Autumn at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Attention all art lovers: there are currently two stellar exhibitions showing at the AGO. If you act now, you can see them both before the Turner show takes over in November.

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ABOVE: Georgia O’Keefe, Black Messa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Maries II, 1930, oil on canvas mounted on board, 24.25 x 36.25 inches, Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe (Picturing the Americas)

BELOW: David McMillan, View of Forest from Dental Hospital, Pripyat, October 2012, inkjet print, 21.6 x 27.5 inches, © David McMillan (Camera Atomica)

Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from the Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic

Containing 118 paintings, prints and drawings from 11 countries, and encompassing multiple themes, Picturing the Americas is ambitious to say the least.

While this ambition has resulted in mixed reviews from critics, I think the average museumgoer will really enjoy this show. Almost every piece is beautiful, and for that reason alone, it’s worth checking out.

Although it opened on June 20th, I was only recently able to check it out. If you’re a procrastinator like me, you’ve got 10 more days (2 weekends) to see it.

Camera Atomica

Another ambitious exhibition, Camera Atomica encompasses the postwar period between the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the triple meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Addressing weapons proliferation, waste disposal, and climate change, this show is about as heavy as you can get, and not surprisingly, the photos within it are often bleak and depressing. That is the point though, and that is why you should see it.

Unlike the show above, this one’s on until November 20th. It’s also free with admission.

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