If you’re looking to beat the heat, and take in a little culture while you’re at it, I have the perfect place for you. The Art Gallery of Ontario has two exciting exhibitions for the summer.
The first exhibit is Vija Celmins:To Fix the Image in Memory. Vija was born in 1938 in Riga Latvia. and has been a working artist for over five decades. Her practice involves a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, and detailed drawings. Throughout her 50 year career, she’s taken inspiration from the environment around her such as nature, or found images. The work in the exhibition is chronologically places from the 1960s to her present work. (more…)
There’s something so calming about visiting the AGO Mystical Landscapes exhibition. I chose to go on a Wednesday, because the AGO is open late (and it’s free!) on Wednesdays. Although Mystical Landscapes doesn’t have free admission on Wednesdays, the exhibit was still packed.
Despite that, there was something awe inspiring in being in the same room with these peaceful, and sometimes unsettling, masterpieces. The crowd fades away as you take in each work of art.
The years between 1880 and 1930 were marked by rampant materialism and rapid urbanization. Disillusioned with traditional religious institutions, many European, Scandinavian and North American artists searched for an unmediated spiritual path through mystical experiences. Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more breaks new art historical ground, exploring the mystical experiences of 37 artists from 14 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.
The AGO’s newest exhibition The Outsiders kicks off AGO’s year of photography and is a pre- Contact Festival treat. Curated by Jim Shedden and Sophie Hackett, the American photography exhibition has more than 500 photographs by 10 different photographers such as Gordon Parks, Diane Arbus, and Robert Frank; the artist who inspired many of these photographers with his book The Americans, which depicted the current state of American life. The images correspond with the life which surrounded the art ists at the time of the 1950’s-1980s. These periods of social and economic change is they wanted to document for their generation.
I was invited to the AGO one afternoon to check out a preview of the new Alex Colville exhibition. Alex Colville is one of the first internationally acclaimed Canadian Visual Artists. As a special treat, the AGO has a retrospective exhibition of some of the artist most re known bodies of work. His daughter Ann Kitz attended the press conference to discuss her father’s work. (more…)