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Art Toronto 2015: Dealer Highlights

More than 113 galleries are participating in Art Toronto this year. We caught up with four galleries, both Canadian and international, that are taking part. Here, they tell us about why they are showing at Art Toronto and describe the highlights of their booths.

Division Gallery, Montreal/Toronto (booth C30)
Dominique Toutant, Director

How would you describe your gallery’s program?

Division Gallery focuses on conceptually oriented Canadian artists with international perspectives.

Why did you invest in a booth at Art Toronto this year, and what do you hope to get out of the fair?

Art Toronto is a great opportunity to connect with collectors, artists, curators and other dealers, as well as a chance to expose the public to contemporary art.

What are the highlights of your booth at Art Toronto?

We’re excited to be showing a new photograph by one of this year’s Sobey Art Award finalists, Sarah Anne Johnson. The piece is part of a new series focusing on music-festival imagery and will be part of Johnson’s solo exhibition in December in Montreal. Also, we have new paintings by Karel Funk from his upcoming Montreal exhibition, and works from Scott McFarland’s current exhibition in our Toronto space.

What other fairs do you show at?

We will be present at Feature and recently participated in NADA, New York.

Narwhal Projects, Toronto (booth V03)
Kristin Weckworth, Director

How would you describe your gallery’s program?

Actively exploring fine art, design and visual culture, Narwhal Projects is critically engaged with the ways in which these areas converge within international contemporary-art practices and dialogues.

Why did you invest in a booth at Art Toronto this year, and what do you hope to get out of the fair?

As a gallery that operates outside of the traditional Canadian art scene, we hope to introduce our program to a larger audience and connect with new institutions, curators and collectors. We also look forward to seeing long-time supporters of our gallery and sharing new work with them.

What are the highlights of your booth at Art Toronto?

We’re presenting new work by Canadian artists Jacob Whibley and Lauchie Reid (founding member of Team Macho) alongside American painters Paul Wackers, Leon Benn and Souther Salazar. We are also premiering a new series of drawings from Japan-based Canadian artist Eunice Luk.

What other fairs do you show at?

The most recent fair we exhibited with was Material Art Fair in Mexico City in February 2015. It was an amazing experience to connect with a global audience in a vibrant and progressive arts community.

PSM Gallery, Berlin (booth F02)
Sabine Schmidt, Owner

How would you describe your gallery’s program?

The program of my Berlin-based gallery is, widely oriented, speaking about material or media. The focus in my research for artists is in the authenticity of an artist’s approach to her or his artistic subject.

Why did you invest in a booth at Art Toronto this year, and what do you hope to get out of the fair?

As I already sold major installations by Argentinian artist Eduardo Basualdo to private and institutional collections in Canada, I was happy to exhibit in the “Focus: Latin America” section. Even though I run my gallery in Berlin, I have a strong connection to both Argentina and Brazil.

What are the highlights of your booth at Art Toronto?

Delicate drawings and small sculptures by Eduardo Basualdo, who also shows a spatial installation in the curated exhibition by Abaseh Mirvali. Furthermore, the poetic and simultaneously brutal works by Marilia Furman carry very up-to-date and important messages about the social inequity in her home country, Brazil.

What other fairs do you show at?

I am proud to have been accepted to Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze New York, Frieze London, FIAC Paris and SP Arte, and to have been appointed as a committee member of arteBA in Buenos Aires.

Landau Fine Art, Montreal (booth A14)
Tim Dunn, Director, Sara Landau, Vice President

How would you describe your gallery’s program?

Landau Fine Art features important works by 20th-century Modern masters coupled with innovative international contemporary artists.

Why did you invest in a booth at Art Toronto this year and what do you hope to get out of the fair?

Landau Fine Art has been a prominent gallery on the international fair circuit for more than two decades. We feel that Art Toronto presents a unique opportunity to showcase our gallery to Canadians who have had to travel elsewhere in the past in order to visit us.

What are the highlights of your booth at Art Toronto?

Our exhibition features a rare 1965 work by Pablo Picasso, Les dormeurs, which his long-time art dealer, Daniel Henry Kahnweiler, hung in his office for many years. On the contemporary side, we are exhibiting new works from South Korean artist Kwang-Young Chun, major works by Clive Head, as well as several works by celebrated British sculptor Lynn Chadwick.

What other art fairs do you show at?

We exhibit at Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, TEFAF in Maastricht and FIAC in Paris.

These responses have been edited and condensed. For daily updates on Art Toronto during the fair, visit canadianart.ca/artto. Also visit the Canadian Art booth for daily 2 p.m. editors’ talks, subscription specials and more.

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