Fever-pitch at Art Toronto

Here we are, day three of four of Art Toronto 2010 and it’s safe to say that the fair is running like a well-oiled machine. Everywhere you look, people are enjoying themselves, talking about art and even bringing it home with them.

There is a lot to see and do at the fair. And trust me, I’ve worn a path up and down every aisle on the showfloor — IT IS BIG. If you want to avoid the rush, come around 1 or 2 o’clock today, just remember that the show is only open until 6pm tonight and tomorrow and you’ll need about three hours to get a good sense of the show.

Some highlights you won’t want to miss:

Everything Must Go. Designer Jeremy Laing has done a tremendous job merging the art and fashion worlds, creating a boutique style space to showcase art that daringly walks the line between fashion and art. Jeremy has also been spending quite a bit of time at the booth, so if you luck out you might just get to meet the man himself!

MOCCA print + Alex’s 5 poster giveaway. Our much-touted benefit print for the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art has been selling like hot-cakes. They are absolutely beautiful prints that you’ll be glad to take home with you. As well, our illustrious artist is res, the one and only Alex McLeod has a special giveaway for readers of his new blog. Everyday he’ll be giving away 5 posters — you can actually walk away from Art Toronto with a piece of art in your hot little hands that won’t cost you a dime!

The BMW art car. There is something really captivating about the clean, simple traditional lines of the very recognizable vehicle. Ever a symbol of status and taste, this particular car (one of a collection of art cars that have never been raced or even road-driven) has been transformed into an homage to artist Esther Mahlangu’s Ndebele tribal art. Ms Mahlangu is BMW’s first female art car artist and the Ndebele pattern is an art done exclusively by women, making this car a very special piece indeed.

French Canada, stand up! Feel like going to Montreal this weekend? You can, and it’ll only cost you the price of admission to the fair. Art Toronto is pleased to present a wide-ranging selection of Quebecois contemporary art galleries, many of them members of the Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC).

International galleries abound as well at Art Toronto — take a trip around the world without need of your passport. Visit London, Dublin, Barcelona, Madrid, Belgium, Dusseldorf, Bucharest, Tokyo and more! The only thing you can’t do is send your friends a postcard (though for the price of a ticket, maybe you should just bring them with you instead!)

New York galleries. A great representation of one of the hottest art-towns in North America (aside from Toronto and Montreal, of course). Many of them have brought their key artists with them.Which leads me to my next highlight…

ARTISTS!!! Who better to talk about the works on the walls than the artists themselves? I’ve seen a few timid visitors shy away from approaching the artists, but I promise they don’t bite! These artists are more than happy to spend time with visitors interested in learning more about the pieces and the process.

Installations. Sometimes it’s not just art hung on the walls, but the walls themselves! There are a few different galleries who have taken this bold approach and done full installations — check out Lyons Wier Gallery, ftc. Berlin and AGYU for fabulous installations.

In addition to 108 exhibitors and nearly a dozen different publications, Art Toronto is offering some great talks and tours that are included with your admission price. Today we have T at Three, lively conversations with artists, critics and gallerists at 3pm; Power Talks are dynamic sessions — today’s features Thomas Crow discussing “Warhol in the Advertising World”; the Art Dealers Association of Canada is sponsoring a series of tours called “Trust the Experts”, today’s is led by author Iris Nowell, who will also be selling and signing copies of her most recent book Painters Eleven.

And last, but certainly not least: The Catalogue. Feeling overwhelmed by the vast selection of art but still want to bring a piece of Art Toronto home with you? Pick up a catalogue! For only $25 you can have a momento of your time at Art Toronto, and a way to remember all 108 of the galleries who showed at the fair.

Hope you make it down here! Tickets are still available online and at the door, don’t miss out!

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5 responses to “Fever-pitch at Art Toronto

  1. Always a joy to see you. Congrats on helping to throw a fabulous party! See if you can reserve for me the sabretooth tiger skull-eating-a-violin piece. That is the manliest thing ever. If not, a concrete stuffed seal will do.

  2. nice one Maggie, if only I was a famous female American television host!

  3. lol, it was no accident ;D

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