Profile - Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario officially closed its doors on October 7, 2007 to install some 5,000 works in 110 galleries, marking the final phase of the Transformation construction project. Designed by renowned Toronto native Frank Gehry – the architectural genius behind the Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – the transformation includes a physical expansion of the Gallery by 97,000 square feet, the addition of more than 10,000 new works of art to the already vast collection and a 47 per cent increase in art viewing space.

AGO Members continue to benefit during the closure, enjoying discounts at a range of local cultural attractions and restaurants. Members continue to receive discounts on Gallery School classes, access to AGO Art Rental and Sales Gallery and discounts on items at the AGO online retail shop www.shop.ago.net. New members who join prior to reopening receive all member benefits available during the closure, plus one full year of membership privileges starting from the opening date.

Although the galleries are closed, the Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School continues to provide a full slate of classes for adults and children at its temporary location at 60 McCaul Street. Classes are taught by professional artists specializing in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media.

The AGO Art Rental and Sales Gallery continues to offer an extensive selection of works from such celebrated Canadian artists as Jean-Paul Riopelle, Michael Snow and Ed Burtynsky in its current location at 481 University Avenue. Artwork is available for sale to the public, or can be rented out by AGO members for as little as $20 per month.
Works from the AGO’s permanent collection can be explored online through an innovative web project called Collection X (www.collectionx.museum). This fully interactive website allows users to view works from the AGO collection, curate their own online exhibitions, as well as showcase their own work and connect with other users.
As well, the AGO website, www.ago.net, will provide live updates of ongoing construction on the building with two webcams, one facing north and the other south.

AGO general information:
Tel: 416-979-6648; www.ago.net; 1-877-225-4246

AGO Art Rental and Sales
www.ago.net or 416-977-4654

AGO Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School
www.ago.net or 416-979-6608

AGO Membership
www.ago.net or 416-979-6620

Collection X
www.collectionx.museum






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