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Encyclopedia > Art Gallery of Ontario
The main entrance to the AGO
The main entrance to the AGO

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum on the eastern edge of Toronto's downtown Chinatown district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. With 486,000 ft² (45,000 m²) of physical space, the AGO is the tenth-largest art museum in North America. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 182 KB)Taken by SimonP in April 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 182 KB)Taken by SimonP in April 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... An art gallery or art museum is a space for the exhibition of art, usually visual art, and usually primarily paintings and sculpture. ... Motto: Diversity Our Strength Map of Ontario Counties, Toronto being red Area: 641 sq. ... The Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, has at least six Chinatowns -- three are located within the citys boundaries, while the other three are located in adjacent suburbs. ... Dundas Street showing the Dundas Street streetcar, with Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in background. ... World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere, bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west...


Its collection includes more than 38,000 works spanning the 11th century to the present-day. It includes an extensive collection of Canadian art, which depicts the development of Canada's heritage from pre-Confederation to the present. Indeed, works by Canadian artists make up more than half of the AGO's collection. The museum also has an impressive collection of European art, including works by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Vincent Van Gogh, and Edgar Degas. In addition to these, the AGO also has one of the most significant collections of African art in North America, as well as a contemporary art collection illustrating the evolution of modern artistic movements in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including works by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Jenny Holzer. Finally, the AGO is home to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, which houses the largest public collection of works by this British sculptor. Moore's bronze work, Two Large Forms (1966–1969) greets visitors at the museum's entrance. (10th century - 11th century - 12th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 11th century was that century which lasted from 1001 to 1100. ... Canadian Confederation, or the Confederation of Canada, was the process that ultimately brought together a union among the provinces, colonies and territories of British North America to form the Dominion of Canada, a Dominion of the British Empire, which today is the federal nation state called Canada. ... World map showing location of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ... Pablo Ruiz y Picasso showed artistic ability at an early age, and when he began to study art seriously in Barcelona and Madrid, he was already a skilled painter. ... Rodins The Burghers of Calais in Calais, France. ... Self-portrait (1886) Vincent Willem van Gogh (March 30, 1853–July 29, 1890) was a Dutch painter, generally considered one of the greatest painters in European art history. ... Edgar Degas (July 19, 1834 – September 27, 1917) was a French painter and sculptor. ... Africa is the worlds second-largest continent and 3rd most populous. ... Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American painter, film-maker, publisher, and a major figure in the pop art movement. ... Soft Bathtub (Model)—Ghost Version by Claes Oldenburg 1966, acryllic and pencil on foam-filled canvas with wood, cord, and plaster. ... Jenny Holzer (born July 29, 1950 in Gallipolis, Ohio) is an American conceptual artist. ... Reclining Figure (1951) is characteristic of Moores sculptures, with an abstract female figure intercut with voids. ...


In 2004, the AGO unveiled a $194 million (since risen to $207 million) redevelopment plan by architect Frank Gehry. The new addition would require demolition of the 1992 Barton Myers/KPMB Post-Modernist wing. Notable elements of the new building include a glass and wood sculpture gallery at the north end along Dundas Street; a 4-storey, box-like contemporary arts gallery and hosting centre clad in blue titanium facing Grange Park, as well as a new entrance aligned with the historic Walkers Court and The Grange. The Gehry Tower in Hanover The Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park Frank Owen Gehry (born Ephraim Goldberg on February 28, 1929) is an architect known for his sculptural approach to building design. ... Postmodernism (sometimes abbreviated pomo) is a term applied to a wide-ranging set of developments in critical theory, philosophy, architecture, art, literature, and culture, which are generally characterized as either emerging from, in reaction to, or superseding, modernism. ... General Name, Symbol, Number titanium, Ti, 22 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 4, 4, d Appearance silvery metallic Atomic mass 47. ... Grange Hall in Maine, circa 1910 The Grange movement in the United States involved the affiliation of local farmers into area granges to work for their political and economic advantages. ...


During the course of the redevelopment plans, board member and patron Joey Tanenbaum temporarily resigned his position due to concerns over donor recognition, design issues surrounding the new building as well as cost of the project. The rift has seen been healed and the project is proceeding apace, with $180 million raised. The building is slated to be completed by Spring 2008.


The AGO was founded in 1900 by a group of private citizens, as the Art Museum of Toronto. 1900 is a common year starting on Monday. ...


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Art gallery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (617 words)
Generally, the term art gallery is used to mean buildings or locations dedicated to displaying and/or selling art, though the large rooms in museums where art is displayed for the public are often referred to as galleries as well, with a room dedicated to Ancient Egyptian art often being called the Egyptian Gallery, for example.
The architectural form of the art gallery was established by Sir John Soane with his design for the Dulwich Picture Gallery in 1817.
Art galleries were built alongside museums and public libraries as part of the municipal drive for literacy and public education.
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