Irene Frolic Talk: Her career as a glass artist /sculptor Tuesday November 7th, 7pm at the studio. Please RSVP
Al Green Gallery AGO
Nicholas Crombach’s exhibition in Ottawa
September 12th, 2017
Al Green was an inspiring philanthropist, city builder and a longstanding friend and advocate of the AGO. A Trustee of the AGO Board of Directors for over 14 years, Al’s contributions to the Gallery were extraordinary, from his support of several major exhibitions to his leadership gifts to major initiatives such as Transformation AGO. An accomplished sculptor, collector and lover of art, Al integrated public sculpture into his many building projects throughout the city. He established the Al Green Sculpture Studio and School in Toronto, creating an open, accessible, not-for-profit space for artists to create sculpture. In 2002, Al was honoured with the Order of Canada for his devotion to community service.
It is fitting that through a recent donation from his daughter Lindy Green, through The Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation, we have named one of our newest gallery spaces in Al’s honour. The Al Green Gallery, which is located on Level 2 of the AGO, is adjacent to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre.
You might think this space has simply been renamed. But the Al Green Gallery is actually a brand new gallery created last summer through an ingenious design. A construction team lifted and levelled an old ramp that had been closed for many years, crisscrossing from the east side of the AGO’s building up into the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre’s general area. After removing the wall that enclosed the former ramp, the space was transformed into a 1,200 square foot gallery with high ceilings and natural light.
The Al Green Gallery will present sculptural works either made by or in dialogue with those of British sculptor Henry Moore. Currently on display in the gallery are a number of bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso, among others. According to the AGO’s assistant curator of modern art Kenneth Brummel, “it’s a quiet, contemplative space where visitors can enjoy sculpture as three dimensional objects.”
In addition to naming this new gallery in honour of Al, the Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation has created the Al Green Fund, an endowment that will support the presentation, conservation and acquisition of sculpture at the AGO. Funds have also been established to further our mission to support art, access and learning, especially where it concerns decreasing barriers and increasing access to the Gallery and its programs.
View of the Al Green Gallery. Photo: AGO
The memory of Al Green will forever live on here at the Gallery and in the hearts and minds of community members that benefitted so much from his remarkable spirit. Next time you are at the AGO, please come by and visit this new and special gallery!
The current installation in the Al Green Gallery is included in general admission, and AGO Members see it free.
As the director of the Al Green Sculpture Studio & School, I can highly recommend Blake Wards lecture “360 Silhouettes” Blake presented this talk to my sculpture studio and school in 2015, and we all found it to be most informative, especially for but not limited to figurative sculptors. Blake was classically trained and the techniques he acquired and mastered are disappearing from today’s fine arts educational institutions. His knowledge of the human form is extensive; he is able to distill his techniques down to a comprehensible level that even a beginner can understand. Blake illustrates the importance of preparation when approaching sculpting from life, and shares his insights into the current art market place.
One can only profit from Blake’s lecture, and the exposure to these old world techniques and practices that enhance one’s understanding and appreciation of figurative sculpture.
Guests are welcome please RSVP: 416-963 9909
Studio member Veronique Ouaknine is participating in a group exhibition at Gallery 1313
Opening Artist talk Saturday September 2, 4pm gallery hours Wednesday- Sunday, 1-6pm
Studio Instructor Nicholas Crombach has been on a residency in London England, at The Florence Trust .This exhibition marks the end of that adventure.
Our Community Partner,
@TOAEART’s Exhibition is this July 14th to 16th at Nathan Phillip’s Square! Come and visit visual artists working in all mediums showcase their work at the city’s largest contemporary outdoor art fair. For more information about visiting please visit: http://bit.ly/2sxdtpP
Studio Member Frantz Brent-Harris has been selected to show his sculptures at Yonge-Dundas Square for PRIDE Thursday June 22 4-11pm
Studio member W.W. Hung has his work on display at the music festival at Koerner Hall and at Oeno gallery in Prince Edward County
Studio Member Lisa Johnson is having an exhibition of her paintings in London Ont.
Please join us for Bricolage an exhibition of new works from the members of the studio
Laird Henderson, studio instructor and member Frantz Brent-Harris are participating.
A Group Exhibition
March 23rd, 2017 – April 2nd, 2017
Opening Reception is March 3rd 7pm – 11pm : Free Admission
Licensed event. Drinks will be available for purchase : Free Penny Candy Bar
1415 Dundas Street West
Toronto, On M6J 1Y4
The work will be available for purchase simultaneously in person and online. (exact time of launch and online link – coming soon)
Action Statue is an inclusive group exhibition showcasing all of the known toy artists in the Toronto area. Every piece is an original character derived from the artist’s imagination. An imagination that is heavily influenced by our shared love of toys and pop culture. Techniques vary between artists, but each piece is produced through an intensive process of sculpting, mold making and casting. This method results in handmade, limited edition multiples. These sculptures act as playful explorations of contemporary character design and challenge our conceptions of what an action figure, doll or play-thing can embody.
Featuring work by:
The Angry Beast : Darth Salesman : Lab Monkey Number 9 : Frantz Brent-Harris
Naomi Knaff : Rawzzzy (Liege Toys) : Modulicious : GreatBeard : Mason Mummery
ROOOK : Washykong : Squiggly McPickins : Laird of Toy
Studio director Melanie Chikofsky and part-time member Doug Guildford are participants in this benefit for The Paperhouse Studio,
February 24 6-9pm
180 Shaw Street
Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5
We will be having an exhibition of new work by the members of the studio honouring the memory of Al Green, at the Canadian Sculpture Centre , 500 Church Street. Opening reception May 5 2016, 6-9pm and continuing until June 1, 2016
Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Friday 12noon-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm