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June 18, 2014

Love is the Devil

The AGO presents a film screening of Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon by English filmmaker John Maybury, starring Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig and Tilda Swinton. The film concentrates on artist Francis Bacon’s tortured relationship with his lover, model, and muse, George Dyer, a small-time thief. The film draws heavily on Daniel Farson’s authorized biography of Bacon, The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon. Love is the Devil depicts a painful love affair based on dominance, submission, snobbery, and sadism, brought vividly to life by images reminiscent of Bacon’s paintings.

This film is presented in association with the exhibition Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty (running from April 5 to July 20).

Website: www.ago.net/love-is-the-devil

TICKETS: Public $12, Members $10, and Students $8.

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
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May 15, 2014 – June 29, 2014

In Six Characters in Search of a Photography

Featured exhibition in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

In Six Characters in Search of a Photography, Fausta Facciponte presents new work that blurs the line between the real
and the artifical. The artist creates diorama-like scenes composed of kitsch decorative objects; ceramic figurines, cocktail glasses
and garish landscape paintings are crammed into absurd but formally elegant compositions. Each work reflects on the social constructs
of the art world, and different roles such as artist, curator, and collector are represented by a central protagonist figure and are played
out in a fictional display. The images’ visual fullness, liveliness of color, and vaguely familiar objects arrest the viewer’s attention
and draw them into an extended act of looking, as an attempt to define the world of art becomes lost in the artwork itself.

Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive

Website: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

 
Start: May 15, 2014
End: June 29, 2014
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May 15, 2014 – June 29, 2014

Joy and Sorrow

Joy and Sorrow is a contemporary exploration of analog material. Freedman addresses inherent paradoxes found within photography
and explores their significance through a sculptural form, and Gilmour, in her elaborate multi-channel 16mm film installation, continues
her exploration of photography’s physicality, relating the fleeting nature of the material’s form to that of its content. Using considered
lighting scenarios, Freedman and Gilmour’s installations discuss themes of time and impermanence, creating an immersive environment for viewer
to engage with the works and consider the complexities of contemporary photography.

Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive

Website: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

 
Start: May 15, 2014
End: June 29, 2014
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July 4, 2014 – July 6, 2014

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

July 4 – July 6, 2014. At Canada’s largest juried outdoor art exhibition, hundreds of artists exhibit and sell their work. The exhibition attracts more than 100,000 attendees.

Website: www.torontooutdoorart.org

Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall) — 100 Queen Street West

 
Start: July 4, 2014
End: July 6, 2014
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April 5, 2014 – July 20, 2014

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty brings together two giants of 20th-century British art in a major exhibition of sculpture and paintings. Organized by the AGO in conjunction with the U.K.’s renowned Ashmolean Museum, this exhibit will feature over 60 works by the two highly influential artists as well as a number of photographs and archival materials dating from the Second World War. Contemporaries but not friends, Bacon and Moore shared an obsession with expressing themes of suffering, struggle, and survival in relation to the human body. They survived the Second World War and were subsequently haunted by the conflict, which they represented through manifestations of the body in various states of contortion. Drawing on their personal experiences from the London Blitz, this exhibit demonstrates how the two artists reflected differently upon psychological torment. This is the first Canadian exhibition of Bacon’s work and the presentation also includes rarely-seen Moore artworks.

April 5 to July 20, 2014.

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas St. W.

TICKETS: Tickets for Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty are $16.50 for students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors, and $25 for adults. Admission is FREE for AGO members and for children ages five and under. AGO members also have access to an exclusive advance preview of the exhibition from April 2 – 4, 2014 before it opens to the public. For more information on AGO memberships, visit www.ago.net/general-membership.

Tickets can be booked in person, by phone at 416-979-6655 or online by visiting www.ago.net/francis-bacon-and-henry-moore.

 
Start: April 5, 2014
End: July 20, 2014
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December 21, 2013 – August 1, 2014

The Kids’ Gallery — Just Like Me: Explore, Imagine, Create

On December 21, come visit the AGO for the opening of The Kids’ Gallery, a space created especially for children and you. Together you can experience art first-hand, learn and have fun.

In this first exhibition of paintings and sculptures, you’ll encounter children from faraway times and places. Some are outside and some are at home, spending time with their family, friends and pets. Has life really changed that much over the years?

Check out the works of art. Make a portrait. Explore the books. Relax and stay a while.

Exhibition-inspired costumes and props are available for visitors to design, dress up and pose for their own portraits. Families are encouraged to post their photographs on Instagram with the #AGOkidsgallery hashtag to see their portrait appear on a screen in the space. The Kids’ Gallery activity centre also includes art books and a drawing station for budding artists inspired by the exhibited works.

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: August 1, 2014
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May 14, 2014 – August 10, 2014

Scott McFarland: Shacks, Snow, Streets, Shrubs

Exhibition features more than 25 large-scale photographs of rural and urban landscapes by internationally acclaimed artist, including scenes of downtown Toronto.

Scott McFarland’s carefully constructed photographs captivate viewers with their subtle impossibilities. Running at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) from May 14 to Aug. 10, 2014, the exhibition Scott McFarland: Shacks, Snow, Streets, Shrubs brings together more than 40 works by the internationally acclaimed photographer.

Born in 1975 and educated at the University of British Columbia, McFarland now lives and works in Toronto. His works are held in the collections several renowned institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Renowned for his images of West Coast gardens and rustic cabins, McFarland has turned his lens towards Ontario since his relocation to the province in 2009. Scott McFarland: Shacks, Snow, Streets, Shrubs features a variety of familiar Ontario landscapes including the series Caledon, Sugar Shack and Concrete Cottage. Curated by Kitty Scott, the AGO’s curator of modern and contemporary art, the exhibition also includes numerous large-format street photographs, depicting New Orleans, Southampton and downtown Toronto.

For more information: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas St. West

 
Start: May 14, 2014
End: August 10, 2014
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October 12, 2013 – September 1, 2014

Chester Brown and Louis Riel

October 12, 2013 – September 2014.

Max and Madeleine Clarkson Studio and Georgia Ridley Salon.

For more than two decades, Chester Brown has been one of Canada’s leading cartoonists. His innovative and influential Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, which expanded the audience for Canadian cartooning, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. A selection of original drawings from the publication is now on view at the AGO. The works feature the Manitoba politician and Métis leader Louis David Riel fleeing from Fort Garry (now Winnipeg), and his subsequent hanging for treason. Brown’s work combines bold imagery, stark compositions and simple texts to convey a complex Canadian tragedy that remains, for many, controversial and unresolved.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: October 12, 2013
End: September 1, 2014
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March 8, 2014 – September 1, 2014

The Forbidden City

For over 500 years, the gates of the world’s largest imperial palace were closed to all but the emperor, his family and servants. This stunning new exhibition invites you to cross the threshold to see over 200 national treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum – some travelling outside China for the first time.

Compelling characters, engaging stories, and family adventure frame these extraordinary objects as you journey from the gates of the outer court, through the inner court and into the emperor’s private spaces, revealing the everyday lives of all those who paid a price to live inside.

For tickets: www.rom.on.ca/en/forbidden-city

Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

 
Start: March 8, 2014
End: September 1, 2014
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September 4, 2014 – September 14, 2014

Toronto International Film Festival

September 4 – September 14, 2014. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the world’s largest public film festival, screening more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city. Visit our new home at TIFF Bell Lightbox to get into the Festival spirit year-round.

Website: www.tiff.net

TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King St. West (and other venues)

 
Start: September 4, 2014
End: September 14, 2014
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