Farmboy Fine Arts (FBFA) attended Art Toronto, Canada’s international contemporary and modern art fair, again this year at the end of October. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the city’s downtown core, the fair provides unique access to the Canadian art market and important artworks from leading Canadian and international galleries. Additionally, attendees have access to PLATFORM, Art Toronto’s engaging series of lectures and panel discussions from prominent art world figures.
As one of Canada’s cultural capitals, Toronto is host to a diverse, sophisticated and cosmopolitan arts and culture community. The city is home to Canada’s largest collecting institutions and exhibiting spaces, including the much-celebrated Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Textile Museum of Canada, Gardiner Museum and the internationally-acclaimed contemporary art exhibition space, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
For the art aficionado, Art Toronto is a delight to the senses. Seeing Canada’s ‘Geometric Abstraction’ trailblazer, Claude Tousignant’s bright, bold composition presented by Art Mûr was a highlight. The Montreal-born painter is considered a member of the second generation of Les Plasticiens, an art movement arising in the mid-1950s from a group of artists dedicated to pure form and color, avoiding any kind of meaning or spontaneous expression.
Another long-time FBFA favorite, Graham Gillmore’s playful and earnest paintings captured our attention at Division Gallery with their wit, defiance and charm. The Vancouver-born artist’s text-based works, offering personal and cultural commentaries on the interaction of the visual and the linguistic, wrapped up Art Toronto for us on a humorous and thought-provoking note.
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