October 26 – 29, 2012
CANADA’S ONLY MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY
INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, RETURNS TO TORONTO
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE
North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B
255 Front Street West
Hours: Fri-Sat, 12-8pm; Sun-Mon, 12-6pm.
Art Toronto returns this fall with yet another stunning exhibition of modern and contemporary art from around the world. From October 26th to 29th collectors, curators and art enthusiasts will converge on Toronto to experience the latest edition of Canada’s premiere art fair. The four-day fair will showcase exhibits by more than a hundred leading and emerging galleries from 23 countries, with over 18,000 collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts expected to attend over the course of the weekend.
On show will be thousands of works of art by some of the world’s finest artists. Though the fair does not open for another month, several major themes and trends have already began to emerge among the offerings. These themes represent many of the larger trends that can be seen throughout the art world and are referenced in the work of several notable artists.
Focus ASIA 2012 Art Toronto is delighted to announce FOCUS Asia 2012 a continuation of the annual initiative designed to highlight influential topics in contemporary art. Focus ASIA 2012 will feature both established and emerging gallery from the world’s largest continent in a section devoted specifically to contemporary Asian art. This invitation-only section of the fair will be curated by the well-regarded managing editor of Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Zheng Shengtian and independent curator, Katherine Don.
In addition to exhibiting galleries, the curatorial direction of Art Toronto’s flagship exhibition and the commissioned Benefit Edition will highlight art and artists from Asia. A dynamic and engaging program of panel discussions, presentations and docent-led tours will complement these initiatives. Previous topics addressed at Art Toronto include video, the relationship between fashion and art, solo exhibitions by established Canadian artists, a survey of contemporary Austrian art and an examination of emergent practices among young Berlin artists.
Ed Pien Special Limited Edition multiple at MOCCA Booth
A special limited edition multiple by renowned Toronto-based artist Ed Pien will be sold over the course of the fair. Proceeds from the sale will support the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Ed Pien, Leap, 2012, 12″ x 21 ¾” x 1/8″ inches; waterjet-cut metal; Multiple Courtesy of the artist, Birch Libralato, Toronto and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montréal
Installation and site-specific art has been a major current in modern art for many decades. Aaron Taylor Kuffner’s The Gamelatron which will be installed in the entrance hall to the fair. The Gamelatron is the world’s first and only fully robotic gamelan orchestra. This site-specific installation will literally set the tone for visitors as they enter the convention centre and make their way to the main exhibition hall.
At this year’s Opening Night Preview artists Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen will present a new performance piece entitled The Tie Break: Hurdles. The work will re-enact a famous moment in sports history with excruciating detail. The hurdles will be set up throughout the exhibition hall thereby immersing the evening’s guests in the action.
POWER TALKS: Organized by the Power Plant
Power Talks is a co-production of Art Toronto and Toronto’s Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Every year the Power Talks present influential art-world figures who discuss their work in the context of the city’s largest art fair. This year’s talks feature:
* Philip Tinari is Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, an independent museum with an annual viewership of over half a million visitors.
* Nigel Prince is Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.
* Angeline Scherf is the Chief Curator at ARC, the contemporary department of the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris.
For schedule please check: http://www.arttoronto.ca/schedule/