Toronto Art Explosion
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Toronto Art Explosion

2005_11_2shanghai.jpgTwo major art fairs in town this week mean that it’ll be hard to wander around Toronto without hitting an artist, critic, art dealer, patron or hanger on of some sort.
First there’s the Toronto International Art Fair (Nov. 3-7, $16), which is arguably the best use of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre that we’ve seen (sorry comic book fans and sci-fi geeks). It sure beats all those car shows and dentists’ conventions.
Torontoist highly recommends the China Rising segment curated by Shengtian Zheng, who was a co-curator of the Shanghai Bienalle and is bringing out an impressive roster of Chinese artists to Toronto. We’re intrigued at maybe chatting with our long distance sister bloggers over at Shanghaiist through Jin Jiangbo’s Third Eye installation (pictured) which connects the TIAF with the Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai.
Torontoist also recommends the Video Lounge which will include works by notable Canadian video artists like Paul Wong, Vera Frenkel and Zacharias Kunuk.
Across town there’s the Toronto Alternative Art Fair International. Smaller, more intimate (held at galleries around Queen West, the Drake and the Gladstone) the TAAFI also seems like one big giant party. Stink Mitt and Will Munro are at the opening night gala (the Gladstone, Nov. 3, $10), the Goethe Institute co-presents an Urban Industrial night on Friday at the Drake. All of this is capped off by Peaches at Big Primpin’, Saturday night at the Drake.
Oh wait, there’s art too. People like “Best Installation Artist” Allyson Mitchell, wrestling fan/artist Scott McEwan and Bruce LaBruce’s paean to women.