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What’s On: Art Toronto 2013’s Opening Night Preview & AGO curator talk

October 22nd, 2013

Tom Sokoloski, All the Artists Are Here (rendering), 2013.

Tom Sokoloski, All the Artists Are Here (rendering), 2013.

Art Toronto is Canada’s only international art fair, bringing together artists, collectors, curators and galleries from far and wide. As in previous years, Art Toronto’s Opening Night Preview, taking place Oct. 24, will raise funds for the Art Gallery of Ontario that help support our exhibition and education programs, with a portion of the proceeds going to purchase works of art at the fair. For example, the Gallery acquired three pieces at Art Toronto in 2007, 10 new works in 2010, and last year we picked up these three works, by artists Julia Dault, Stephen Andrews and Itee Pootoogook.

In addition to supporting the AGO, Opening Night Preview attendees also get to experience a special night that celebrates art with live performances and installations. This year’s event will feature:

  • Relating to Geography #2 (Toronto Art Fair) by Victoria Stanton and Johannes Zits, a video-projection performance presented in a series 15-minute “chapters” over a period of two hours. The piece — consisting of images projected upon various moving screens — draws from the pair’s performance this summer on Toronto Island entitled Embodying Nature: Relating to Geography (Island Version #1) and speaks to notions of connectedness, attentive presence, personal and collective memory and sense of place;
  • All the Artists Are Here by Thom Sokoloski, a suspended wall installation of black and white photo portraits of the artists that the public will see upon entering the fair. Passing through the installation, visitors can scan QR codes with their smartphones to learn more about the artists, their work, which gallery represents them and their booths’ locations at the fair; and
  • Disorganizers by Kurt Bigenho — presented by p|m Gallery — a Disorganized Fashion Collection worn by models wandering the fair. Pieces in the collection include a dress that can be inflated in seconds to provide more personal space, a series of masks that can be worn to “jam” facial recognition software, clothing that falls apart and a shirt that can be worn by multiple people at once, among others.

What can I do at the Opening Night Preview?
Guests get exclusive access to view and purchase works at the fair before it opens to the public. (Visit Art Toronto’s Artsy page to browse 2013 exhibitors.) Of course, it’s a party! So you will also have the opportunity to socialize with artists, collectors and art enthusiasts and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.


The Art Toronto 2013 Opening Night Preview takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2013, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Special Collectors’ Preview is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.). To book tickets click here.


TALK

The Art Gallery of Ontario not only houses fascinating collections, it is also the home to leading experts who love to share their passion for art. This year, the theme of the AGO booth is “curator picks” and so we tapped AGO curators about their favorite contemporary Canadian artists – the names they’re excited about and the artworks on their own personal wish lists. Join us for an intimate talk with three AGO curators and participating artists to learn what these tastemakers have to say about the contemporary Canadian art scene.

Date: Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Art Gallery of Ontario Art Toronto booth (#1408)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Presenting:
Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art
Greg Humeniuk, Curatorial Assistant, Canadian
Sasha Suda, Associate Curator, European Art
Nick Ostoff, artist
Adam Markovic, artist

What to see and do at Art Toronto 2012’s Opening Night Preview

October 10th, 2012

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A selection of the work you can see at Art Toronto 2012

Art Toronto — the Toronto International Art Fair — is Canada’s only international art fair, bringing together artists, collectors, curators and galleries from far and wide. In 2012, Art Toronto is focusing on Asia’s incredible contemporary art scene and, as in previous years, its Opening Night Preview on Oct. 25 will raise funds for the Art Gallery of Ontario. Last year’s preview raised over $265,000 (net); funds raised at the event help support the AGO’s exhibition and education programs, with a portion of the proceeds going to purchase works of art at the Fair. For example, the Gallery acquired these three works at the fair in 2007. In 2010, we added 10 new works from the Fair to our collection.

In addition to supporting the AGO, Opening Night Preview attendees also get to experience a special night that celebrates art with live performances and installations. This year’s event will feature:

  • A 635 CSi BMW Art Car designed by Pop Art star Robert Rauschenberg (7:30 pm). Created in 1986, this is the first time the car will be exhibited in Canada;
  • Gamelatron, a project by A Taylor Kuffner and The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots that draws on the millennium-old sonic tradition of Indonesia, gamelan, as well as robotics, to construct “the world’s first and only fully robotic gamelan orchestra“; and
  • A brand new performance at 7 and 8:30 p.m. by Tibi Tibi Neuspiel and Geoffrey Pugen called Hurdles — watch the video below for a sneak peek. The pair have created many memorable performance pieces, including The Tie Break, in which the pair re-created shot-by-shot the 1980 Wimbledon final match between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe for Nuit Blanche 2011 crowds.

What can I do at the Opening Night Preview?
Guests get exclusive access to view and purchase works at the Fair before it opens to the public. (See the above slideshow for a taste of the amazing art available at Art Toronto this year.) Of course, it’s a party! So you will also have the opportunity to socialize with artists, collectors and art enthusiasts and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.


The Art Toronto 2012 Opening Night Preview takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. To book tickets click here.

For more information about Art Toronto 2011 please visit tiafair.com.


October #ArtHour: Join the AGO and Art Toronto for a chat on art collecting

October 9th, 2012

On Thursday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with Art Toronto and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about art collecting. We hope you’ll take part!

Buying art can be a complicated task, and for new collectors it can raise many difficult-to-answer questions. What are your reasons for buying art? From whom? What kind? What’s a fair price? And where should you start looking?

Each year, Art Toronto offers insight into collecting and the contemporary art world. This year’s programming lineup includes talks and tours by dealers, collectors, curators and artists on subjects like getting a collection started, buying the work of emerging artists and Toronto’s art scene. The AGO is taking part, too, with a panel discussion on art prizes, a curator-led tour focusing on the work of women artists exhibited at Art Toronto, an advice-heavy tour from our Art Rental + Sales Gallery staff and more.

With their expertise, we’re glad to have the Art Toronto team as our co-hosts on Oct. 11 for a Twitter chat that explores the following questions:

Q1 What questions should you ask when buying artwork?
Q2 What are your tips for novice collectors?
Q3 Where do you buy artwork (auctions, fairs, galleries, etc.)?
Q4 When buying the work of emerging artists, what do you look for?
Q5 What was the first piece of art you ever bought or wanted to buy?
Q6 What value do you think art collecting has in our communities?

The person who contributes the most to this month’s #ArtHour will win a pair of passes to attend Art Toronto 2012 (Oct. 26-29), as well as three books on the AGO’s special collections.

Nice To Tweet You

HOW TO TAKE PART

What #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When Thursday, October 11, 11 a.m. – noon EST (takes place the second Thursday of every month).
Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @ArtToronto for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.
Who #ArtHour is for everyone: galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @ArtToronto will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for our October #ArtHour. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.

Early Access to Art Toronto 2011

October 26th, 2011

Art Toronto 2011

It’s that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the weather’s turning chilly and once again Toronto is once again playing host to Canada’s only modern and contemporary international art fair.

Art Toronto, now in its 12th year, is a four-day art exhibition and sale. Featuring over 1000 artists from 109 leading and emerging galleries, it’s a chance to see some of the art world’s top talent and grab some new pieces for your collection. Representatives from the AGO will be there tomorrow night and we’ll be looking for some new pieces to add to our permanent collection.

If, like us, you want early access to the art and a chance to mingle with the artists, you should join us for the Opening Night Preview. It takes place tomorrow night from 6.30pm – 10pm and is a fundraising event to support our operations and educational programs. You’ll get to see the fair before everyone else as well as enjoying cocktails, nibbles and an electric atmosphere.

Toronto artist Derek Liddington will be presenting the installation Dandy Gangs: A Working Class Art Story.

“The Fluxus-gang-dance will engage Art Toronto guests, as two groups of dancers interact through choreography based on early Fluxus happenings, scenes from West Side Story and operatic interpretations of rock n’ roll and hip-hop ballads,” said Derek.

“Viewers will watch as opposing dandy-gangs entangle in scenarios of territorial misunderstanding, conflict, tension and resolution… Gang members will be presented as caricatures melding fashions and attitudes borrowed from the flâneur, Russian Constructivist’s, dandy and punk; likening the performers to the portrayal of gang culture and conflict in the futuristic film The Warriors, as well as the cultural phenomenon of flash-mobs.”

Our Artist-In-Residence Paul Butler will be hosting one of his infamous collage parties in The Collage Party Pavillion. Collage Party is a performative collage-making event that has taken place in cities around the world for over ten years. Over the 4-day period of the fair, the Collage Party will produce objects and situations in a wide-range of media, from complex, mixed-media performance art events to the most sublime, intimate form of cut-and-paste collages using nothing more than mass media publications, scissors and adhesives. And on Saturday afternoon he’ll be staging a takeover of the AGO Twitter account to bring you a first-hand artist’s eye view of Art Toronto.

For more information about Art Toronto 2011 please visit http://www.tiafair.com/.
To book tickets for the Opening Night Preview click here.