Next spring ‘Mystical Landscapes’ opens in PARIS. But visitors to TORONTO can now mingle with the masters until January 29, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). This exhibition is an assemblage of masterpieces by Gauguin, Munch, Carr, O’Keeffe, Van Gogh, Monet and many others. It focuses on the connection of art to nature and mysticism.
<‘The Starry Night over the Rhone’, completed by Vincent Van Gogh in 1888, Musée d’Orsay, PARIS; Bridgeman Image>
‘Mystical Landscapes’ includes close to 90 paintings and 20 works on paper, created by 36 artists from 15 countries. It’s been produced over the last 5 years, with the co-operation of an advisory committee that included theologians, historians, an astrophysicist, a doctor and a psychoanalyst.
<‘Water Lilies (Nymphéas)’ by Claude Monet, HOUSTON Museum of Fine Arts, Bridgeman Image>
The Art Gallery of Ontario will be the only North American stop for this exhibition – http://www.mysticalago.net
<‘Christ in the Garden of Olives’ by Paul Gauguin, The Art Archive/Norton Museum of Art>
In 2003 collectors Robert Swope and Michel Hurst came across a box of albums and snapshots in a New York City flea market. The subject: 1960’s era cross-dressers vacationing at Casa Susanna, a resort in upstate New York. Swope says “I was electrified. I realized instantly that these photographs were extraordinary and something that no one, outside of the group, was meant to see.”
“These photos are not pictures of drag queens exaggerating femininity but men who longed to experience what it would be like to be a woman,” Swope says. “The cost is nominal, the value is acceptance, sociability, freedom of expression, conviviality and satisfaction is tremendous.”
The Art Gallery of Ontario purchased the collection in 2015 with funds donated by Martha L.A. McCain. The snapshots and large prints have a gallery all their own within the exhibition ‘Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s-1980s’. This is the AGO’s largest photography show since it reopened in 2008. It features work by such American masters as Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Nan Goldin, Gordon Parks and Robert Frank. Until May 29.
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West – http://www.ago.net
Built in 1817, The Grange was the first home of the Art Museum of TORONTO (now the Art Gallery of Ontario). Recently renovated, it’s the twelfth oldest surviving building in the city.
IMAGE ABOVE – “The Grange”, painted ca1840 by British artist Henry Bowyer Lane, (1817-78)