Since launching in 2000, Art Toronto is an annual art fair that brings international modern and contemporary to Canada. This is often where museums and major private collections view work and make purchases. It’s an exciting event that brings together galleries, panel discussions, site-specific installations and artist talks.
This year, Art Toronto will feature a curated selection of Latin American galleries, an interview with an FBI former investigator for the National Art Crime Team and a special exhibit of video art. For the opening night on October 22nds, artists are gearing up to show work while collectors and gallerists prepare for sales. Everyone is stressing out about what to wear.
Keep scrolling to see four artists that we know will be exhibiting at this year’s Art Toronto. Each artist makes unique work and they’re all on the cusp of getting international recognition that they deserve.
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Maura Doyle uses ceramics and collage to engage with forms of the everyday. She transforms things from mundane to fantastic with slightness and subtly.
Ken Nicol concurrently has his first solo show with Olga Korper Gallery up during the time of the fair. A self-proclaimed sufferer of ‘Compulsive Obsessive Order,’ Nicol takes on the minimalist gesture with attitude, enthusiasm and labour.
Kris Knight has recently gained worldwide notoriety for being the artist who inspired Gucci’s fall 2014 collection and went on to collaborate with the fashion house by creating some fabric designs for the 2015 Cruise Collection. Before that, he has always been Toronto painter’s painter darling. He makes paintings with a tender hand and magnificent eye for color that makes you swoon for the worlds he creates full of young men in a place that is unabashedly romantic.
Joanne Todd is an established painter with a long and varied career based in Toronto. She is a professor at the University of Toronto. Her recent work uses minimal paint application to create stunning and complex realist architectural depictions. Focusing on spaces that feel familiar and sometimes institutional she makes even the most frequented hallways into spectral corridors. She also has a solo exhibition at Nicholas Metivier Gallery happening at the same time as the fair.