TIAF: Art Toronto 2009

October 23rd, 2009

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Since we started the week off with art, it seems fitting to end it with art as well. On Thursday we were invited to a special media preview of the 10th Toronto International Art Fair. I have to admit, it was lovely being there almost by ourselves and as such we were able to get a lot of photos to share with you and to entice you to check it out this weekend. Everything is for sale. Yes, even Michael Snow, Betty Goodwin…the mid-century classics as well as Douglas Coupland, Annie Pootoogook, Ian Carr-Harris and other contemporary nationally-recognized artists…all with a more affordable crop of emerging Toronto talent!

The details:

Toronto International Art Fair
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building, Exhibit Halls A & B

255 Front Street W, Toronto

Hours
Friday October 23 12-8
Saturday October 24 12 -8
Sunday October 25 12-6
Monday October 26 12-6

General Admission – $18
Groups, Students and Seniors – $14
4-day pass – $44
Children under 10 – FREE

In the following images, we share with you some of our favourites. As to who they are or where they are from (partially because over half weren’t even labeled yet), you’ll have to pop on over to the TIAF to find out for yourself. It’s worth it!

A selection from Art Toronto’s 2009 flagship exhibition Heart land, curated by Jeffrey Spalding:

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It reads, “MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS LOOK AT ALL THE LINES”.

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I could totally hazard a guess at who the artist is but just in case I won’t. We love graphic black and white art though!

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A work by Nick and/or Sheila Pye.

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Work by Shary Boyle.

Click to see more after the jump!

The following are some pieces that stood out to us, most of which are on the west side of the convention centre (get off the escalators and head to your left). This side also had the emerging artist section, which we tend to be especially interested in.

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We are dying to get our hands on some colourful and graphic art.

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A very cool piece by Ian Carr-Harris. There were three, and they use books by Canadian artists like Krieghoff with a lightbox behind the images. At Susan Hobbs Gallery.

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Also from Susan Hobbs Gallery.

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By artist Ramon Pous Landa (shown at Antena Estudio from Mexico City).

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Loved the moodiness of the photo along with the graphic punch of gold.

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A bit of an ode to suburbia.

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A little bit of MJ from Paul Petro Contemporary Art.

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Another piece from Paul Petro Contemporary Art.

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We loved this dreamy piece by Asako Shimizu from Tokyo’s Wada Garou Co. Ltd.

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The intricately detailed work of Luke Painter from Angell Gallery.

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Douglas Coupland!

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Some pieces from the mid-section of the fair that are from 25-60 years ago. Seeing mid-century art in one place you can really appreciate the dominant colour schemes of the time. Make like the phenomenal Art Gallery of Ontario and buy pieces by artists that grace its walls.

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Fancy a Betty Goodwin piece? Wish I knew the price because I do!

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Paterson Ewen!

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Michael Snow! Walking Woman, a Canadian classic!

The Territory of Nunavut is even represented:

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Some artists that we own:

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Beverley Owens: I bought three encaustic pieces from her about 4 years ago at an art fair.

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Joshua Jensen-Nagle: I bought my first piece from him at the same art fair, titled Grasses and Grains. John and I picked up another monumental piece from him about a year and a half ago. Check him out in this month’s issue of House & Home Magazine where there is a 3 page artist focus on him!

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John picked up the piece on the left 2 years ago at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition when artist Zoe Jaremus was just out of school and showing in the student section. He bought the piece, titled Untitled 4, from Strange and Awkward Conversations, for about $120. It is now at the Bau-Xi Gallery and priced at $1300. Which just goes to show that it is a good thing investing in emerging talent as you help propell them to the next level.

Finally, we couldn’t help but notice some of the stylish furniture holding fort in various gallery booths – please excuse the mess, they were still in the process of setting up:

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Yup, it’s massive. Plan to spend at least a few hours, if not more. But there is definitely some amazingly tempting pieces at the show. And if you should happen to be so lucky as to acquire one while you are there, please please do share with us!

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