New and Notable Gallerists
Must-see booths at Art Toronto
There are plenty of new faces—and exciting returning faces —at Art Toronto this year. With more than 100 galleries represented at this year’s event, there are plenty of first-time exhibitors making their debut this fall, and they hail from across North America. Some galleries are closer to Toronto, like Oeno Gallery in Bloomfield, but there are plenty from farther afield, like Vancouver’s Franc Gallery, so visitors will have a chance to make new finds from across the continent. Also on the docket for new faces: Galerie 3 from Quebec City and, in the Cultural Partners section, the Canada Council Art Bank will be exhibiting at the fair for the first time.
For exhibitors like Catriona Jeffries and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, both from Vancouver, and Erin Stump Projects and Susan Hobbs Gallery, both from Toronto, this year marks an exciting return to the fair. Here, we speak to a few of the first-time exhibitors about what they’re bringing and what they’re looking forward to.
1 JARVIS HALL GALLERY “Being from out west, there is a built in sense of alienation that this country’s geography imparts on us. I know JHG represents artists that are not always known in other parts of the country, and I like the idea of taking charge. We’re taking our artist Robin Arseneault to Toronto, and sharing this fantastic work with fresh eyes. Having visited Art Toronto, I have always been struck by the sheer number of interested audiences.” —Jarvis Hall, director
2 MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY ”I’m presenting a solo show of work by Jennifer Lefort, who’s based in Gatineau. I became familiar with her work several years ago during a fair in Basel, Switzerland, and I’m interested in showcasing her in her home country—i love the work, and it’s always nice to have an artist from the country you’re showing in.” —Mindy Solomon, director
3 JESSICA SILVERMAN GALLERY “We will present a curated booth called ‘Atmospheres,’ featuring works by Judy Chicago (the legendary feminist artist), Ian Wallace (the Vancouver-based master of photoconceptualism), Isaac Julien (the award-winning British filmmaker and photographer), Hugh Scott-douglas (a young Toronto/new York–based artist) and Margo Wolowiec (a Detroit-based artist who works in the cross-section of high tech and tapestry). The booth will create a lively conversation between historic works by older artists and new work by younger ones.”—jessica Silverman, owner/director
4 L’INCONNUE ”I’m planning on having a more curated booth—i’m bringing young, Canadian artists who are living abroad, and most of whom have never been shown at Art Toronto before. As a new gallery, my intention is to boost Canadian representation in terms of galleries and artists abroad, and in order to do so I have to have a strong base and a following domestically. I figured Art Toronto is the best fair for that within Canada.” —Leila Greiche, director
5 DILLON + LEE ”Two or three years ago, when art-fair expansion was at its peak, we experienced fair fatigue and realized that much of the same collectors travel from fair to fair, creating a strange, insular bubble. We took a step back and decreased the number of fairs. Canada, while close to the US, is still a different world, and we hope that it will draw different kinds of collectors who we are excited to share our art with, as well as learn from.” —Diana Lee, partner
2 2 Jennifer Lefort LAYERS 2016
1 1 Robin Arseneault MASK WITH DECAY 2016
3 3 Isaac Julien TRUE NORTH SERIES 2004
5 5 Humans since 1982 A MILLION TIMES 61C 2014
4 4 Larissa Lockshin FIG III 2016