AGO Picasso Exhibition runs till August 26th
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is boasting a showing of Pablo Picasso’s work with Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris, which is scheduled for a seventeen-week exhibition from April 28th to August 26th 2012. The show, a traveling exhibit that will hit several international cities in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the U.S. will include some major works, as well as some more obscure ones, from important periods in the artist’s life. Along with his iconic painting, the traveling exhibit also includes other media like wood, bronze as well as repurposed material. The traveling exhibition comes at an opportune time for the Musee National Picasso, Paris, as the museum is undergoing extensive renovations and won’t open to the public until 2013; fans of the Spanish painter’s works then will be fortunate to have a chance to see his work while on the tour, which is touted as the only stop in Canada for the traveling collection. Along with the traveling work, the AGO’s permanent collection contains some of Picasso’s works, as well, which is part of the museum’s Modern Collection.
Post No Bills: a Winnipeg “pop up art gallery”
Post No Bills has been billed as a “pop up art gallery” and the place where it popped up this month was Winnipeg. In cooperation with Winnipeg’s Fringe Festival, the outdoor commercial gallery was set up, featuring 40 local contemporary artists showing artwork priced from $20 up to $4000. To encourage people to purchase the artwork, they will accept time payments, a type of layaway program, of $75 per month. Certainly, Canada has some thriving art scenes—Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Montreal included. However, there has been a continuing problem of a relatively weak market for contemporary art— and that is the reason for the collaboration and bringing the art to those people who don’t normally visit galleries and buy local artwork. Organizers say that future pop ups are likely.
Haute Culture celebrates General Idea
At Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), you will find the Haute Culture exhibition. The exhibit started on July 30th and will run until January 1, 2012. This exhibit will showcase the works of the artistic collaboration named General Idea that began in 1969 and lasted until the untimely deaths of two of the partners in 1994 from AIDS. The group consisted of AA Bronson, Jorge Zontal, and Felix Partz; only Bronson survives, and the disease has played an important role in their works.
Oddly, General Idea has gained an enormous following in France, even more so than in Canada. This international fame has increased immensely following the career-long Haute Culture retrospective at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM), which came about due to the curator, Frédéric Bonnet, who took an interest in the artists years ago and in fact wrote his university thesis about them. The massive popularity of the exhibit in France, especially among those under the age of 35, did not go unnoticed by AGO. This exhibition includes some of General Idea’s most popular works and also some pieces that haven’t been seen in over 25 years.
For art enthusiasts in Toronto and those around the world planning a fall visit, October will be an important month because of Art Toronto – one of the most important art fairs in North America. Not only is this a great opportunity for art collectors, but galleries and artists could benefit from the exposure that the fair brings. Galleries from all over the world participate in the fair. Art Toronto will also have concurrent programs, including talks and tours that will give audiences further opportunities to enjoy the work on display. AGO is an important beneficiary of this show as the opening night event, on October 27th, 2011 will be a fundraising benefit – the opening night event will be a great chance for artists, buyers and collectors to meet and preview the art before the general public – and this is especially good for serious collectors who will want first dibs on certain works. The event raises money for AGO to maintain its current collection, but the museum also purchases art for its collection from the show. According to its press release, the opening night event from 2010 raised over a quarter million dollars. For the general public, Art Toronto starts on October 28th, 2011 and runs until the 31st.