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October 24, 2014 – October 27, 2014

October 24 – October 27, 2014. Over 100 international art galleries! Thousands of artworks; from modern masters to contemporary art, painting to sculpture, photography to video. On-site art installations; diverse programming including speaker series, panel discussions and public tours.

For more details: www.arttoronto.ca

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building Hall A, B & C – 255 Front Street West

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Start: October 24, 2014
End: October 27, 2014
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Location: Art Toronto

September 17, 2014 – December 7, 2014

Dispatch: War Photographs in Print — 1854 – 2008

By comparing original prints with their reproductions in magazines, and in exhibiting other modes through which visual news is disseminated, DISPATCH reveals that taking a shot is only one step in the process of illustrating a war. Picture editors and art directors have always selected, trimmed, ordered and sequenced war photographs to suit their particular needs. This exhibition views these photographs not as windows open to the world, but as representations that are the product of changing editorial figures, aesthetic priorities and historical contexts. From Roger Fenton’s collodion plate photographs taken during the Crimean War (1853–1856) to Luc Delahaye’s images of the recent conflicts in Afghanistan (2001–present), the photographic representation of war has evolved dramatically in the Western press over the past 150 years.

Please visit our website: www.ryerson.ca/ric

Ryerson Image Centre — 33 Gould Street

 
Start: September 17, 2014
End: December 7, 2014
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September 17, 2014 – December 7, 2014

Harun Farocki: Serious Games I–IV (2009–10)

Harun Farocki: Serious Games I–IV (2009–10) explores the use of virtual reality and gaming technology in U.S. military recruitment, training and after-action therapy, revealing fundamental links between technology and violence in a time of war. Young recruits engage in simulated combat training, which barely differs from video games produced as entertainment. Footage is included from a workshop demonstrating the use of computer re-enactments in the psychological care of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. As a large-scale installation, Serious Games focuses on the role of audiovisual culture in the spectacle of war.

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Ryerson Image Centre — 33 Gould Street

 
Start: September 17, 2014
End: December 7, 2014
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September 17, 2014 – December 19, 2014

Drone Wedding

In their ongoing investigation of the everyday impact of warfare, Toronto artist collective Public Studio (Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky) uses drone technology to provoke conversations about surveillance and conflict. Mechanized apparatuses visually record millions of images every day, documenting people’s lives, often without their awareness or permission. While surveillance has existed for some time, improved technology has led to greater consequences: targeted killing, collateral damage and the death of privacy. A catastrophic sequence of events often begins with a single image.

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Ryerson Image Centre — 33 Gould Street

 
Start: September 17, 2014
End: December 19, 2014
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December 7, 2013 – December 31, 2014

The AstraZeneca Human Edge

A new exhibition hall that explores all the wonders and possibilities of the human body.

Over 55 exhibits covering five dynamic themes: In the Beginning; Mind and Body Limits; Personal Limits; Pushing Past the Limits; and
Outer Limits.

Plunge into the mind of a free-diver to explore the respiratory system, tackle a climbing wall to see if your brain could take you to the summit and test your own personal limits as you run, row and dance your way through The AstraZeneca Human Edge. Discover stories of athletes, adventure seekers, extreme sports enthusiasts and others who have broken through barriers of what was once thought humanly possible.

The AstraZeneca Human Edge is a brand new exhibition hall created by the Ontario Science Centre. We collaborated extensively with leading experts from a wide range of fields, including neuroscience, physiology, bio-mechanics and sports medicine to develop over 55 active and immersive experiences where visitors can learn about their own amazing bodies.

For more details: www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/human/

Location: Ontario Science Centre — 770 Don Mills Road

 
Start: December 7, 2013
End: December 31, 2014
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Location: Ontario Science Centre

August 23, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Alex Colville

More than 100 works by Canadian icon Alex Colville (1920-2013) will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario starting in summer 2014, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date. Curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art, the exhibition will honour Colville’s legacy and explore the continuing impact of his work from the perspectives of several prominent popular culture figures from film, literature and music.

Known for painting decidedly personal subject matter, Colville’s painstakingly precise images depict an elusive tension, capturing moments perpetually on the edge of change and the unknown, often imbued with a deep sense of danger. Featuring works assembled from museums and private collections nationwide, many of which have never been shown publicly, the exhibition spans Colville’s entire career, including iconic paintings such as Horse and Train, 1953; To Prince Edward Island, 1965; Woman in Bathtub, 1973; and Target Pistol and Man, 1980.

Born in Toronto in 1920, Colville was a painter, printmaker and veteran who drew his inspiration from the world around him, transforming the seemingly mundane figures and events of everyday life into archetypes of the modern condition. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1982 and won a Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award in 2003.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Website: www.ago.net/alex-colville

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: August 23, 2014
End: January 4, 2015
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October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Michelangelo: Quest for Genius

Revealed through a selection of rare drawings, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius tells the story of Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. 1475) and the frustrations of his creative process. The exhibition centres on a loan of 28 drawings from the Casa Buonarotti, Florence, whose collection is formed from Michelangelo’s own.

These drawings represent the range of Michelangelo’s work, revealing the private world of the artist – his ideas, emotions and struggles to create and highlighting his unrivalled achievements as a painter, sculptor and architect. Dating from before and after the completion of the Sistine Chapel, the works on display include preliminary drawings — both architectural and figural sketches — as well as highly finished presentation drawings.

Organized thematically, the exhibition takes a critical look at the notion of the genius at work, locating the creative search at the axis of ambition, exploration, frustration, defiance and unrealized dreams. Developed by Lloyd DeWitt, curator of European Art at the AGO, and David Wistow, interpretive planner, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius will feature computer animations that bring to life some of Michelangelo’s most ambitious and ultimately unfinished designs.

The exhibition also examines the significant influence that Michelangelo had four centuries later on the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (b. 1840). Ten sculptures from the AGO’s collection will be on display, including representative works from the Burghers of Calais (1884–1917) and his final commission, the work for which he suffered the most criticism, Balzac (1898).

Michelangelo: Quest for Genius is a ticketed exhibition. Bookings open to AGO members as of September 15 and public tickets go on sale September 26, 2014.

Organized by the Associazione Metamorfosi in collaboration with the Casa Buonarroti and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: October 18, 2014
End: January 11, 2015
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February 7, 2015 – May 10, 2015

Basquiat

First large-scale Basquiat exhibition in Canada features more than 100 works examining the pioneering artist’s radical visual language.

Famous by age 20 for his groundbreaking drawings and paintings, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) took the cultural hotbed of the New York art world by storm in the early 1980s. Basquiat gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, politics and social hypocrisy. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at age 27, his works remain hugely influential. Opening Feb. 7, 2015, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Basquiat marks the first-ever major retrospective of the artist’s work in Canada and will feature more than 100 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America.

Described by the artist himself as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual,” Basquiat’s vivid and poignant works were always highly conceptual in their exploration of race, class and fame using the motifs of New York street culture. Though Basquiat was not a street artist, his work was intrinsically linked to the urban environment, beginning in conceptual graffiti, referencing street art in his paintings and using salvaged materials such as abandoned doors and packing crates as canvases.

In 1976, Basquiat and his friend Al Diaz began spraypainting the walls of lower Manhattan under the pseudonym SAMO©, alluding to the saying “same old shit.” Their work cleverly used and manipulated text to provoke those who walked by. Eventually Basquiat’s renown grew, as he started a noise rock band, appeared in Edo Bertoglio’s indie film Downtown 81 and struck up a friendship with Andy Warhol. In 1982 — when he was 21 — Basquiat’s first solo show sold out. Experiencing sudden popularity, he found himself sharing ideas with David Bowie, briefly dating Madonna, appearing in music videos and gracing the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Now, more than 25 years after his death, his influence remains. His work is collected by celebrities and institutions alike, and he has been referenced in the lyrics of many contemporary rap artists including Jay-Z, Macklemore and Kanye West.

“Jean-Michel Basquiat was nothing less than a game-changer for the art world,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, the AGO’s director and CEO. “His extraordinary talent helped establish compelling new forms of expressionist painting while confronting the most important and incendiary social issues of 20th-century North America. This exhibition offers a tremendous opportunity for AGO visitors to contemplate art as a tool of social provocation and to see how Basquiat’s approach and subject matter still reverberate in our world today.”

For more details: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: February 7, 2015
End: May 10, 2015
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June 14, 2014 – June 1, 2015

Manasie Akpaliapik

Manasie Akpaliapik was born in 1955 in a hunting camp near Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), Nunavut, on north Baffin Island. He spent his youth in Arctic Bay, relocated to Montreal, then settled in Toronto where he created all of these carvings. Now based in Ottawa and Montreal, Manasie is known for his animated and ambitious sculptures that sympathetically utilize the unique material and structure of bone, ivory and stone. Deeply connected to the culture and traditions of the Arctic, his works reflect a concern for the vulnerability of his homeland. They offer unflinching depictions of social ills that have impacted northern communities and reflect the belief that humans must live in balance with and respect all living things.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition is included with general admission.

Website: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: June 14, 2014
End: June 1, 2015
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