New Yorkville gallery opens as T.O. nabe goes gaga for art
N.Y.C.’s Taglialatella Galleries open Canada’s only outpost by Mackenzie Patterson
The art scene in Toronto is on fire with galleries large and small breaking new ground in the city.
We have internationally acclaimed street artists designing giant murals on the sides of buildings, a Banksy exhibit and additional Banksy works on display in Yorkville. The Museum of Contemporary Art is set to open next month, and thanks to the club king of Toronto, Charles Khabouth, we have a new outpost of the gritty New York City-based Taglialatella Galleries.
The gallery showcases a colourful blend of contemporary pop art by a mix of big-name artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, the French pixelation genius Invader, Jeff Koons, Nancy Ellison and Russell Young.
Young is a British pop artist who creates glamorous, diamonddusted screen prints of stars like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn.
He says he’s thrilled to have his art featured in Toronto’s Taglialatella Galleries, and he’s grateful to have been able to work with Dominic Taglialatella for so many years.
“I could not be happier,” Young says. “Dom Taglialatella has represented me for over a decade, and he has done nothing but support and encourage my career.”
Young says Taglialatella gives him physical wall space on a regular basis, which is refreshing for an artist living in the digital age.
“Every gallery has an Internet presence these days, but I really like to support galleries that have physical wall space. There are less and less galleries that do that,” he says. “Without a wall to hang paintings on, I’m producing stuff and selling it online, which seems really pointless and soulless to me.”
Ink Entertainment CEO Charles Khabouth and the president of the company, Danny Soberano, partnered in the gallery with their longtime friend and founder of Taglialatella Galleries, Dominic Taglialatella.
It is Canada’s first location and sits next to Khabouth’s new Yorkville restaurant Sofia, also pretty well bedazzled with art from Khabouth’s own collection.
Both Khabouth and Soberano have been art collectors for years now, so the gallery is a passion project for the partners.
Khabouth says that, although he knows the gallery will eventually be a profitable business decision, the project really arose from his friendship with Taglialatella and his love of the art world.
“For Danny and I, it’s not really a business as much as something we have been in love with for many years,” Khabouth says.
“We grew up looking at art and the minute we were able to afford art, we started buying art. This project came out of a friendship with Dom. We’re only here because we became friends, and Danny and I are only partners because we were friends. That’s how we want to continue our lives.”
Taglialatella says that although he will always work to preserve art history through education, he knows that social media has irrevocably changed the art world.
“Instagram is everything. The younger generation’s lives are social media and what’s cool today,” Taglialatella says.
“A young couple lives together: they get one of these beautiful condos, their walls are white. They’re not going to put up trees and villages. They want cool, hip stuff. They come to Charles’s clubs because of that,” he says
Taglialatella Galleries is located at 99 Yorkville Ave. The gallery will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and contemporary art expert Alan Ganev will oversee the venue.
Artist Russell Young in front of his work at Toronto’s Taglialatella Galleries