Sunday, October 08, 2006

Art Gallery of Ontario

To the AGO via subway on Saturday afternoon. Like the ROM, the gallery is under construction and has limited exhibits but still charges full admission (a bit of a rip off I think).
First saw the :

"Andy Warhol - Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962–1964
July 8 to October 22, 2006
Guest-curated exclusively for the AGO by film director David Cronenberg, Andy Warhol / Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962-1964 focuses on one of the most influential periods in the artist's life. Combining both paintings and films, the exhibition features not only well-known serial images of Jackie Kennedy, Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor, but also disturbing disaster imagery that includes car crashes, criminals and electric chairs. The AGO is the only venue that combines Warhol's rarely seen underground films with his painted works."
Certainly gave you a lot to contemplate about how art is defined.
The cafe prices were too high for me ($6 soup), so we left the AGO to go across the street to the food court at The Grange.
Back to AGO to view more exhibits including "In Your Face". I would be a wonderful idea for a school project:

"Opening July 1 (last date for submissions Dec 1), In Your Face is an exhibition of portraits collected from the general public to celebrate the individuality and diversity of Canada. Submissions are now being accepted for the exhibition and the Gallery will be entering the completed project for consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest collection of portraits ever assembled.
One of the AGO's initiatives as part of Toronto's Live with Culture celebration this year, In Your Face will allow everyone to become a creative part of the Gallery's future. In addition to external submissions, visitors can experiment with portrait-making in the Gallery and take part in interactive artists' demonstrations. "
Go here for details.

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