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Canada's Only Major Modern and Contemporary International Art Fair Returns to Toronto

TORONTO.- Now in its ninth year, the highly anticipated Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF) – ART TORONTO 2008 opens its doors to the public from October 3rd to 6th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. As Canada’s premiere art event, TIAF will showcase renowned Canadian and international modern and contemporary fine art from modern masters to the vanguard and ranging from museum caliber to the more affordable. Highlights include a dedicated area featuring new, cutting edge artists and an exceptional cultural program consisting of special projects and industry expert guest speakers.

Visitors also have the opportunity to explore current art trends, purchase art, access global art publications and enjoy some downtime in on-site cafes and installation rest areas.

The weekend of October 3rd will be an immensely exciting visual arts opportunity for Torontonians and all visitors to the city. In addition to TIAF, Toronto will also be celebrating Nuit Blanche, the free all-night celebration of contemporary art in public spaces. This “Weekend of Art” truly showcases Toronto’s place as a hub of vibrant arts culture and offers the public everything from the professional sophistication of Canada’s most important art fair to the grassroots expression of unique public art. Both TIAF and Nuit Blanche are not-to-be-missed opportunities for art lovers to experience the wealth of visual art Toronto offers.

TIAF Highlights:
The Toronto International Art Fair, Art Toronto 2008 continues to attract the participation of top galleries and cultural institutions from Canada and around the world. Art Toronto 2008 will feature more than 100 galleries from 14 countries, including 22 first time participants all selected by a hand picked committee of established art professionals. TIAF 2007 attracted more than 18,000 visitors in just five days and facilitated $15 million dollars in sales securing its position as the country’s most discriminating and relevant art event.

TIAF Art Toronto 2008 is a must attend event for artists, collectors, critics and industry professionals interested in viewing more than 5,000 pieces of work by some of the most renowned and emerging artists of the 20th and 21st century.

In addition to spectacular works of art, TIAF offers a diverse and extensive range of interactive programming. Prominent guest speakers and special project presentations offer an open dialogue for the exchange of ideas and opinions on contemporary art. The cultural program for Art Toronto 2008 includes:


• Invisible Cities - Curator Micaela Giovannotti, who lives in New York and works globally has created a major video exhibition entitled ‘Invisible Cities’ based on the acclaimed 1972 book by Italian novelist Italo Calvino which follows the journeys of a young Marco Polo. She has assembled a selection of videos by international artists into three projections, exploring current urban societies in a global community.

• An additional special project is the return of the young and dynamic curatorial team of No. 9 who will again present a dynamic interactive rest space where environmental “green” No. 9 believes contemporary art can help raise environmental issues awareness. Along with fellow artists with similar convictions, they produce ambitious projects in public spaces. The TIAF installation will investigate the intersection of art and ecologies.

Two new exhibitions this year include Arts Open and the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Arts Open offers support for inner-city grassroots arts organizations providing educational programs through a collaborative Artist Mentorship Program giving children the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s most respected artists including Ed Burtynsky and John Hartman. Arts Open will be exhibiting select works of some of the children involved in the organization.

The RBC Canadian Painting Competition, established in 1999 with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation is a unique initiative in support of Canada’s emerging professional artists. Works by young artists from Western, Eastern and Central Canada are selected each year by a jury panel of distinguished members of the arts community. A selection of the winner’s works will be on exhibit at TIAF.

• Young Avant-Garde – Now in its seventh year, this innovative and edgy designated section focuses on 15 emerging national and international artists. An array of their works has been chosen by 15 young and contemporary art galleries. All art featured in Young Avant-Garde is priced under $5,000.00.

• The News at Five – Visitors have the opportunity each day at 5:00 p.m. to observe a rotating exhibition series entitled “On Painting: History, Surprise, Restraint.” Curated by Canadian Art Senior Editor Richard Rhodes, this show features paintings that serve as examples of contemporary art’s reconnection with art history.

• Power Talks – Presented by the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Power Talks unite influential national and international critics and curators in a lecture discussion setting. Topics include current projects and ideas as well as opinions and insight on the current world-wide contemporary art scene and challenges faced by some of the world’s leading visual arts institutions. (Admission to all lectures included with general admission)

• T at Three: Presented in partnership with Border Crossings magazine, T at Three takes place Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Robert Enright, Senior Contributing Editor of Border Crossings, hosts an engaging interview series with artists, curators and dealers to provide insight and perspective on both the creative process and meaning of the art being featured at TIAF.

The extensive exhibition of Canadian and international art works, combined with a full roster of distinguished cultural programming makes TIAF a visual feast for art aficionados and amateur art lovers alike. The quantity of unique and distinct artwork and the superb quality of all the art on display at TIAF make the fair a dynamic environment in which to purchase art and also offers several unique and interactive learning opportunities. The Fair has something for all tastes, backgrounds and budgets with pieces ranging from $500 to $3 million.

Also returning this year is the TIAF ART SMART collector Button. Produced by TIAF in partnership with the Drake Hotel and designed by local artist Ms. Kelly Mark, the buttons will be distributed during Nuit Blanche. The ART SMART Buttons are a limited production of only 2000, making them collector and souvenir pieces. Kelly Mark is a conceptual artist working in a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, sound, multiples, video and public interventions.

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