to experience a different side of this rock icon – best known for her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s – through her poetic expression in the visual arts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The first presentation of Smith's works in Canada, this exhibition highlights the continual connections between Smith's photography and her interest in poetry and literature. For more than four decades, she has documented sights and spaces infused with personal significance. Her visual work possesses the same unfiltered, emotional quality prevalent in her poetry and music lyrics: their allure lies in their often dreamlike imagery; their modest scale belies their depth and power.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Curated by Susan Talbott, director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, the exhibition features approximately 70 black and white photographs taken with Smith's vintage Polaroid camera, presented here as gelatin silver prints, alongside personal objects. The exhibition also features <em>Equation Daumal</em>, a film directed by Patti Smith and shot by Jem Cohen on 16mm and super 8 film.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">ABOUT PATTI SMITH</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">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 <em>Patti Smith Land 250</em> at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporaine, Paris, and <em>Written Portrait - Patti Smith</em> at Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. <em>Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith</em>, 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. <em>Just Kids</em>, 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 <em>Horses</em>, established Smith as one of most original and important musical artists of her generation and was followed by 10 releases, including <em>Radio Ethiopia; Easter; Dream of Life; Gone Again; Trampin'</em> and her latest, <em>Banga</em>. 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.</p> <p></p> <p>This exhibition was organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:52:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list Kim Adams - Art Gallery of Ontario - February 20th, 2013 - August 11th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in Edmonton in 1951, Kim Adams is considered one of Canada's leading contemporary sculptors. He has produced a highly original body of work in sculpture and installation and has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally since the late 1970s.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Using commonplace objects ranging from farm machinery and automobile parts to household objects, toys and model train parts, Adams creates sculptures in large and small scale that resemble fictional worlds and imaginary landscapes – a type of collage in three dimensions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For his Iskowitz Prize-winning exhibition at the AGO, Adams has made two new works. <em>Travels Through the Belly of the Whale</em>, Adams's larger sculpture in the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium on the main floor, relates to those he has made throughout his career utilizing found objects from the hardware store or from the industrial and agricultural world. Adams describes the genesis of this piece as “set in motion by the permission inherent in miniature worlds… Its depiction of place is pure, hyperbolic visual narrative, where our species' mobility perpetually expands and contracts, colonizes, converges, separates and departs.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Artist's Colony (Gardens)</em> is a more modestly-scaled sculpture in the Thomson Collection of Ship Models gallery on the concourse level. In this work, Adams portrays a scene replete with fragments of both urban and rural landscape, ranging from the forest to vineyards to the beach and containing markets, beer gardens, school buses, cemeteries, flower gardens, pumpkins and numerous other objects.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is populated with scores of people engaged in a dizzying variety of activities such as sunbathing, scuba diving, card playing, beer drinking, filmmaking, rescuing a drowning swimmer, watching a monster truck race and playing musical instruments. The whole work offers a spectrum of interrelated actions and scenes as parts of the chain of production and consumption --a kind of compressed space of multiple narratives.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Delighting in the unexpected, Adams's landscapes and scenes encompass both the absurd and the banal yet are imbued with humour and fine detail. Though a carnivalesque sensibility characterizes these works, he employs a careful, laborious approach to crafting his sculptures.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The extraordinary number of parts that make up the composition of these works are arresting in the way that his work succeeds in communicating complexity and abundance – or even overabundance. As Adams himself has commented, his works are meant to be inhabited conceptually and in the imagination, but also in a possible and impossible future.</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:29:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list - Art Gallery of Ontario - February 23rd, 2013 - April 25th, 2015 <blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>&ldquo;I think that the effect of the mammoth shows like the Vienna Treasures was to raise the level of consciousness of the Toronto public. These shows resulted in a definite surge of interest not only in the Old Masters and European art but also in contemporary art.&rdquo;</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&mdash;Dr. William S.A. Dale, former AGT Curator, reminiscing in 2012 about the Art Gallery of Toronto in the 1950s</p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the 1950s, the Art Gallery of Toronto (now Ontario) hosted two of the most important exhibitions in its history. <em>Art Treasures from the Vienna Collections</em> of 1951 put the AGT on the international map as the only Canadian venue for a loan exhibition from the Habsburg Collection. Just four years later, the AGT presented another selection of magnificent works &mdash; <em>Dutch Painting: The Golden Age</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Together, the exhibitions attracted record-breaking crowds. Such success led to the purchase of Tintoretto&rsquo;s enormous <em>Christ Washing His Disciples&rsquo;</em> Feet through an innovative, grassroots appeal. For just $10, a visitor could purchase one square inch of the painting. The Art Gallery of Toronto clearly found its place in the community and had come of age.</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:48:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/trn/Events/list