November 4, 2011
I was going to write about something else until something more topical came up in yesterday’s Toronto Star. On the back page of the Business Section was a great article on last weekend’s Toronto International Art Fair. Last Sunday I visited the Fair–the proof’s in the picture. This was my first time. It was a spectacular, at times overwhelming, experience. Loads of great work lined what seemed to be miles of aisles. Dealers from thirteen countries showcased their best artists.
Some discoveries included Texas-based Helen Altman. Her sensitive “torch” drawings of fauna bring pyrography to a new level. Also, Michael Merrill’s discrete ink and gouache studies of architectural spaces were exquisite and technically accomplished. Joscelyn Gardner’s lithographs were featured at the Open Studio booth. We’ll be seeing more of her works at Station Gallery in early 2012. Can’t wait!