The AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) as a building is a landmark, designed by architect Frank Gehry. With its sculptural spiral staircase and The Galleria Italia as the front room that is pretty much floor to ceiling windows makes a great place to ponder. Also the back of the AGO has amazing views of the city especially at night. Unfortunately, the building’s funky post modern style means that it’s a pain to navigate as you go around in circles and end up at dead ends.
The art itself is top notch. You’ll see everything from the Group of Seven, to Picasso and even Andy Warhol’s silkscreen of Silver Liz as Cleopatra. As well more modern art like the artist Do Ho Suh who spends his so much of time travelling that he recreates full size fabric portable replicas of his New York apartment…and we get to view his bathroom.
Another work is made from pony hair beads strung on synthetic hair capturing a scene from Orange County. My favourite is Claude Monet’s painted rocks near the French fishing village of Étretat. Why is this landscape such an unusual shape? Monet painted it on an armoire door supplied by his hotel manager as partial payment of the bill. Lucky manager.
It’ pretty price admission at $20 so the tip is go on Wednesday nights after 6pm and it’s free!
AGO, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4