Gregory Scott “Dialogue” (2011) archival digial print, oil on panel & HD video. at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.
Toronto International Art Fair’s 12th edition took place between October 28-31 2011, in the city’s main Convention Centre, officially ranking as one of the biggest events on Canadian cultural calendars.
Within the context of Canada’s limited art market, TIAF proposed a commendable program of exhibiting galleries, ensuring an unhurried but confident progress from the figures of previous years. A total of 109 commercial galleries took part in 2011, 72 of which Canadian, perhaps enough to look into this event as a cross-section of the nation’s recent artistic activities. The remaining fair booths represented cities such as New York, London, Berlin and Dublin, adding a welcomed international flavour to the overall show. At the closing of the fair last weekend, it’s estimated the paid attendance has risen to above 18,000, with art sales at around CAN$20 million.
Installation view including works by Derek Sullivan and Luis Jacob from the special onsite projects “Everything Must Go” at last year’s Toronto International Art Fair 2010. Image via BlogTO.
The 12th edition of Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF) kicks off on 28 October, showcasing over 100 galleries across Canada, USA, Mexico and Europe. Compared to the rising scale of mega fairs like Art Basel and Armory, TIAF weighs into a somewhat modest division, even frugal in terms of the international hype generated. Mind you, an effort was made to spark up some glamour last year, in laying out their red carpet entrance. Seriously though, TIAF has slowly but surely grown in reputation over the last few years, firstly for the quality of the works on offer. Various new programs are being designed this year to survey contemporary Canadian art, including a talk with Denise Markonish, curator of the much anticipated exhibition “Oh, Canada” at MASS MoCA in May 2012. Other activities include theme-based guided tours such as Quebec galleries, photography galleries, and so on. Furthermore, the audience can explore onsite projects such as “The Art Game” by Toronto based artist Kent Monkman, a performative event “Collage Party” by Winnipeg based Paul Butler and many more.