TIAF: Art You Love, But Probably Can't Afford

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TIAF: Art You Love, But Probably Can’t Afford

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Or maybe we’re just being presumptuous in assuming that most Torontoist readers can’t afford $80,000 paintings. If you can, give us a call: we’re free for dinner next Saturday.
The Toronto International Art Fair this weekend was incredible, but overwhelming in size. It’s still open until 7:00 p.m. on Monday and we highly recommend going. There is a great diversity of artists being represented, ranging from Abstract Expressionist masters to recent OCAD graduates who just got their break.
Behind the cut is a quick peek at what was on display at the fair. Our coverage is a bit biased towards installation and sculpture rather than painting, but that’s just because it photographs better.


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Undoubtedly one of the most memorable pieces at the show, this robotic chair by Max Dean, Rafaello D’Andrea and Matt Donovan collapses and reassembles itself. The future is now.
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Check out this cool basketwoven garden hose sculpture by Gareth Lichty in the Peak Gallery space. What’s that in the background?
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An oversized Ziplock container, titled Casket, by Michelle Bellemare.
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So this looks like a painting of some Mark Rothko paintings in a gallery, right?
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But, uh oh! Your eye has been bamboozled by Colour Sings, a piece by Patrick Hughes. The cost of such trickery is $130,000.
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A painting by Yves Gaucher seen through Windfall Oranges by Victor Cicansky at the Mira Godard Gallery.
Their combined price is $117,500.
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OH HAI. I IS FROZEN.
Fugitive Materials #3 by George Vergette.
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Pflanzenatem (The Breathing of Plants) by Klaus Illi and Bettina Bürkle from Lausberg Contemporary.
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Two pieces by Peter Anton, called Special Assortment and Sweetheart Sampler.
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The astoundingly disturbing effect of Troubler, a video installation by Tony Oursler, gave us nightmares.
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We were enchanted by the Katharine Mulherin Gallery space. Pictured is a felt diorama by Heather Goodchild alongside paintings by Seth Scriver.
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It was nearly impossible to notice this tiny icecream cone by Drue Langlois when your eye had adjusted to looking at the predominantly large pieces displayed at the fair. We gave it a thumbs up in order to establish its scale, and awesomeness.

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