Feature Contemporary Art Fair Vip Program
Toronto, ON, Canada
EACH GUEST IS INVITED TO SIGN UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 3 VIP ACTIVITIES.1. Feature’s VIP after party – October 21, 10pm / Thompson Hotel Rooftop, 550 Wellington Street West, Toronto.2. Mirvish Collection tour with Curator Eleanor Johnston - October 22, 10am / Address will be sent to confirmed guests. - SOLD OUTDavid Mirvish Gallery opened in Mirvish Village on Markham Street in 1963. From beginning with an eclectic mix of artists including Louise Nevelson, Les Levine, William Ronald and Richard Diebenkorn, the gallery quickly evolved a focus which included Color Field artists showing Jack Bush, Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Robert Murray, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Tim Scott and Frank Stella . After closing its doors to the public in 1975 David Mirvish focused on the business of the Royal Alexandra Theatre and continued to buy art in his area of interest, continuing his focus on the gallery artists. In 1992, for the building the Princess of Wales Theatre for a production of Miss Saigon, Frank Stella was engaged to create decorative elements and murals for the building. Stella’s iconography from his series based on Moby Dick and The Dictionary of Imaginary Places are writ large in the theatre. A visit to the collection storage today will include viewing an installation of Jules Olistki paintings 1964 – 1970 and a room of works by Frank Stella 1963 –1998. On the painting racks works by Hans Hofmann, Larry Poons, Jack Bush, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell can be seen. Single sculptures by Tim Scott and Anthony Caro are also installed.3. TD Bank Group Collection Tour with Senior Art Curator Pamela Meredith and Associate Art Curator Robyn McCallum - October 23, 10 am / Lobby of TD North Tower, 77 King St W.TD Bank Group has been collecting contemporary, Canadian art for fifty years. Visit the Art and Archives inventory, as well as see how the collection is deployed on a typical floor in TD Centre. Some highlights include artwork by: Ed Pien, Douglas Coupland, Shuvanai Ashoona, Vanessa Maltese and Jennifer Murphy. 4. Studio visit with artist Marvin Luvualu Antonio – October 23, 11am / Address will be sent to confirmed guests. Marvin Luvualu Antonio was born in St Petersburg, Russia in 1986 and is of Angolan descent. He is completing his BFA in Photography at OCAD University, Toronto (2015) where he was awarded the AIMIA Photography Scholarship Prize (2014). His solo exhibition Pink Matterwas held at JR Projects in 2014. Group shows include Play-Doh, Warner Gallery, Toronto (2015); AIMIA Photography Scholarship Prize Exhibition, AGO, Toronto (2015); Preview, CK2 Gallery, Montreal (2014); and Mystery Machine, XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto (2013). He has an upcoming publication, “Language and the Ocularcentric Nature of Existentialism,” and previously contributed to “Every Object Has a Story: Extraordinary Canadians Celebrate the Royal Ontario Museum” (2014). He is represented in Canada by Clint Roenisch.5. Toronto Sculpture Garden, Scrap Metal Gallery, Gallery Division and more! – October 23, 6pm / 5:45pm Shuttle leaves Feature Art Fair, 227 Front Street East Join us on a special tour of Toronto’s newest cultural hub, home to numerous contemporary galleries and MOCCA’s 2017 location! RSVP for shuttle transportation (additional room for guests with own transportation). Tour stops: Private tour with artist An Te Liu and MOCCA Artistic Director and Curator David Liss – October 23, 6pm / Toronto Sculpture Garden, 115 King Street East An Te Liu: Solid States continues An Te Liu’s practice of making artworks that combine modernist and ethnographic traditions in art with the detritus of consumerism. Sculpting found materials and then casting them in bronze, Liu creates hybrid sculptural objects. Co-produced by MOCCA and the City of Toronto. Presented as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche's Extended Projects.
Scrap Metal Gallery VIP Exhibition Preview – October 23, 7pm / 11 Dublin Street, Unit E. Toronto.
Paul P.: Civilization Coordinates. Scrap Metal Gallery is accessible through laneway at rear of Saint Helens Avenue.
Division Gallery, Public reception Scott McFarland - October 23, 8:15pm / 45 Ernest Avenue, Toronto. (No RSVP required)6. VSVSVS Studio Tour, Presented by Katzman Contemporary and the University of Toronto Art Centre and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery – October 24, 11am / Address will be sent to confirmed guests.VSVSVS is a seven-person collective and artist-run centre based out of a 3000 square foot warehouse in the portlands of Toronto, Ontario. Formed in 2010, their activities encompass collective art making, a residency program, a formal exhibition space, and individual studio practices. Recent Exhibitions include; Not Together, But Alongside at Mercer Union, 2015; Cactus Jack or Mick Foley at Katzman Contemporary, 2015 and an upcoming exhibition at the University of Toronto Art Centre and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Members include: Anthony Cooper, James Gardner, Laura Simon, Miles Stemp, Ryan Clayton, Stephen McLeod and Wallis Cheung.7. VIP Talk and Tour with Jeanne Parkin and Sara Angel, co-presented by Art Canada Institute – October 24, 6pm / McCarthy Tétrault LLP, 66 Wellington Street West, Suite 5300, Toronto.Hosted at the acclaimed collection of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto. Join Sara Angel, Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute in conversation with the renowned Canadian art advisor Jeanne Parkin about the forthcoming multimedia profile “Jeanne Parkin: Life & Work”. This groundbreaking work explores the history of Canadian art from the 1940s to the present through Parkin’s singular career as one of the country’s most significant pioneers in the contemporary Canadian art world. It addresses how she transformed public and private spaces with visual culture, challenged conventional understandings of art, and forged innovative relationships between Canadians and their cultural institutions.8. VIP Breakfast – October 25, 10am / Creeds Coffee Bar, 390 Dupont St., Toronto. A special installation viewing of Feature Video Program. In addition to the rich diversity of works presented within the exhibitor booths at Feature, the fair is pleased to present a revamped video program that includes works by some of Canada’s most respected contemporary artists. Further, the video program will also be exhibited off-site at the newly opened Creeds Coffee Bar, allowing the reach of Feature’s programming to extend beyond the Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre and enliven other locales in the Toronto area.VIP Seating for Feature Talks, presented by the Esker Foundation, Lead Educational Partner. Please copy this link in your browser to view our series of talks : www.featureartfair.com/program9. Feature Talk: “Who Are We? What Are We Doing Here?” – October 22, 2pm / Feature Art Fair. 10. Feature Talk: “The Question of Painting in Today’s Art World” – October 23, 2pm / Feature Art Fair.11. Feature Talk: “No Walls: Community in Contemporary Art” – October 24, 2pm / Feature Art Fair.12. Feature Talk: “Visual Literacy: A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words” – October 25, 2pm / Feature Art Fair.
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