Monday, March 30, 2015

Exhibit: Getting Elevated in AGO's Tower!

Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower Exhibition Review

I've always wanted to visit 'The Tower' at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), it sounded so cool and romantic. A few weeks ago and then again on Saturday, I finally got the chance to go up to the tower, which was more cool than romantic.

Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower Exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, art, artmatters, culture, explore, TO, installations, David Altmejd, Simon Starling, exhibition, ontario, canada, the purple scarf, melanieps, PS, 1960, 1970, 1980, totem poles, brian jungen, golf bags
1960, 2007; 1970, 2007; 1980, 2007 by Brian Jungen
Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower is a long running exhibition that features art from the 1970's to today with an emphasis on recent AGO acquisitions.

Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower Exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, art, artmatters, culture, explore, TO, installations, David Altmejd, Simon Starling, exhibition, ontario, canada, the purple scarf, melanieps, PS, woman holding child, mathew Aqigaaq
Woman Holding Child- after, 2013 by Mathew Aqigaaq
Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower Exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, art, artmatters, culture, explore, TO, installations, David Altmejd, Simon Starling, exhibition, ontario, canada, the purple scarf, melanieps, PS

Elevated opened in January 2015 and will continue into the fall of this year. Over the duration on the exhibit, several works by different artists will be featured. Two artists were already gone from my first visit and were replaced when I visited the second time.

Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower Exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, art, artmatters, culture, explore, TO, installations, David Altmejd, Simon Starling, exhibition, ontario, canada, the purple scarf, melanieps, PS, Thais and That, Anthony Burnham
This and That by Anthony Burnham
Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower Exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, art, artmatters, culture, explore, TO, installations, David Altmejd, Simon Starling, exhibition, ontario, canada, the purple scarf, melanieps, PS, Infestation Piece, musseled moore, simon starling
Infestation Piece (Musseled Moore), 2006-2008 by Simon Starling
Two of the main attractions of Elevated for me were David Altmejd's The Index, on display for the first time since 2010, and the amazing story behind Infestation Piece (Musseled Moore) by Simon Starling. I'm not going to give too many details about Starling's piece, you will have to visit Elevated to find out more, but I have been a fan of Altmejd ever since I saw his massive installation The Holes (2008) at MOCCA last year.

Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower Exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, art, artmatters, culture, explore, TO, installations, David Altmejd, Simon Starling, exhibition, ontario, canada, the purple scarf, melanieps, PS, The Index
The Index, 2007 by David Altmejd
The Index, 2007 (Detail) by David Altmejd
 Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower Exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, art, artmatters, culture, explore, TO, installations, David Altmejd, Simon Starling, exhibition, ontario, canada, the purple scarf, melanieps, PS, the index
The Index, 2007 (Detail) by David Altmejd
Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower Exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, art, artmatters, culture, explore, TO, installations, David Altmejd, Simon Starling, exhibition, ontario, canada, the purple scarf, melanieps, PS, the index
The Index, 2007 (Detail) by David Altmejd
I highly recommend a trip to 'The Tower' on your next visit to the AGO. And while there, don't forget to check out Art as Therapy and the amazing Jean-Michel Basquait: Now's the Time exhibits! Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower is running until Fall 2015.
   
P.s!: This exhibit is included with General Admission, so it's free on Wednesday nights! And don't forget to visit again to see what new artists are being featured!

P.s,
Melanie!

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