ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Krista Arnold - 2 of 2 Gallery - April 4th, 2013 - June 4th, 2013 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:56:05 +0000 Alex McLeod - Angell Gallery - April 27th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present OUTWORLD, a series of new digital landscapes by ALEX MCLEOD. The exhibition will be on display in the West Gallery from April 27, 2013 to June 1, 2013. <br /> <br /> An opening reception will be held on Saturday April 27, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, with an ARTIST TALK at 3PM.<br /> <br /> ALEX MCLEOD is internationally recognized for his large-scale images of fantastic worlds that appear at first glance to be photographs of actual dioramas, so palpable are the porcelain clouds, plastic fir trees and satin-covered mountains that populate these futuristic ghost towns. In fact, in McLeod’s hybrid process these forms are digitally modeled, then printed as digital C-prints. The result is a photographic vision of an imaginary place in which the patently artificial looks startlingly real. <br /> <br /> In Outworld, McLeod uses the video game's virtual unreality as a jumping off point for the creation of new territories at the extreme ends of colour. Like postcards from another dimension, these lustrous visions of rainbow-hued crystalline islands, shimmering artificial beaches and shadow villages tantalize with their offer of impossible worlds made manifest.<br /> <br /> ALEX MCLEOD has a BFA from OCAD University. His work has been in exhibitions across North America and Europe including solo shows at MASS Moca (Massachusetts), Galerie Trois Points (Montreal) and rojo®artspace (Barcelona), as well in Toronto at Angell Gallery and Narwhal Art Projects. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Canadian Art, Blackflash and Carte Blanche 2 – Painting. Collections include Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) and the BMO Financial Group.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:47:35 +0000 Mitchell Chan - Angell Gallery - April 27th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present MITCHELL F. CHAN: STUDIES IN MOVEMENT, ABSENTIA, a new series of kinetic sculptures. The exhibition will be on display in the East Gallery from April 27, 2013 to June 1, 2013. <br /> <br /> An opening reception will be held on Saturday April 27, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.<br /> <br /> Mitchell F. Chan is a new media artist who uses sophisticated electronics to explore notions of presence and absence, movement and stillness. In his latest series of kinetic sculptures, Chan continues his use of the motorized string as a point of departure. In Studies In Movement, Absentia, rapidly spinning coloured elastic strings appear as transparent helixes, volumetric yet intangible. Belying their actual nature by moving faster than the human eye can perceive, the spinning strings exists in a quantum state: a hyperkinetic one-dimensional line in no fixed location, producing an apparently static three-dimensional space. The result is a beautiful illusion.<br /> <br /> Mitchell F. Chan is a visual artist based in Toronto. He has a BA in Architectural Studies from Carleton University and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded the Trustee Scholarship. He has exhibited his work as part of Luminato and Nuit Blanche, and in galleries across North America, including at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Chan is the co-founder of the public art firm Studio F-Minus.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:51:22 +0000 - Art Gallery of Ontario - April 4th, 2012 - February 3rd, 2014 <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 - Art Gallery of Ontario - July 19th, 2012 - April 20th, 2014 <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 - Art Gallery of Ontario - December 1st, 2012 - July 6th, 2014 <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 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 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 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 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 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 - Art Gallery of Ontario - February 23rd, 2013 - April 25th <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 - Art Gallery of Ontario - March 16th, 2013 - June 16th, 2013 <p><em>Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art</em> is a timed-entry exhibition. Timed entry means less time waiting in line when you arrive at the Gallery. You'll have more space to relax and enjoy the artwork because we can manage the flow of visitors better.</p> <p>Please have the date and the time you would like to visit in mind before you buy your tickets. Tickets are sold in 60-minute time slots during regular gallery opening hours.</p> <p>Once you are in the exhibition you can spend as long as you like inside. We recommend allowing 60 to 90 minutes to get the full exhibition experience. Your ticket includes entry to the rest of the Gallery.</p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:00:36 +0000 Jon McCurley, Swintak & Don Miller, Amy Lam - Art Gallery of Ontario - March 27th, 2013 - May 15th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective is the first comprehensive exhibition of the entire career of Life of a Craphead. Featuring photo-documentation of previously unseen performance works, the show charts half a century of artistic output from the renegade performance art duo. On view in the Weston Family Community Gallery are Amy Lam and Jon McCurley&rsquo;s early works like &ldquo;Musical Road&rdquo; (2007), as well as ongoing projects like &ldquo;Drugs in Our Stuff&rdquo; (initiated 2032) and &ldquo;Life of a Craphead Bank&rdquo; (initiated 2046).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective also features work by Toronto-based artists Swintak &amp; Don Miller and CN Tower Liquidation. The exhibition will conclude with a closing performance by Life of a Craphead on Thursday May 2, 2013, at the 1st Thursday event.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;">About Life of a Craphead</h3> <p style="text-align: justify;">Amy Lam and Jon McCurley began working together in 2006 as a sketch comedy troupe after meeting at a zine fair. They continue to live and work in Toronto and can be seen hosting their monthly performance show Doored. The Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective was produced during their residency at the AGO in Winter 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information, please visit and</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The Life of a Craphead Retrospective was produced with the assistance of Bridget Moser, Matt Smith, Nikki Woolsey, Jonny Petersen, Sean Weaver, and the AGO Youth Council.</em></p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 13:29:30 +0000 Janet Cardiff, George Bures Miller - Art Gallery of Ontario - April 6th, 2013 - August 18th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The multimedia artworks of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller emphasize aural and visual experiences that transport the viewer to other realms of consciousness. Their work is highly scripted, meticulously detailed and often cinematic in scope, breaking down distinctions between fiction and everyday reality. Through various levels of engagement, the viewer becomes a participant, either witnessing a phenomenon or becoming immersed in a scenario and vitally activating it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Janet Cardiff began collaborating with fellow Canadian artist and partner George Bures Miller in 1995. When Cardiff and Miller represented Canada at the 49th Venice Biennale with <em>Paradise Institute</em> (2001), they won both La Biennale di Venezia Special Award and the Benesse Prize, which recognizes artists who “break new artistic ground with an experimental and pioneering spirit.” They are now among the foremost artists of their generation, and their work has been shown around the world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Lost in the Memory Palace</em>, a selected survey, takes as its focus Cardiff and Miller's work from the mid-1990s to today. Spanning a period from key early pieces such as <em>Dark Pool</em> (1995) and <em>The Muriel Lake Incident</em> (1999) to recent works including <em>Killing Machine</em> (2007) and Storm Room (2009), the exhibition will consist of a series of discrete immersive environments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">These installations, all of which have a strong architectural character, are imaginary spaces where time slows down and is altered, allowing fictional and historical narratives to blend and merge with the viewer's own experience and memory. As environments that viewers understand to be art yet with which they willingly engage both physically and psychically, Cardiff and Miller's works encourage shifts in consciousness and create uniquely compelling possible worlds.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Accompanying the exhibition will be a special presentation of Janet Cardiff's <em>The Forty Part Motet</em> (2001), the Millennium Prize–winning sound installation that has become a perennial favourite among museum goers worldwide.</p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:47:33 +0000 Rembrandt, Käthe Kollwitz, Edvard Munch, Greg Curnoe, Alex Colville - Art Gallery of Ontario - April 13th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013 <blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">The mirror, above all, the mirror is our teacher.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">- Leonardo da Vinci</p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since the invention of the glass mirror in the 1500s artists have been scrutinizing and recording their own reflections. In self-portraiture the artist is both maker and model, and the distinctions between observer and observed break down. Like an autobiography, which can range from the informative to the fabricated, a self-portrait provides clues that reveal the artist’s identity (or identities). Through pose, facial expression, setting, costume, and stylistic presentation the artist “signs” his or her work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The term “self-portrait” was coined in the 1800s, when self-expression and individuality became particularly valued. In self-portraiture the artist finds a convenient, inexpensive subject to explore a range of emotional, psychological and spiritual states or to create any number of witty fictional personas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The AGO has an extensive collection of self portraits that cross all media and date from the 1500s to the present day.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This selection introduces highlights of this collection with works by artists such as Rembrandt, Käthe Kollwitz, Edvard Munch, Greg Curnoe and Alex Colville.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:24:24 +0000