In 2010, the Art Gallery of Ontario gave us “Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts. A massive exhibit of sumptuous paintings, jewellery and furniture representing court life. Prior to Toronto, the exhibit had been on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
In 2011, General Idea’s two meter tall AIDS sculture was erected outside at the corner of Dundas West and Beverley Streets. This was the first comprehensive retrospective devoted to the collective.
In 2014, more than one hundred works from Mr. Colville were on display beginning in the summer. and gave graphic representation of his influence on Stanley Kubrick’s films.
The Grange is the original home of the Art Museum of Toronto. Believed to be the oldest standing brick building in Toronto, it faces out to Grange Park. Behind the Grange is the rear of the Art Gallery of Ontario, in glass and titanium.
Part of the permanent collection, this iconic image was created in 1917. It was the artist’s final painting: he drowned later that year.
Five years ago I spent a weekend in Detroit. My friends waved me off, hoping that I’d return with more than a toe tag. I returned to Detroit in 2015 to be surprised how good the city is now looking. My first stop was the Detroit Institute of Arts, followed by a stroll down Woodward Avenue, then a trip into downtown.
The DIA was my first stop in Detroit. I always seek out major art venues, and I’ve been here before. It does not disappoint.
Founded in 1885, the gallery moved to the current address on Woodward Avenue in 1927. Many major galleries have vast, expansive entrances which have long been shuttered for a smaller entrance of more recent vintage. The Albright-Knox in Buffalo comes to mind – they have a magnificent entrance facing the park, which is unused.
Here in Detroit, the massive original entrance remains in use.
The Detroit Industry fresco cycle was completed by Diego Rivera in March of 1933. It is one of the most famous works in the gallery. It is considered the finest example of Mexican mural art in the US, and encompasses all four walls within the gallery.
The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave in Detroit, closed Mondays.