“Ai Weiwei: According to What?” and “David Bowie is” at the AGO

I finally took the time to see both the “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” and “David Bowie is” exhibits at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant to see the Weiwei exhibition because I prefer a more traditional works of art, but once there I understood the narrative of his work and shared his political concerns regarding mainland China. Without a doubt, Weiwei is a political artist, and his work has been key to raising awareness of global injustice. The Ai Weiwei exhibition ends on October 27th, 2013 and, unlike traditional museum rules, this exhibition allows visitors to photograph the exhibit, as the message of the work speaks directly to ‘freedom of expression.’ Thus, I am sharing some of the pictures with you below.

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In contrast to the Ai Weiwei show, David Bowie’s exhibition was a flamboyant historical account of Bowie’s career, music and life. This exhibition entertained the crowds and revealed a number of Bowie’s kaleidoscopic stage customs.

Art Talk gives four thumbs up to the David Bowie is exhibition at the AGO – here are the top ten reasons why you should visit “David Bowie is”:

  1. It’s fun
  2. The installations are well put together
  3. One is able to listen to a lot of great music
  4. There is fashion
  5. It shows the arts behind the entertainer
  6. It is full of creativity
  7. It is not political
  8. It visually appeals exceptionally
  9. It is instructive & inspirational
  10. I want to see it again!

 Image source: Torontoist

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at a Glance 2013!

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In its 52nd year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE) returned to City Hall accompanied by the Ai Weiwei’s zodiac sculptures. This exhibition took place at the Nathan Phillips Square on July 5, 6, 7, 2013. The TOAE is a juried showcase featuring contemporary fine art and craft that mainly focuses on introducing emerging artists. Every year, hundreds of artists participate and thousands of visitors attend the rendezvous. This year AKIMBO, a Canada’s online source for visual arts made presence.

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