Art Gallery of Alberta

Award-winning Canadian photographer’s work up for auction at AGA

Edward Burtynsky photograph featured along with more than 80 works by notable visual artists at silent art auction in support of the Art Gallery of Alberta

May 10, 2010

EDMONTON, AB – The 12th annual Art on the Block silent auction at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) on Wednesday, May 12 will include a large-scale photograph by famous, Canadian contemporary artist Edward Burtynsky (estimated value: $15,000). The image is part of the AGA-commissioned series documenting the construction of the new Gallery. The image, along with 16 others, are currently being showcased as part of the opening AGA exhibitions. Burtynsky’s photographic documentation is world renowned. Recently his depiction of the petroleum industry, published in the book Oil, won the Best Photography Book Award given by the prestigious, London-based Krasna-Krausz Foundation.

In addition to the Burtynsky work, the Gallery’s largest annual fundraiser, Art on the Block, will feature more than 80 pieces of art by prominent Alberta artists as well as exciting Big Board and Art-Inspired items. Some of the Big Board items up for auction are Forbidden Dinners, a series of three dinners for six couples at exclusive locations in Edmonton and a New Year’s Eve Private Party at the AGA with catering by Zinc. The Art-Inspired items include ‘Flowers for a Year’ by The Artworks, and a season subscription for Brian Webb Dance. Artists such as David Cantine, George Littlechild, Liz Ingram, John Will, and Ron Moppett, along with Alberta commercial galleries, have donated works in support of the exhibitions and educational programs at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Ranging in value from $150 to $15,000, the art will be auctioned off in two lots.

Guests will enjoy an evening of live music and savoury gourmet food and beverage, while mingling with Alberta’s leaders, art lovers, collectors, philanthropists and trendsetters. In addition to delectable hors d’eourves and desserts, attendees will get an exclusive sampling of the salads on Zinc restaurant’s yet-to-be-released summer menu. Tickets are $125.

An auction preview and tickets are available at http://artontheblock.youraga.ca

Art on the Block
May 12, 6:30 pm
3rd floor, Art Gallery of Alberta
Tickets $125, available at youraga.ca

A $50 tax receipt for income tax purposes will be provided for a portion of the ticket price.

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For more information or images for media use, please contact:
Sarah Hoyles, Media Relations & Communications Coordinator
T: 780.392.2468 E: sarah.hoyles@youraga.ca

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of over 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opens to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc resto lounge; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.