ArtStars* is the TMZ of the Toronto art scene, in the good way: easily digestible, super-short, qualm-less videos about what the city’s self-proclaimed artisans have on offer. Torontoist is teaming up with ArtStars* to bring you one new episode a week (more or less).
The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Massive Party draws Bay Street types impoverished for cultural currency (tickets are $125 in advance, $150 at the door), but when we heard Toronto photographer and installation artist Dean Baldwin—who has a show at the AGO, and reeks of a spy film character—was sneaking in the penniless through the kitchen of Frank restaurant as his alternative art project, we offered our two cents in return. After tiptoeing past the dishwasher, we had a catty run-in with mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson in the elevator, heard the bartenders were not tipped well by the well-heeled, and got to see our first flash of silicone breasts (because the people who attend the Massive Party can apparently afford breast implants).
But that’s to come next week. This is the first in a two-part episode of our coverage from the Massive Party, which was too massive to squeeze into one. (Up next is a massive rejection with Matthew Teitelbaum, a massive make-out with Bay Street, a massive splat with the dance floor, and so, so much more…)