Art Bash is the AGO’s new annual gala that pays homage to history’s most celebrated art parties by reviving their legacy and discovering their enduring spirit in contemporary Toronto.

Art Bash is the must-attend black-tie event on Toronto’s fall calendar, bringing together the city’s most prominent philanthropists, business leaders and art lovers.

Our first event, themed The Factory, revived the disruptive spirit of Andy Warhol and his silver-clad studio, channelling the world of Pop Art through artist installations, exquisite décor, signature cocktails and an inspired menu. Of course, it was the creative fashion of our guests that was the true show-stopper!

The inaugural Art Bash was a sold-out success and raised over $1M for the AGO. It was also the perfect moment to announce an exciting new acquisition—Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup I, featuring ten different flavours of soup in vibrant, large prints.

Tables settings in Baillie Court - Art Bash 2017

Augustus Edwin John, The Marchesa Casati

Augustus Edwin John. The Marchesa Casati, 1919. Oil on canvas, 96.5 x 68.6 cm. Purchase, 1934. © Art Gallery of Ontario


You might know her from one of the AGO’s most beloved paintings—a visitor Top Ten (left). The Marchesa Luisa Casati was, for the first three decades of the 20th century, Italy’s most significant patron of the arts and artistic muse.

An heiress to millions, she threw the most lavish and exotic costumed parties that attracted icons of the art world from across Europe and America to her Palazzo dei Leoni on the Grand Canal in Venice (now home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection) and later at the Palais Rose in Versailles.

La Casati, as she was fondly known by Venetian locals, was as mysterious as she was alluring. Her appearance and fashions were always astounding, influencing many designers in the century since. Her rebellious behaviour (such as walking her pet cheetahs on jeweled leashed) shocked European society and her love of art fueled the careers of ground-breaking new Modern artists.

Art Bash! Casa Casati will take La Casati’s incredible and illustrious personality and parties as the avant-garde inspiration for this year’s event.



Saturday, November 17
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West

6:30pm | Cocktail Reception
8:00pm | Dinner
9:30pm | Dessert Fête


Marianne Guizzetti and Kathy Houde-Lovas


Vicky Bacardi, Susie Belton, Dean Bender, Sonja Berman, Aldo Cundari, Marlene DelZotto, Lisa Eaton, Andrea Federer, Angela Feldman, Ira Gluskin, Beth Horowitz, Gale Kelly, Deborah Lau-Yu, Myles Mindham, Sherri Neldner, Anjli Patel, Lisa Rothney, Laurel Sussman, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, Liz Tory, Owen Tseng, Robin Turack

What to wear? Avant-Garde Black Tie.

Opulent and over-the-top. Shocking and eccentric. Dark and mysterious. Luisa Casati’s fashion choices never disappointed, and to this day, she continues to inspire some of the world’s biggest fashion houses. Get your style inspiration on our Pinterest board.

AGO facade decorated for Art Bash


a woman photographing artwork on a wall

George Pimentel Photography

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people gathered in walker court

Sandy Pranjic/AGO

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jim fleck with donated warhol soup can prints

Sandy Pranjic/AGO

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two polaroid cameras

George Pimentel Photography

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two people posing in front of artwork

George Pimentel Photography

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a woman holding a photo

George Pimentel Photography

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artwork by couzyn at art bash

George Pimentel Photography

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a line of people posing in front of an artwork

George Pimentel Photography

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a woman looking at models posing

George Pimentel Photography

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people seated around a table

George Pimentel Photography

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a view of art bash from the dj booth

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stephan jost speaking at a microphone

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two people posing in front of artwork

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Mathew Guido

Eye Candy 

Mathew Guido brings together his unique aesthetic for exciting compositions and commercial viability with international retailers, labels and publications. As a magician of light, Mathew’s hauntingly beautiful portraits are fearless in exploring and illustrating the complexities of human emotion.

Jacqueline Mak

Andy Warhol in Pieces

Art Director turned full time Digital Collage artist, Jacqueline’s work mixes found images in provocative and political, yet comical ways. Taking collage to the next level, her pop art GIFs offer a hint of the past in this disruptive art format. ​​​​​​

Jennifer Rowsom

Factory Photo

With a nod to Warhol and his obsession with Polaroid, guests will be photographed against the Factory photo wall with a camera that produces one-of-a-kind instant prints. ​​​​​
Presented by RBC Emerging Artists Project

Tobias Williams and Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery

No Name City

Working in digital animation and printmaking, Tobias explores the hidden ideological and aesthetic qualities of mass-produced products. No Name City depicts a series of digitally animated “no name” products floating across a yellow void, rising as precarious miniature towers and collapsing under their own weight. Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery, a nomadic artist run centre, uses a mobile advertising truck to present the work and its luxuriant three-dimensional rendering of 'No Name brand's ubiquitous products.


Collection Highlights

Designers Andy Long Hoang and Tinashe Musara employ a whimsical and unpredictable philosophy that embraces their varied backgrounds to create collections that express distinct forms, shapes and attitudes. Their fashion is as radical as Warhol's art while offering subtle hints to the Factory era's fashions

Ness Lee

Live Illustration

Ness Lee is an illustrator at heart, but like Warhol, has expanded her craft into other media, namely ceramics, painting and sculpture. Her mesmerizing works deal with notions of intimacy and self-love as she explores and echoes emotions of vulnerability, discomfort and acceptance.

Presented by RBC Emerging Artists Project

Couzyn Van Heuvelen


Couzyn is a contemporary Inuk artist whose work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. This work reimagines the avataq; a traditional hunting float made from one full sealskin that has been inflated with air, plugged, and tied off.  

AGO Youth Council

AGO Youth Council with artist Alicia Nauta

Alicia Nauta is a Toronto artist working with collage, screen printing, installation, wallpaper, books and zines. Alicia worked with the youth council to collaboratively create four unique print designs inspired by pop art patterns—and each guest at Art Bash! gets to take one home!



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