Art Toronto 2018 | Oct 26 - 29



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Thank you for visiting Art Toronto 2018

Once again, Canada's international fair for contemporary and modern art fair drew over 23,000 art collectors, gallerists, artists and art enthusiasts. Art Toronto visitors enjoyed expansive displays of artwork alongside an array of programming, while exhibitors experienced strong sales to institutions, and private and corporate collections. ​



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What sold at the fair?

Art Toronto kicked things off on Thursday, October 25 with the Opening Night, a benefit gala for the Art Gallery of Ontario. The funds raised during the evening support AGO exhibitions, programming and artwork acquisitions. This year the AGO acquired two works: Ken Nicol’s, Field II, June 27 – September 7, 2017 (Olga Korper Gallery) and Sonny Assu’s Re-Invaders: Digital Intervention on an Emily Carr Painting (Indian Church, 1929), 2018 (Equinox Gallery).

“We are tremendously grateful for our partnership with Art Toronto, which provides essential support for the AGO’s robust program of collection development, exhibitions and public programs,” says Julian Cox, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario. “The fair provides a special opportunity for the Toronto public to see exciting and rare works by an international array of artists, represented by galleries from across Canada, the United States and Europe.”

The constant rehanging of booths throughout the fair suggested successful sales this year. The strength in sales was confirmed after speaking with exhibitors and collectors.

"RBC continued to actively collect works for their collection - this year with focused support on new and emerging galleries including acquisitions from Franz Kaka, Unit 17 and Zalucky Contemporary,” says Corrie Jackson, Senior Curator, RBC (Art Toronto Presenting Sponsor).

Toronto galleries saw much success with sales including Georgia Sherman Projects, who sold works by every artist represented at her booth including Esmaa Mohamoud, Divya Mehra, Sandra Brewster, Suzy Lake, Melanie Authier, Spring Hurlbut and Jen Aitken; an important Jean Paul Lemieux was sold by Roberts Gallery to a private collector; MKG17 sold works by Kristiina Lahde, Roula Partheniou, Liza Eurich, Bill Burns, Michael Dumontier and Monica Tap; Works by Shuvinai Ashoona, Saimaiyu Akesuk and Padloo Samayualie were sold by Feheley Fine Arts; Miriam Shiell Fine Art sold Charles Gagnon’s Shooting Gallery, 1961 to a prominent private collector in Toronto for approximately $450,000; and Rajni Pererea’s Traveller 2 was acquired by TD Art Collection from Project Gallery while the gallery’s SOLO booth by Tessar Lo also saw the sale of an oversized canvas to a private collector in Toronto for $16,000.

TrépanierBaer (Calgary) had a successful year and is well on its way to over half a million dollars in sales. All four vintage works, 1965–1968, by Iain Baxter&, one of Canada’s top pioneering conceptual artists, were sold to private collectors. A major Canadian institution acquired Knocking Hangers, Luanne Martineau’s latest monumental. Works by DaveandJenn, Agnes Martin, Michael Smith amongst others were placed in collections and several and more significant works by Iain Baxter&, Marcel Barbeau, and Oscar Cahen are expected to be confirmed this week.
 

Michael Gibson Gallery (London) sold Greg Curnoe’s work, View from the Most Southerly Window on the East Wall, 1969-1970. The work is one of eight paintings with audio components that Curnoe painted of his studio windows. Originally exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1976, this painting is the last one in private hands.

Several Montreal galleries reported busy sales including Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, selling out of seven paintings by emerging artist Cindy Phenix and had TD Art Collection acquire two sculptures by Karen Tam as well as Thunderbird Moccassins, 2011 by Maria Hupfield; Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain sold multiples of Mark Clintberg’s An Object of Irrational Fascination, 2018; several major works by Erin Shirreff were sold by Parisian Laundry to private collectors in Toronto and Montreal; and Galerie Simon Blais sold Francoise Sulivan’s oil on canvas, Proportio 15, 2015 for $25,500 to Andrew Dunn, a trustee of the McMichael, as a promised gift to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Galleries from the west coast connected with local collectors reporting a number of successful sales: in addition to the sale of the Sonny Assu piece acquired by the AGO, Equinox Gallery (Vancouver) also sold Mountain, 1933 by Emily Carr for approximately $400,000 as well as Winter Painting #5, 2016 by Gordon Smith for approximately $150,000; Anat Ebgi (Los Angeles) sold a number of painting to private and corporate collections including three works by Neil Raitt, three works by Jordan Nassar as well as Girl with Daisies, 2017-2018 by Janet Werner; Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (Los Angeles) sold Centurion Self Portrait, 1984 by Jim Adams to collector Kenneth Montague; Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco) sold three works by Judy Chicago as well as two sculptures by Woody de Othello; Fazakas Gallery (Vancouver) sold works by Charlene Vickers; Franc Gallery (Vancouver) sold two works by Hank Bull; and Gregory Lind Gallery (San Francisco) had a successful year including the sale of seven works by Karla Wozniak and Jake Longstreth to private and corporate collectors.

 

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Thank you to our Sponsors

We would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in Art Toronto 2018: the visitors, exhibitors, sponsors, design partners, cultural partners and publication partners—we could not have done it without you! 

The fair would like to thank Presenting Sponsor, RBC; Show Sponsors, AXA and Samsung The Frame; Supporting Sponsor Mindham Fine Jewerly and; Lead Partners, Art Gallery of OntarioCanadian ArtDrake Catering, and ARTSY; Partners, The Power Plant Contemporary Art GalleryMuseum ProsArt Dealers Association of CanadaTuron Travel, 3/edition, Aesop, and Flow Water; and Design Partners, Nicole Engelmann, DCSK, Emblem, Roche Bobois, and Valleyview Gardens. ​

 

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