Frank Gehry and the AGO

March 24, 2011 | Judy

Comments (1)

GehrybookcoverThe Frank Gehry-designed expansion and renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario has been one of the more critically well-received Toronto building projects of the last few years [unlike the ROM's Crystal, for example, which has had a much more mixed reaction].

If you want to find out more about the whole process of how the design for the AGO came about and how that vision was translated into bricks and mortar [or, in this case, maybe glass and wood is more appropriate], check out Frank Gehry in Toronto: Transforming the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The book features the wonderful photographs of Edward Burtynsky. I think that my favourites are the ones that show the new AGO interacting with and reflecting the city around it. To see the Burtynsky photos, you'll have to borrow the book [or come and have a look at it in either the Urban Affairs Library or the Toronto Reference Library], but here is one spectacular picture of the Galleria Italia [courtesy of the AGO's website and AGO photographer Sean Weaver] that illustrates how the building weaves itself into the urban landscape.



If you are interested in more information on Frank Gehry and his latest project in Sydney, Australia, [which is definitely a lot wilder than the AGO] have a look at this very thought provoking post from our Arts & Culture blog.