Art Toronto Virtual Preview

This Fall, for the 21st year, the AGO is partnering with Art Toronto, Canada’s Leading Art Fair.

Rather than taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, this renowned fair is developing a new direction with the whole program online, supported by in-gallery events in exhibition spaces across the country. The first day of the fair, October 28 will be a special preview event, in support of the AGO.

Art Toronto Virtual Preview offers guests exclusive access to view and purchase works at the fair before it opens to the public. In addition, guests will be treated to exclusive content and a few surprises throughout the day, including print drops, artist talks, and a virtual DJ set.The funds raised strengthen our collections and exhibitions, grow audiences through engaging public programs, and increase access to welcome more curious minds at the AGO.

You can learn more, and purchase your tickets here.


On Demand

ARTIST TALK: Françoise Sullivan (Virtual)
Presented by Galerie Simon Blais

As part of Art Toronto, Galerie Simon Blais wishes to pay tribute to Françoise Sullivan and to highlight her 8 decades of creation by presenting an exhibition of paintings covering the last 40 years.

Françoise Sullivan first studied painting in the 1940s before joining the Automatistes group formed around Paul-Émile Borduas. But it was dance that would become her subject of creation during the first 30 years of her professional life. She then practiced sculpture throughout the 1960s, followed by photography, video and performance in the 1970s. 

She resumed the practice of painting in the 1980s, without respite, and is more active than ever, even today in 2020. Her career is an incredible phenomenon where one can admire her most recent works and qualify them, without hesitation, as always relevant, and certainly some of the richest of her entire career. 

Our exhibition brings together paintings created between 1980 and 2020, which are also among the most beautiful achievements in painting in Canada in recent years.

We are pleased to present this interview between Françoise Sullivan and Louise Déry, director of Galerie de l'UQAM (Montréal) and a close friend of Sullivan. It is a unique
opportunity to listen to this major artist discuss her career and creative process.

On Demand

IN CONVERSATION: AGO Curators & Gallerists (Virtual)
Presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Listen in as AGO curators interview Art Toronto exhibitors about art, commerce and the challenges facing the sector in this multi-part series. 

Wednesday, October 28
10:00AM EST

EXHIBITION OPENING: Reflourish by Zhuang Hong Yi (In-Gallery)
Presented by Galerie LeRoyer

Hours: 10:00AM - 6:00PM EST
41 Saint-Paul O., Montreal, QC H2Y 1Y6

Wednesday, October 28
10:00AM EST

EXHIBITION OPENING: Majesty by Francisco Valverde (In-Gallery)
Presented by Galerie LeRoyer

10:00AM - 6:00PM EST
Address: 41 Saint-Paul O., Montreal, QC H2Y 1Y6

Wednesday, October 28
10:00AM EST

ARTIST TALK: In conversation with Hua Jin and Iris Amizlev (Virtual)
Presented by La Castiglione 

In conversation with the artist Hua Jin who is having her solo exhibition - Invisibles Forces, in Montreal at Projet Casa, and curated by Iris Amizlev.

Wednesday, October 28
1:00PM EST

GALLERY TOUR: Miriam Shiell Presents  (Virtual/In-Gallery)
Presented by Miriam Shiell Fine Art

For this first digital edition of Art Toronto, Miriam Shiell Fine Art is presenting a number of 'showcases' each with its own theme: "Women in Art", "Materiel", "Colour Block", "Masterclass", along with the work of Dean Drever and Jack Bush. Many of the works are offered for the first time and several are from Miriam Shiell's personal collection that speak to issues that have been of interest for many years. Arriving in Toronto in 1977, Miriam Shiell practiced as an art dealer in various iterations, beginning as Waddington Galleries, Theo Waddington Galleries (1978), Waddington and Shiell (1982) before finally settling into 16A Hazelton Avenue in 1992 as Miriam Shiell Fine Art. Over the years, Miriam Shiell Fine Art has developed as a dealer, buying and selling on our own account and for clients, estates and artists working in the secondary market. Miriam Shiell Fine Art specializes in 20th Century Modern and Post-War Canadian, American, and European Painting, Sculpture, and works on paper.

Address: 16 Hazelton Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 2E2

Wednesday, October 28
2:00PM EST

GALLERY TOUR: Monte Clark Gallery (In-Gallery)
Presented by Monte Clark Gallery

Join Monte Clark as he gives a private tour of his new gallery location. Monte Clark Gallery was established in 1992 and has evolved over the years into one of Canada's most recognized commercial art galleries. The new location in Railtown, Vancouver marks the seventh iteration of the gallery. Small groups of no more than six guests will be given a private viewing of Colleen Heslin's new solo exhibition, as well as a tour of the private viewing rooms and art storage area. Monte will discuss aspects of designing the new gallery space and guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and converse about the artworks on display with the director of one of Canada's longest running commercial galleries. Please note, the gallery observes COVID-19 protocols and requests that you maintain physical distancing and wear a mask while on the tour. Groups will be kept to a minimum to ensure the safety of all.

Address: 53 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A3

Wednesday, October 28
5:00PM EST

ARTIST TALK: Dan Brault, Frankie Gardiner, Stephen Lack, Peter Schuyff, Bahar Taheri and Anna Torma (Virtual)
Presented by Galerie Laroche Joncas

Each artist will produce a short video (5-6 mins each) including presentation of themselves, their work and a description of their pratice.

Wednesday, October 28
6:00PM EST

ARTIST TALK: Power Shifts: Shary Boyle and Rajni Perera on Art and Change-Making (Virtual)
Presented by Art Canada Institute

In this panel discussion, moderated by Sara Angel, artists Shary Boyle and Rajni Perera will reflect on their experiences of navigating cultural distinctions within their collaborative relationships with art institutions, commercial galleries, and with other artists. As settler colonial art and academic institutions strive to be more inclusive of underrepresented artistic practices, they have yet to adequately address and dismantle the power hierarchies that underlie injustice. This discussion will explore the critical need for redrawing relationships between institutions and artists whose work has traditionally been excluded from their spaces, while more broadly considering what is relevant, urgent, and necessary about art in a climate of chaos and uncertainty. Boyle and Perera will also delve into their current processes of producing large-scale artworks in the time of COVID.

Wednesday, October 28
6:00PM EST

GALLERY TOUR: McBride Contemporain (Virtual)
Presented by McBride Contemporain

The public is welcome to come ask questions about the gallery's artists, gallery, and work!

Wednesday, October 28
6:00PM EST

STUDIO VISIT: Laura Findlay (Virtual)
Presented by Jarvis Hall Gallery

Born in Montreal and raised on Vancouver Island, Laura Findlay received a BFA from Concordia University in 2011 and a MFA from the University of Guelph in 2014. Currently she lives in Toronto, Ontario, and maintains a studio in the Dovercourt neighbourhood of the city.In this short video, Finlay invites us into her studio to speaks to the relationships between destruction and creation through confrontations between naturalism and supernaturalism that influence her painting practice.

Wednesday, October 28
6:00PM EST

EXHIBITION OPENING: Mr.Brainwash POP UP presented by Taglialatella Galleries (In-Gallery)
Presented by Taglialatella Galleries

Mr. Brainwash returns Toronto for Canadian exclusive pop-up with Taglialatella Galleries - Toronto. The larger-than-life pop artist's new collection "We're in this Together" will feature his world-famous sculptures, canvases, and neon artworks. We would like to invite VIP guests to an exclusive tour of this Canadian 4,500 sq/f pop-up at 87 Yorkville Avenue. The viewing will be presented by Alan Ganev, director of Taglialatella Galleries, and include wine and canapés.

Address: 99 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C1

Wednesday, October 28
7:00PM EST

ARTIST TALK: The Shifting Nature of Practice with Brendan Fernandes (Virtual)
Presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Join Canadian artist Brendan Fernandes in conversation with Devyani Saltzman, AGO Director of Public Programming, on the nature of how artists are adapting their practices to a pandemic world, especially with regards to online creation. Brendan will be premiering an original digital commission, entitled The Left Space, as part of the AGO’s Fall season on November 6. Join us ahead of the November 6 program.

The Left Space is a new digital commission by internationally renowned artist Brendan Fernandes, created specifically for this moment in time, and for the AGO. The work has been developed and choreographed for the webcam and to interact with the grid formation of Zoom. Custom backdrops and on-and-off camera sequences will intervene in and aesthetically connect a team of dancers from Hit and Run Productions performing from their homes around the world, with collaboration from DJ Karsten Sollors. Reaching out and signaling to one another with the choreography and engaging with protest slogans incorporated into each changing background, the performers and audiences will question the potential for online platforms to re-create the social solidarity experienced in physical gatherings.

Wednesday, October 28
7:00PM EST

STUDIO VISIT: Adam Basanta (Virtual)
Presented by ELLEPHANT

Adam Basanta speaking about his practice from his studio.

Wednesday, October 28
9:00PM EST

DJ SET: Casey MQ (Virtual)
Presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario / Art Toronto

Join us in celebration of the fair, for a live DJ set (and dance party!) with Toronto artist and Club Quarantine co-founder, Casey MQ