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April 10, 2014

Category: Museums & Visual Arts

An “Exquisite Corpse”: Poetry and Chance in Surrealist Drawings

October 26, 2013 – April 13, 2014.

Esther and Arthur Gelber Treasury.

The focus of this installation is a rare cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse) drawing, a remarkable new AGO acquisition made collaboratively by several major Surrealist artists. The creation of cadavre exquis drawings began in the 1920s as a parlour game. One artist made marks on a piece of paper, covered that section, and then passed the paper to the next person. As the paper travelled around the room, multiple artists made additions. The Surrealists were astounded by the powerful results of this activity, which reinforced their belief in “automatism,” the idea that works of art could be produced as expressions of the subconscious, the irrational and dreams. Many artists incorporated automatist approaches into their artistic practices.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: October 26, 2013
End: April 13, 2014
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Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey

The City of Toronto’s Spadina Museum, in partnership with VisionTV/ZoomerMedia, proudly present the Canadian premiere of Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey, March 11 to April 13, 2014.

The exhibition features costumes and photographs from the series, Downton- themed tours and teas. The tour takes visitors through the museum’s family and servants’ spaces and links the characters and events from the TV show to real Toronto history.

Twenty authentic Downton Abbey costumes from Seasons 1 to 3 have been borrowed from Cosprop, Ltd., the London-based costume house that designs and creates the beautiful clothing worn by the cast of the television show. Nine of the costumes have accompanying hats, from Lady Sybil’s nurse’s scarf, to Lady Cora’s wide-brimmed picture hat, to Lady Mary’s cloche worn with her pregnancy suit. The costumes are all historically accurate, some made entirely of new textiles, and others using a mix of new and vintage fabrics.

Two ticket options are available: Exhibit and Tour; or Exhibit, Tea and Tour. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and is closed Mondays. Tickets for this exhibition are available for purchase online at www.spadinamuseum.streamintickets.com

For more information on the exhibition, visit www.toronto.ca/spadina ; Facebook.com/spadinamuseum or follow us on Twitter @spadinamuseum

Start: March 11, 2014
End: April 13, 2014
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Form, Colour, Line

Form, colour and line are three of the most basic elements of a work of art that can be perceived by the senses, but they also offer a rich ground for breaking boundaries and for artists to explore new ideas by departing from convention. Natasha Gouveia and Laura Marotta make bold statements about colour, most notably in their critique of it, and through their process showcase at once intellectual and playful approaches to the constraints of line and form. Where noted abstract painter Ellsworth Kelly envisioned his seminal monograph Line Form Colour as an “an alphabet of plastic pictorial elements,” Form, Colour, Line picks up this notion and carries it forward, into three dimensions and away from traditionally “masculine” forms of minimalism.

Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive

Website: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

 
Start: March 6, 2014
End: April 18, 2014
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TIFF Kids International Film Festival

April 8 – April 20, 2014. TIFF Kids offers a diverse slate of films from Canada and around the world — films that take children and parents out of the everyday, and use the power of film to foster thought and encourage discussion about the complex and challenging issues facing young people today, and have lots of fun doing it.

Whenever possible, screenings include an opportunity to engage in discussions with filmmakers and special guests to further explore the film’s ideas, themes, storytelling techniques and much more.

With TIFF Kids, you can be sure the time your family spends in the theatre will be more than just a day at the movies.

We look forward to seeing you and your children at next year’s Festival!

For more details: www.tiff.net/tiffkids/festival

Venue: TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King St. West

 
Start: April 8, 2014
End: April 20, 2014
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Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF Kids International Film Festival

April 8 – April 20, 2014. TIFF Kids offers a diverse slate of films from Canada and around the world — films that take children and parents out of the everyday, and use the power of film to foster thought and encourage discussion about the complex and challenging issues facing young people today, and have lots of fun doing it. Whenever possible, screenings include an opportunity to engage in discussions with filmmakers and special guests to further explore the film’s ideas, themes, storytelling techniques and much more. With TIFF Kids, you can be sure the time your family spends in the theatre will be more than just a day at the movies. We look forward to seeing you and your children at next year’s Festival!

Website: tiff.net/festivals/tiffkidsfestival

TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King St. West

 
Start: April 8, 2014
End: April 20, 2014
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Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt has become one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, celebrated for her work with familiar subject matter and domestic still lifes. The deceptively simple bliss of these scenes reveals a sophisticated approach to everyday life. Her works are skillfully executed and present nuances of tone, brushstroke, angle and choice of subject that leave viewers of Pratt’s images with a sense of wonder and occasional unease. These substantial artworks have multi-layered meanings for the artist, and for the viewers who encounter the range, subtlety and power of this remarkable painter. At once highly contemporary and deeply rooted in the traditions of art history, Pratt’s work reveals the breadth of emotion, skill and maturity that she brings to her practice.

The exhibition Mary Pratt is not a retrospective in the customary sense of the word. Concentrating on Pratt’s oils and mixed media paintings, the exhibition juxtaposes more than sixty works from different times in Pratt’s career. It mirrors the manner in which she approaches her subject—as an interwoven conversation of themes. Despite describing herself as “consistently inconsistent,” Pratt has enduring preoccupations. Her time is not dictated by clocks but rather numbered by daily rituals and the act of making ready. Pratt dwells on her surroundings, allowing a sideways autobiography through the objects and individuals that encompass her.

Touring nationally, the exhibition allows visitors across the country to view widely recognized as well as rarely seen works from the past five decades, gathered from private and public collections. It showcases Pratt’s “tougher” paintings (to use her own description of them) alongside allusive works, all embodying the intensity and compassion with which she views her world.

For more details: www.mcmichael.com/marypratt/

Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection — 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario

 
Start: January 18, 2014
End: April 27, 2014
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Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography

In 1977, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) purchased its first photograph: Arnold Newman’s collage portrait of Henry Moore, a fitting complement to the 1974 gift of Moore’s plasters to the gallery. This purchase marked the initial focus for collecting photography at the gallery: portraits of artists. The photography holdings have since grown to number more than 50,000 works. Though the collection now spans the wide reach and long history of the medium, portraits remain one of its strongest threads.

In Part II of Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography – a show that Toronto Star art critic Murray Whyte called “utterly beguiling” – discover a fresh selection of more than 120 portraits from the AGO’s permanent collection, along with select loans from local private collections. Organized under two new propositions, these works showcase the descriptive power of the medium but also its malleability.

“We are Not Ourselves” highlights the ways artists have manipulated photographic materials to create or reveal strange states of being. Through collage, long exposure, darkroom doubling and retouching, among other techniques, each of these photographs lead us from the realm of the familiar and recognizable to other more mysterious planes of existence.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: October 26, 2013
End: May 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

What’s So Funny? Recent Acquisitions of Humorous Art

December 21, 2013 – May 2014.

In 1976 the Trier-Fodor Foundation gave the Art Gallery of Ontario more than 1100 works by the humorist and illustrator Walter Trier. The gift was accompanied by an endowment to support the acquisition and exhibition of humorous, satirical and illustrative graphic art. More than 500 prints and drawings, representing highlights in the history of caricature, have been purchased with this fund. This installation features works that have been acquired in the past five years, which date from the late 1700s to the early 1800s.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: December 21, 2013
End: May 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

This Is Not A Toy: The Urban Vinyl Phenomenon

February 6 – May 18, 2014.

Location: DX Exhibit Hall, Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street

Curators: DX Associate Curator, Sara Nickleson; Guest Curators John Wee
Tom and music icon Pharrell Williams.

This Is Not A Toy takes its name from the disclaimer found on packaging for objects geared to adults
or which might be harmful to young children – they may be called toys, but they are not intended for
play. The title also references Rene Magritte’s Ceci N’est Pas Un Pipe, one of the seminal works of
art of the 20th century, which plays with the Duchampian notion of object, semantics and context in
determining a work’s meaning and significance. Each of these theoretical groundings establish the
exhibition’s framework: presenting the works as art and design objects and providing a platform for
conceptual discourse.

Lying at the intersection of fine art, marketing, pop culture, product and graphic design, designer
toys are highly collectible objects for a post-Pop world. Artists use the infrastructure of mass production
to create variation, personal expression and limited edition objects that range in price from just a
few dollars to many thousands more. With roots in late 1980s graffiti culture, urban vinyl is a subversive
art form that is as much rebellious as it is playful. These art toys reject and appropriate familiar
consumer imagery, manipulating household names and visual icons from Disney to Chanel thereby
shifting control from brand to artist, and ultimately, consumer. Some manipulate familiar visual tropes
while others create their own original forms, characters and worlds.

For more details: www.dx.org

 
Start: February 6, 2014
End: May 18, 2014
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Location: Design Exchange

Kenojuak Ashevak: In Memoriam

September 28, 2013 – June 2014.

Isadore and Rosalie Sharp gallery.

With the passing of senior Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak in 2013, the Canadian cultural landscape has been significantly diminished. Over a long and influential career, Kenojuak produced innovative work that inspired her peers as well as younger generations of artists. Her visionary imagery drew on personal experience and reflected deep connections to family, community and her surroundings. Kenojuak’s lyrical animal forms remain, for many, absolutely central to the Canadian story.

Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: September 28, 2013
End: June 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario