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Art Gallery of Ontario goes big with plans for new Modern and contemporary wing

The 50,000 sq. ft showplace, dubbed AGO Global Contemporary, is set to launch in 2026-27

Giant David Hockney painting, unseen in nearly 30 years, steals the show at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario

The 24ft wide canvas is one of the treasures in ‘I Am Here’, a thematic exhibition of artists’ collections, lists and depictions of everyday scenes

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Turner Prize and Sobey Award winners and Judy Chicago highlight Toronto’s second biennial

Whereas the inaugural biennial focused on the city’s lakefront shoreline, this pandemic-delayed sophomore edition is organised along Toronto’s creeks and ravines

National Gallery of Canada launches an Indigenous ways and decolonisation department

The new department, which pursue greater inclusivity and representation of Indigenous perspectives and art, will be led by Michelle LaVallee and Steven Loft

Works by Emily Carr and Paul Kane are the big tickets at marquee Canadian auction

High demand for Canadiana, from a historic ceramic dessert set to Group of Seven paintings, drove Heffel’s major autumn sale in Toronto

‘A master of fire and light’: Quebec-born abstractionist Rita Letendre has died aged 93

The much-honoured artist created bold public works in Toronto and had a major retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2017

Inuit artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory wins Canada’s Sobey Art Award

The prize, Canada’s largest for contemporary art, represents a C$100,000 windfall for the winner

MoCA Toronto back with a bang with Greater Toronto Art 2021

The triennial exhibition features artists and collectives who work in the Greater Toronto area or have connections to the city

Picasso Blue Period blockbuster to finally open in Toronto early October

The show, delayed because of Covid, focuses on three works painted by the “insanely ambitious” artist during a low point in his early career

Rembrandt blockbuster draws 42,000 visitors to National Gallery of Canada

The response in Ottawa “shows people crave experiencing visual arts in person”, director Sasha Suda says

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Rembrandt loan show will finally launch in Ottawa as National Gallery of Canada reopens to the public

Ontario museums have been shut for months because of surge in Covid cases this April

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Works by women artists reach new heights in Canadian auction

Two canvases by Carr blew past their estimate to become among the highest auction prices paid for her work, while a painting by 92-year-old Rita Letendre set a record for the artist

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Shortlist announced for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s largest art prize

Although nominations were open to artists of all ages for the first time, the finalists are all around the same generation

Rembrandt’s work joins with art by Black and Indigenous artists at the National Gallery of Canada this spring

A major Old Master show will keep a contemporary perspective with new commissions and acquisitions

Toronto’s Contact Photography Festival expands its takeover of public spaces

Month-long event to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of installations across the city

Donald R. Sobey, one of Canada’s greatest cultural philanthropists, has died, aged 86

The son of the Sobey’s grocery chain founder was a huge supporter of artists, and helped establish the country’s main art prize

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Sobey Art Awards open to Canadian artists of all ages for the first time

The country’s biggest art prize gets bigger, expanding its pool of candidates and increasing its total cash offerings

National Gallery of Canada adds community and HR leaders to management team

Angela Cassie and Tania Lafrenière join the institution as part of its first strategic plan

Will a ‘Shakespearean tragedy’ find a happy ending in Canada?

After years of research, the only portrait of the playwright possibly painted during his lifetime still hangs in limbo—but perhaps not for long

Colville’s Dog and Bridge has its day at Heffel’s live sale in Toronto

But fewer than ten buyers physically attended the auction, with most bidding done over the phone and in the “digital salesroom”

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Art Gallery of Ontario reopens with other Canadian museums to follow this month

Institutions across the country are cautiously welcoming back visitors

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Citing Covid-19, Canada's Sobey Art Award increases prize to almost $500,000 and shares it among 25 longlisted artists

The Canadian "Turner Prize" made the one-off decision to reflect the "profound impact" that the pandemic is having on artists' livelihoods

Stan Douglas to represent Canada at 2021 Venice Biennale

The multimedia artist’s sci-fi epic Doppelgänger from the last international exhibition is due to be shown in New York and London this month

At $6.8m, Picasso hits the high mark at Toronto sale

Portrait of Dora Maar eclipses other auction offerings at Heffel

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Stephanie Comilang claims Canada’s Sobey Art Award

The Toronto- and Berlin-based artist expressed relief after winning C$100,000 contemporary art prize: "I don’t have to worry financially now"

‘Extraordinary’ Rubens show opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto

The blockbuster exhibition gathers early works by the Flemish master from museums in North America and Europe

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Canada’s largest art prize, the Sobey Art Award, heads west

An exhibition of the shortlisted artists is now on view at Edmonton’s Art Gallery of Alberta

The first Toronto Biennial takes a long view of human relations

Among the highlights of the city-wide exhibition is a “panoramic pantomime” of Cook’s Pacific expeditions by the New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana

Blue on Blue: Picasso blockbuster comes to Toronto in 2020

An exhibition focusing on the artist’s Blue Period came together after high-tech examinations of the work revealed hidden surprises