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Boarders appreciate Alex Colville and Michelangelo exhibits at AGO

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Michelangelo – Quest for Genius

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Alex Colville Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Kamran Ramji, Sebastien Argamasilla, Jonathan Chu, Alexander Kazakov, Victor Pang, Jose Gomez, Alexander Osipov

On Saturday, Nov. 15 all boarders in Year 1, Year 2 and Foundation Year were treated to an afternoon at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Matt Verboom and David and Heather Crawford volunteered to ride the subway with the boys, and walk aroud two of the most impressive exhibits the city of Toronto has seen in recent memory. Crawford is the director of the UCC film program, and his wife Heather is an experienced Theory of Knowledge teacher at UCC. Verboom, best known as director of the SAS Fitness Centre, also appreciates fine art. The boys were very lucky to be able to experience such a wonderful value-added educational experience with teachers that want to help boys develop an appreciation for art in Toronto.

Born in Toronto in 1920, Alex Colville was a painter, printmaker and veteran who drew his inspiration from the world around him, transforming the seemingly mundane figures and events of everyday life into archetypes of the modern condition. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1982 and won a Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award in 2003.

More than 100 works by Canadian icon Alex Colville (1920-2013) are being presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario until January 2015; this is the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date. Curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art, the exhibition will honour Colville’s legacy and explore the continuing impact of his work from the perspectives of several prominent popular culture figures from film, literature and music.

The Michelangelo: Quest for Genius exhibition tells the story of Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (b. 1475). The exhibit is organized thematically; it takes a critical look at the notion of the genius at work, locating the creative search at the axis of ambition, exploration, frustration, defiance and unrealized dreams. Developed by Lloyd DeWitt, curator of European Art at the AGO and David Wistow, interpretive planner, Michelangelo: Quest for Genius will feature computer animations that bring to life some of Michelangelo’s most ambitious and ultimately unfinished designs.