Way To Go, AGO
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Way To Go, AGO

2006_10_20opie.jpgThe AGO’s Henry Moore Sculpture Centre has the largest public collection of Henry Moore pieces in the world. Although Large Two Forms, the Henry Moore sculpture that was at the corner of Dundas and McCaul, has been temporarily removed due to the AGO Transformation, the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre remains intact throughout the construction. Unfortunately, the room with the Moore pieces has undergone its own transformation as part of Wallworks, which features artists’ work on the surface of walls throughout the gallery.
British artist, Julian Opie, has created 17 giant, pole-dancing women on the walls surrounding the Henry Moore pieces. While Opie’s This is Shahnoza is meant to be “suggestive of renaissance and baroque statuary”, the ladies on the walls actually depict your local strip club. They are disgustingly juxtopsed against Moore’s sculptures, most of which are reclining nudes, to draw similarities between the women captured in still poses. They are truly a hideous and unnecessary distraction from the Moore pieces and the AGO is in love with the disaster.
The AGO has based its advertising on the “Ewwwwww! Gross! Ahhhh! I just sawed my torso in half! You wanna see?” model, as their flyers flaunt commnets comments such as “This artist (Moore) deserves something other than cartoon striptease dancers for a background. This background should be moved to the closest bar.” The controversial subject matter has created a bit of discussion but has it drawn more visitors due to curiosity? Probably not. The AGO selling itself based on its own downfalls in completely pathetic.
In other AGO news, the Andy Warhol / Supernova: Stars, Deaths and Disasters, 1962-1964 exhibit closes on Sunday. Visit the AGO to see the Warhol works in chatter-free rooms while David Cronenberg narrates via machine glued to your ear, today until 9pm and tomorrow until midnight. $18 for adults (yikes!) and $15 for students.