Modern & Contemporary
The AGO’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art acquired new works by the artists Ghazaleh Avarzamani, Alicia Henry and Caroline Monnet. These are the first works by Avarzamani and Henry to enter the AGO Collection and the second by Monnet.
“Avarzamani’s monumental work, Game of Goose, is a textile map made from 180 sapphire-coloured loofah mitts embroidered in luminescent white thread to reveal an image of one of the world’s oldest board games. The artist, represented for the first time in the AGO Collection, is interested in how game and play often reveal the moral, social and spiritual framework of our societies,” says Xiaoyu Weng, the AGO’s Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art. “Alicia Henry’s stirring and poetic works from the Untitled series each feature the silhouette of a corporeal figure in mixed media that appear to harbor the limbs of other forms inside of them. Henry’s extensive practice deals with questions of layering, relationality and unfixed identity, often in the form of powerful two-dimensional compositions. A striking work of red and orange-threaded embroidery on a canvas of pink, plastic polyethylene, Fur Queen 03, is the second work by Caroline Monnet to enter the AGO Collection. The Anishinaabe and French artist has found a powerful formal language of geometry and circuitry wrought through common construction materials and waterproof membranes. The artist invokes the inequality of building projects, policies, zoning laws and land division within the context of colonial Canada.”