While it can’t compete with the likes of MOMA or Tate Modern, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has plenty to offer. Here are ten of my favorite pieces – in no particular order.
ABOVE: Chuck Close, Kent, 1970-71, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 90 inches, Art Gallery of Ontario, Photo: © Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto 
From Henry Moore to the Group of Seven, the AGO has more than enough to make a top ten list a daunting task. After much deliberation, here is mine:
Beautiful and intricate. Belcourt is a skilled artist working in a post skill art world. No blank canvases here.
This thing is just plain cool. Basically, it’s Chuck Close on acid – not that I’d have any idea what that’d look like.
Canada’s answer to Jackson Pollock – minus the alcoholism and spousal abuse – Riopelle’s Chevreuse II is a chaotic tour de force.
Smart, vibrant…and big; new school meets old school in one of the AGO’s finest contemporary pieces.
Recreate a Moore, dump it in Lake Ontario, pull it up a year later, then put it on display covered in zebra mussels. Sterling gets an A for originality alone.
Altmejd killed it in Venice with this sculpture. My girlfriend doesn’t like it very much; I love it very much.
Creepy as shit; Dix’s portrait shrinks the shrink. A weird painting by a seriously weird dude.
Photorealism often gets a bad rep. That said, Chuck Close is the shit. Period. Full stop.
Brighten your day with this wonderful depiction of slaughtered babies. When put like that, it doesn’t sound like much of a draw, but trust me, it is.
Of all the AGO’s crucifixes – and there are a lot of them – Bernini’s is arguably the best. No small feat.