Thank you for visiting Art Toronto 2017!

Image: John Edmonds, Untitled (Du-Rag 1), Untitled (Du-Rag 2), and Untitled (Du-Rag 3), 2017. Archival pigment print on Japanese silkl, 50 x 40 inches each. Courtesy of ltd los angeles. Acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

John Edmonds, Untitled (Du-Rag 1), Untitled (Du-Rag 2), and Untitled (Du-Rag 3), 2017. Courtesy of ltd los angeles. Acquired by the AGO.

/Thank you for visiting Art Toronto 2017!

The 18th edition of Canada's international fair for contemporary and modern art closed just yesterday with a record attendance of 23,500 visitors. This year saw strong sales to museum and private collections, along with talks, tours, offsite VIP events, site-specific projects, and a feature on FOCUS: Los Angeles, creating an especially compelling environment at the fair. ​


Tim Pitsiulak. Swimming Bear, 2016. India Ink and colored pencil. 29 ½ x 41 ½ inches. Purchased with Canadian Acquisition Funds. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts. Acquired by the AGO.

Tim Pitsiulak. Swimming Bear, 2016. India Ink and colored pencil. 29 ½ x 41 ½ inches. Purchased with Canadian Acquisition Funds. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts. Acquired by the AGO.

/What was Sold at the Fair

Art Toronto 2017 began with the Opening Night Preview, hosted by the Art Gallery of Ontario on Thursday, October 26, 2017. The evening, which supports acquisitions and AGO programs, raised close to $500,000. This year the AGO purchased four works by Canadian artists Christina Mackie, Tim Pitsiulak, Meryl McMaster, and American artist John Edmonds.

"The quality of Art Toronto this year was really extraordinary. It's not just the best of the Canadian galleries that was shown," says Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. "The AGO always makes purchases at Art Toronto. One of the nice things about the fair is that there's a real range of price points from quite affordable to very expensive, but there's always something we find that's museum quality. Many of our patrons and collectors in Toronto also find something that is really meaningful to them."

Sales were strong throughout the fair as galleries were seen rehanging their booths after the Opening Night Preview. Trépanier Baer from Calgary sold out all works by Ambera Wellmann, winner of the 2017 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Christina Parker from St. John's sold work from David Carsmaker and all other artists. Galerie Division sold several Wanda Koop works; and Galerie Nicolas Robert sold out Andreanne Godin's drawings and pieces by Tristram Lansdowne to collectors, collages by Simone Rochon, photographs by Lorna Bauer and the new paintings on drywall by Pierre Julien. 

“Our first time exhibiting at Art Toronto yielded promising conversations with curators and four sales to collectors who were not previously clients. We sold Isaac Julien’s work to a serious Montreal collector, while paintings by Shannon Finley and weavings by Margo Wolowiec found homes in the Toronto area.” - Jessica Silverman, Jessica Silverman Gallery.

Several Montreal galleries that reported busy sales including Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain who old Meryl McMaster's, Bring me to this place, on opening night to the AGO, as well as the popular Mark Clintberg Not Over You illuminated sculpture; Art Mûr sold an engraved plexiglass piece by Laurent Lamarche; galerie antoine ertaskiran sold work by Julia DaultJessica Eaton and a photograph of the Less is More project by Aude Moreau to a Toronto law firm, as well as sales of several other artists that include Ambera Wellmann, Derek Sullivan, Kim Dorland, Jeanie Riddle, Ken Nicol, and Nicolas Grenier.

West coast galleries reported busy sales as well: Vancouver’s Winsor Gallery sold work by Ben SkinnerCatriona Jeffries sold a Christina Mackie piece to the AGO as well as work by Liz Magor. Other west coast galleries who made sales include Gallery Jones, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art (who sold all hats by Jeneen Frei Njootli), Club Pro Los Angeles, BBQLA, and ltd los angeles who sold John Edmond's Untitled (Du-Rag 1), Untitled (Du-Rag 2), and Untitled (Du-Rag 3) to the AGO on opening night.

“After 8 years in absence from the fair, a time where the gallery has been deeply engaged with our work internationally, our return marks a consideration of the national/local art community in Canada.  There was a very enthusiastic response to the gallery's presence at the fair and an informed engagement to the significant works we are exhibiting. The level of commitment with the collecting community was strong as with our museum colleagues.” - Catriona Jeffries, Catriona Jeffries

TD Canada purchased several pieces including Divya Mehra from Georgia Scherman Projects and Esmaa Mohamoud's SO, SO HEAVY (HOOP DREAMS) from ltd los angeles.

Other galleries who made notable sales include: Oeno Gallery who sold Lawren HarrisSusan Eley Fine Art who sold four sets of Francie Hester pieces, Downs & Ross (New York), Marión Gallery (Panama), Christopher Cutts (Toronto), Feheley Fine Arts who sold Swimming Bear by Tim Pitsiulak to the AGO, Han Art (Montreal),  Odon Wagner Contemporary (Toronto), Galerie de Bellefeuille (Montreal & Toronto), MULHERIN (Toronto), Mayberry Fine Art (Toronto & Winnipeg), and Studio 21 Fine Art (Halifax). 

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/Thank You to Our Sponsors

We would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in Art Toronto 2017: all our galleries, sponsors, museum and cultural partners, and art publications - we could not have done it without you! 

The fair would like to thank Presenting Sponsor, RBC; Show Sponsor, AXA ART; Supporting Sponsors Mindham Fine Jewerly and Samsung; Lead Partners, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Art, Drake Catering, and ARTSY; Partners, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada, The Power Plant Contemporary Art GalleryThe Drake Hotel, 2/edition, the Art Dealers Association of CanadaMuseum Pros, Turon Travel and Aesop; Design Partners, Blackwell StudiosFIRM a.d.Wayne Swadron Interiors Ltd., Drechsel Studio, LaqFoilRoche BoboisValleyview Gardens and Emblem flowers. 

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Art Toronto 2017 Fair Highlights

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