International Galleries at Art Toronto 2015
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International Galleries at Art Toronto 2015

Every fall, the Art Toronto festival brings the world's top galleries to the 6ix. We rounded up our top picks for this weekend's fest.

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In the art world, autumn is the busiest time of year. There are hundreds of exhibitions, parties, talks, panels and auctions all over the city. After a sleepy summer, it takes a few weeks to remember that this happens every year.

Art Toronto, Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art, brings the city’s top galleries together under one roof from October 23-26. Beyond local offerings, it gives Torontonians a chance to find art from international galleries that one would normally have to travel to see.

This year, there are 15 new international art galleries exhibiting established and emerging work at the festival, making Art Toronto the easiest way to get a glimpse of what’s happening in Tokyo, Paris, Lima, Mexico City and Frankfurt art scenes. Many of the visiting galleries show work only from their country as a way to expose their artists to different markets.

Here are our picks of the international galleries at Art Toronto 2015 that are most worth exploring:

MA2 Gallery
Tokyo, Japan

Nobuaki Onishi  koppu, 2015

Nobuaki Onishi. koppu, 2015

Located in a Tokyo neighbourhood known for its beer, MA2 Gallery shows minimalist pieces that contrast with its home building’s stunning architecture, favouring small works that ask the viewer to peer in and experience a little window to another world. The solo exhibit at Art Toronto will feature paintings by Kyoto artist Nobuaki Onishi. His hyperrealistic images of everyday objects express his doubt that people know the difference between the real and the artificial in this age of mass digitalization.

Galerie Anita Beckers
Frankfurt, Germany

Dierk Maass  On the Rocks #1, 2011

Dierk Maass. On the Rocks #1, 2011

There’s a clear mandate for Galerie Anita Beckers to promote young artists working with video. The exhibit for Art Toronto will feature a variety of landscapes expressed in digital mediums. Keep an eye out for Torontonian Callum Schuster’s “Monochrome Diaries” series.

Modus Art Gallery
Paris, France

Zhuang Hong Yi Blue to yellow , 2015

Zhuang Hong Yi. Blue to yellow, 2015.

Modus Art Gallery features work by established and emerging artists from all over the world. This particular exhibit appears to be curated for originality rather than style or discipline, which creates an eclectic collection. Recent exhibitions include bronze sculptures by Jesus Curia, rice paper on canvas by Zhuang Hong Yi and “stopped brush” paintings by Jean-Paul Donadini.

Revolver Galeria
Lima, Peru

Matias Duville  Cebtolla, 2014

Matias Duville. Cebtolla, 2014

This year’s Art Toronto has a focus showcase on Latin American art galleries. Revolver Galeria is one of the featured galleries and it will bring Peruvian artists to the international art scene. The project was started as a response to the isolation artists felt working and exhibiting in Lima. The work they curate tends to be political in nature, with a strong preference for materiality.

Galeria Enrique Guerrero
Mexico City, Mexico

Pedro Varela  Dialéctica Tropical, 2014

Pedro Varela. Dialéctica Tropical, 2014.

Galeria Entrique Guerrero is another gallery participating as part of the fair’s Latin American focus. It’s a gallery known for showing Latin American Masters such as José Clemente Orozco and Remedios Varo. The young artists it represents use a variety of mediums from paint and sculpture to video and performance. The themes are rooted in cultural images and tropes; for example, the vibrant skulls in Pedro Varela’s work use traditional Mexican images.

More information on the weekend’s festival programming can be found on Art Toronto’s site.