Nichols Crombach’s exhibition in Ottawa

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A gift that leaves a legacy

A gift that leaves a legacy

September 12th, 2017

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Al Green was an inspiring philanthropist, city builder and a longstanding friend and advocate of the AGO. A Trustee of the AGO Board of Directors for over 14 years, Al’s contributions to the Gallery were extraordinary, from his support of several major exhibitions to his leadership gifts to major initiatives such as Transformation AGO. An accomplished sculptor, collector and lover of art, Al integrated public sculpture into his many building projects throughout the city. He established the Al Green Sculpture Studio and School in Toronto, creating an open, accessible, not-for-profit space for artists to create sculpture. In 2002, Al was honoured with the Order of Canada for his devotion to community service.

It is fitting that through a recent donation from his daughter Lindy Green, through The Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation, we have named one of our newest gallery spaces in Al’s honour. The Al Green Gallery, which is located on Level 2 of the AGO, is adjacent to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre.

You might think this space has simply been renamed. But the Al Green Gallery is actually a brand new gallery created last summer through an ingenious design. A construction team lifted and levelled an old ramp that had been closed for many years, crisscrossing from the east side of the AGO’s building up into the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre’s general area. After removing the wall that enclosed the former ramp, the space was transformed into a 1,200 square foot gallery with high ceilings and natural light.

The Al Green Gallery will present sculptural works either made by or in dialogue with those of British sculptor Henry Moore. Currently on display in the gallery are a number of bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso, among others. According to the AGO’s assistant curator of modern art Kenneth Brummel, “it’s a quiet, contemplative space where visitors can enjoy sculpture as three dimensional objects.”

In addition to naming this new gallery in honour of Al, the Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation has created the Al Green Fund, an endowment that will support the presentation, conservation and acquisition of sculpture at the AGO. Funds have also been established to further our mission to support art, access and learning, especially where it concerns decreasing barriers and increasing access to the Gallery and its programs.

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View of the Al Green Gallery. Photo: AGO

The memory of Al Green will forever live on here at the Gallery and in the hearts and minds of community members that benefitted so much from his remarkable spirit. Next time you are at the AGO, please come by and visit this new and special gallery!

The current installation in the Al Green Gallery is included in general admission, and AGO Members see it free.

A gift that leaves a legacy

Blake Ward will be presenting his lecture “ 360 Silhouettes” in the studio on Thursday October 5, 2017, at 6pm

Guantan 360 Silhouettes1 9616.jpg As the director of the Al Green Sculpture Studio & School, I can highly recommend Blake Wards lecture “360 Silhouettes” Blake presented this talk to my sculpture studio and school in 2015, and we all found it to be most informative, especially for but not limited to figurative sculptors. Blake was classically trained and the techniques he acquired and mastered are disappearing from today’s fine arts educational institutions. His knowledge of the human form is extensive; he is able to distill his techniques down to a comprehensible level that even a beginner can understand. Blake illustrates the importance of preparation when approaching sculpting from life, and shares his insights into the current art market place.

One can only profit from Blake’s lecture, and the exposure to these old world techniques and practices that enhance one’s understanding and appreciation of figurative sculpture.

Guests are welcome please RSVP: 416-963 9909


Blake Ward will be presenting his lecture “ 360 Silhouettes” in the studio on Thursday October 5, 2017, at 6pm