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

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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

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