ART BASH!

Art Bash is the single most important fundraiser for the AGO. This annual gala pays homage to the most celebrated art periods in history by reviving their legacy and discovering their enduring spirit in contemporary Toronto. It is the must-attend black-tie event on Toronto’s fall calendar, bringing together the city’s most prominent philanthropists, business leaders and art lovers.

THEME

Last year’s event, Baroque Ball, celebrated the highly ornate and extravagant style of art, architecture, music and dance that flourished throughout Europe from the early 17th until the mid-18th century. We reimagine the grandeur, the drama and the exuberance of the Baroque period in modern day Toronto with our guests.

Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer. Still Life: Flowers

Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer. Still Life: Flowers, 17th century. Oil on canvas, Overall: 114.9 x 89.5 cm. Bequest of Miss L. Aileen Larkin, 1967. © Art Gallery of Ontario


PHOTOS

Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 photos
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball
Art Bash 2019 Baroque Ball

2019 ARTISTS

Alan Anderson

Jewels by Alan Anderson is Canada’s definitive couture fashion jewellery house. Alan handcrafts each piece, prong-setting vintage crystals and stones to create one-of-a-kind pieces, all signed with his signature cartouche. He does not research trends; instead stays true to his personal style with an ever-changing collection of statement jewellery. His work, inspired by the glamorous sirens of Hollywood's golden era, Newport's gilded age and turn-of-the-century European Royalty, is an art form - timeless, collectable and destined to be handed down through generations.

Stephan Caras & Kyriako Caras

Stephan Caras was born in Greece and educated in Australia, where he attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Stephan’s career includes designing with formidable fashion houses such as Guy Laroche and Hermés. Kyriako Caras, co-designer, designs as part of a lifelong synergy and interplay between design, expression, and beauty. As co-designers, Kyriako and Stephan have created the collections we know today as part of the CARAS brand. Feminine sensuality defines the CARAS philosophy of design.

Briony Douglas

Big Baroque, 2019

Briony Douglas, a Toronto based artist, has been catching eyes for the past few years now as she continues to rise on a world spectrum. Her unique style of visual art stands out from the rest of the crowd by blending elements of surrealism and pop culture, while also taking cues from a bygone era. Briony’s art is meant to strike conversation, push boundaries and reshape the perception of how we view ourselves. Taking cues from the most iconic images of the Baroque time period, Briony will bring the beautiful, deep, and colourful still life paintings to life by creating a large scale interactive piece of art. This installation also reflects other period correct artforms by creating a sense of awe from the grandeur and size of the piece.

Generously supported by Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.

Emily Filler

Emily Filler's paintings walk the line between the real and the imaginary. There is a sense of the familiar but also the feeling that you are falling into a dream - flowers act as a departure point to a world that dissolves into abstraction.

Living in downtown Toronto, Filler is often influenced by her ritual walk to the studio, where she observes the landscape shift from bustling city life to contemplative residential neighborhoods. Exploring this contrast, the works playfully collate the images and textures from both worlds.

Filler’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe.

Mani Jassal

MANI JASSAL is a luxury evening and bridal wear brand from Toronto, Canada started by designer Mani Jassal in 2014. Born in Punjab, India, Mani moved to Toronto with her family at the young age of 5. Growing up with an infatuation with design, Mani took note of the inseparable influences of art and culture. A community of women celebrating the multiple layers of their identity and upbringing are developed through Mani’s designs. A division between an ethnic and everyday wardrobe is a reality for many women with Mani’s story. The use of unorthodox cuts and design choices sets the brand apart.

Shellie Zhang

I’m a Material Girl but Indifference is the Product of Social Excess, 2019

I’m a Material Girl but Indifference is the Product of Social Excess consists of a series of photographic banners, each featuring an assortment of found objects from a vanity. These combinations of contemporary items reference objects found within the AGO’s vitrine of miniature curiosities. The selection of objects are emblems of ornament and excess: Jewellery holders gesture towards stoic ivory busts; empty perfume vessels allude to snuff bottles; and compact mirrors reference the lavish wealth, pride and vanity, of the Baroque era. By equating rare collectable items with mass produced goods, I’m a Material Girl but Indifference is the Product of Social Excess demonstrates the brevity of worldly pleasures in a late-stage consumer world, and the futility of symbols of femininity, decadence and luxury.

Generously supported by Allan Slaight & Emmanuelle Gattuso.

Photo credit: Yuula Benivolski

 

 

COMMITTEE

Co-Chairs

Sonja Berman & Dean Bender

Committee

Vicky Bacardi, Julie Crossland, Aldo Cundari, Jessica Ennis, Andrea Federer, Angela Feldman, Marianne Guizzetti, Beth Horowitz, Kathy Houde-Lovas, Deborah Lau-Yu, Vicky Milner, Myles Mindham, Neda Moeini, Ralph Roach, Owen Tseng & Robin Turack



CONTACT

For more information about AGO Art Bash! Please contact:

Jaime Shulman
Director, Corporate Partnerships & Special Events
416-979-6660 ext. 6360
jaime.shulman@ago.ca

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