Must See Art Shows in Toronto this Spring, Summer, and Fall

Good news art lovers: there is a lot going on in Toronto over the next few months. In addition to the cities many outdoor fairs, the following shows/events look promising.

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ABOVE: Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, 1967, screenprint on paper, 36 x 36 inches

If art is your thing, you may want to mark the following dates in your calendar:

Luminato Festival

Various locations around Toronto, June 19 – 28

The 9th annual festival of arts and creativity takes over Toronto for ten days this summer. The 2015 edition features hundreds of events – with the majority of them being free.

Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror for Today

77 Bloor Street West, July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Canada’s largest collection of Warhol prints and paintings are coming, not to gallery, but to an empty retail space in one of Toronto’s swankiest neighborhoods.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto

Various locations around Toronto, October 3, 2015

At times hit and miss, the concept behind this event is still pretty sound – the city comes alive too.

Art Toronto

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, October 23-26, 2015

Other cities host bigger (and glitzier) fairs, but this one’s still pretty good. A must see for art lovers and buyers.

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free

Art Gallery of Ontario, October 31, 2015 – January 31, 2016

The AGO’s fall blockbuster examines the last 15 years of Turner’s career and features more than 50 works on loan from Tate Britain.

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Gallery Gazing in Toronto

My review of the 14th Annual Toronto International Art Fair (Art Toronto). Far from perfect, but not a total wash.

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ABOVE: RBC Painting Competition Finalist: Sean Weisgerber, Untitled, 2013

Last weekend, galleries from far and wide came to exhibit at the 14th Annual Toronto International Art Fair (Art Toronto). As I am currently without representation, I decided to run a reconnaissance mission to gauge the talent on display.

Although the fair lacked the star power synonymous with shows south of the border, there were several brand name artists up for grabs including Andy Warhol, Jean Paul Riopelle & Damien Hirst.

While I can appreciate a Hirst print as much as the next guy, I found the more expensive art to be amongst the least interesting. As pretty as many of the pieces were, they just weren’t fresh.

That said, there was some tremendous art on display throughout the fair. Below are some of my highlights:

NEXT: By far my favorite part of the whole fair, the NEXT section showcased emerging galleries and artists from across Canada and around the world. The works on display were edgier and more experimental than those in the rest of the fair.

RBC Painting Competition Finalists: While the winners were given a wall all to their own, the finalists could be found in various booths throughout the fair. Two of my favorites were: Sean Weisgerber (Wil Aballe Art Projects) and Tristam Lansdowne (LE Gallery).

Oh Canada: While the heavy hitters of the art world chose not to come, there was plenty of home grown talent on display. Showcasing the work of Mitch Mitchell, Edmonton’s dc3 Art Projects was as good a booth as any.

Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, BC: One of the smallest booths at the fair, owner Wil Aballe brought an eclectic mix of non-traditional pieces to Art Toronto. It worked.