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Took in the current "Picturing the Americas" exhibition today at the Art Gallery of Ontario, along with the Emily Carr exhibition. Not a huge fan of Carr, but it was worth it to see her progression as an artist - her move from fastidious and rather boring landscapes to bold, cubism-inspired works in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and her later loose, fluid work (literally, as she painted with a mix of oil paint and gasoline).

The Americas exhibition of landscapes was exhaustive and often repetitive. But a few pieces jumped out. My favourite, by leaps and bounds, was the massive Niagara Falls (1878) by William Morris Hunt. Impossible to get a sense of its power - and the paint technique - from this little image:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/w..._-_Niagara_Falls.jpg

I also loved the exquisite realism of Albert Bierstadt’s Yosemite Valley (1868):

https://upload.wikimedia.org/w...Yellowstone_Park.jpg

...and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Marie’s II:

http://artseverydayliving.com/...ack-of-mary-s-ii.jpg

We also headed up to the top floors to see the exhibit by Stephen Andrews, a Toronto photographer and contemporary artist.

And for me, no visit to the AGO would be complete with a stop to once again see Kent by Chuck Close. Mesmerizing.
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