Starting today and running for the next three days until 29 October, Toronto will be submerged in art as it opens it’s premiere art fair. Art Toronto is Canada’s only contemporary and modern international art fair and will exhibit work from more than a 100 leading and emerging galleries from 23 countries. With over 20,000 collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts expected to arrive, this weekend is set to be an exciting moment for art in Toronto. Based on the theme, Focus ASIA, this is Art Toronto’s biggest fair yet.
Highlights of the fair include solo exhibitons, installatons, and curated projects by renowed artists such as Robert Raushenberg, and Ed Pien, as well as the fair’s special curatorial project Focus ASIA: Beyond Geography. Featuring established and emerging galleries from the world’s largest continent, Focus ASIA is a section of the fair specifically devoted to contemporary Asian art. Continuing Art Toronto’s annual initiative of highlighting influential topics in contemporary art, Focus ASIA is curated by the managing editor of Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Zheng Shengtian and independent curator, Katherine Don. Named Beyond Geography, Shengtian and Don present a provocative selection of installations and video works that illustrate the hybrid expressions of multiple cultures. The exhibition’s focus is to open a dialogue about what kind of art audiences stereotype as “Asian”.
Other fair highlights include, an Ed Pien special limited edition print series, Power Talks present influential art-world figures who discuss their work, Art Toronto Sculpture project, and The Gamelatron by Taylor Kuffner, composer and mult-media artist who will showcase an installation of the only fully robotic gamelan orchestra.
Art Toronto 26 – 29 October, Metro Toronto Convention Center (MTCC), North Building, 255 Front Street West
1. Suzy Lake, courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto.
2. Meryl McMaster, courtesy of Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto.
3. FX Harsono, courtesy of Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, USA.
4. Gidi Dar, courtesy of Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel.
Posted on 26 October 2012