Saturday, May 7, 2016

Modern and Old at the AGO

April 2016 - Toronto ON

I never tire of this view of the back of the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario. My BFF and I went on a rather gloomy day in April and had a lovely "ladies who lunch" in the Members' Lounge.

The staircase from the inside.

Today I will show two exhibits that are not permanent to the AGO.

Now that's a Whopper!!!

Claes Oldenburg's Floor Burger (1962)
Floor Burger’s been in the AGO’s permanent collection since early 1967, having been purchased from New York’s Sidney Janis Gallery for $2,000 (U.S.). But it wasn’t until late 2012, after New York’s Museum of Modern Art asked to borrow the faux comestible for a double-barrelled Oldenburg retrospective in spring 2013 that the AGO decided it needed some sprucing up courtesy of in-house conservator Sherry Phillips.

Included among the exhibition’s five other works are two large Warhols from 1963, Elvis I and II and Silver Liz as Cleopatra(1963), plus the James Rosenquist triptych U-Haul-It, One Way Anywhere(1968).

Click here for another piece of art and a song!

Now for something completely different.

One of the greatest Danish artists of all time, Vilhelm Hammershøi is internationally renowned for his spare, sunlight-infused interiors. Rich in atmosphere and light, it was for these that he earned the title “de stille stuers maler” (the painter of tranquil rooms).

Life Thru the Lens | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography


  1. Vilhelm's work particularly appeals to me, as does that staircase!

  2. Thank you for the great art tour. The AGO has a great collection of contemporary art purchased at just the right time.


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