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Hot Art: N.Y. in T.O. at the AGO

Mark Rothko's No. 5/No. 22

MAY 28 TO SEPTEMBER 4 The instinct to order and define can be difficult to reconcile in the visual arts, where success is often measured by one’s ability to break from boundaries and established tropes. Yet labels can enhance our understanding of art, and certainly help in the curation of displays like Abstract Expressionist New York at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Drawn from the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, the show features important works from the post-WWII Empire City that are characterized by their anti-figurative style and emotional force. Happily, the category offers a relative diversity of eye candy, from the blocky colour fields of Mark Rothko to Jackson Pollock’s famed drip paintings.

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