Friday, October 26, 2012

Art Toronto 2012

#Toronto celebrates the arts with the international art fair held from October 26 to 29, 2012 in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. On Thursday October 25 they had an opening night preview of Art Toronto where I had the opportunity to view the incredible breadth of art and also met many of the artists and plenty of friendly art patrons.
I think these guys are ready to buy!

BMW was one of the major sponsors of the event along with RBC Wealth Management and AXA ART Insurance. You can see more of my my photos of the unveiling of the Robert Rauschenberg BMW Art Car here.
The hall was filled with paintings, photographs and art installations
Ann-Louise Seago with AXA ART Insurance which was a presenting sponsor
A Thousand Desires by Ravikumar Kashi from Gallery Sumukha

The show was a great mix of paintings, photographs, art installations and sculptures.

"Art Toronto – formerly the Toronto International Art Fair – is the largest art fair in Canada and is known by members of the international arts community as a world class gathering on par with its predecessors in the United States and Europe. With exhibitors from five continents, Art Toronto is truly international and over the years it has become a “must-do” for top galleries from the world’s culture capitals. This year’s fair features a major presence by galleries from Japan, Israel, Korea, the United Kingdom, Spain, and India, among others."

 See more art after the jump.

Aura, a 52 inch diameter gong by Mathieu Beausejour from Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran
Galerie owner Antoine Ertaskiran
Y Alicia by Julio Nieto from Villa Del Arte Galleries

Getting a close look at Queen Elizabeth: Lightness of Being by Chris Levine

Stephen LeDrew, Political Analyst with CP24 and former President of the Liberal Party 

Begbie figures from Elliott Louis Gallery

Joining artist Dominik Sokolowski in front of his painting

John Wayne by Alex Queral from Projects Gallery

The LeRoyer Gallery

Cloudscape by Xiaojing Yan

Friends gather in front of Andy Warhol's portrait of Barbara Molasky

Rosalind (Roz) Joseph and Tannie Ng of AXA Art - Caring For Collectibles
A playful couple share a quick hug
Creation of Adam after Michealangelo by Vivek Vilasini from the Gallery Sumukha
The opening was very well attended and last years' event saw art purchases of approximately $15 million dollars. The opening night preview is a benefit for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and tickets to the fundraiser were $200.
Various works by Paresh Maity from Gallery Sumukha
Intertwined shrimp ring
Glass skull from the Antena Estudio Gallery
Works from the Charlie James Gallery
Health by Jakkai Siributr from Tyler Rollins Fine Art

An ART interview in progress
A white Darth Vader lays melted on the floor: Born Again from Diaz Contemporary

Lady in horsehead

Mixed media work by Zac Freeman from Woolff Gallery
Figures from the Woolff Gallery
Standing by the Shattered Sphere by Brent Comber, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
Blueleaf Gallery

Portrait toast in the Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery

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