ART TORONTO 2014 Opening Night Preview
Art enthusiasts, collectors, artists and gallerists celebrated the launch of Art Toronto 2014 and the 15th anniversary of the fair during the Opening Night Preview on Thursday, October 23rd. This year, Art Toronto featured over 100 international galleries as well as seven artist projects commissioned by Art Toronto including works by BGL, Marman & Borins, Amalie Atkins, VSVSVS and Thrush Holmes to celebrate this milestone year. To mark the opening night guests were treated to exclusive performances of lanmò by TALWST and Table by Alex Beriault.
An annual highlight of the Opening Night Preview is the acquisition of contemporary works of art at the fair to enhance the AGO’s permanent collection. Seven new works were acquired by the AGO’s selection committee, including Cape Dorset from Above (2012) by Shuvinai Ashoona; For the Time Being (July 29, 1822) (2014) by Adam David Brown; Untitled (2003/2013) by Lynne Cohen; Home Game and Away Game (2014) by Karen Kraven; Picture Collection (2012) by Annie MacDonell; and Cubism (2014) by Elizabeth McIntosh. The purchases were made possible by funds raised at the Preview, with assistance from the Dr. Michael Braudo Canadian Contemporary Art Fund and dedicated funds for Canadian art acquisitions. The Preview raised over $455,000 this year to support these acquisitions as well as the Gallery’s ongoing education programs.
Thank you to co-chairs Cathy Bisset-Parkes and Susan Wortzman and to our dedicated committee for all of their efforts. Our warmest thanks to the sponsors and guests for supporting this important event.
Art Toronto Opening Night Preview Committee Co-chairs: Cathy Bisset-Parkes & Susan Wortzman
Committee: Jamie Angell, Jeanne Banka, Joey Chiu, Fayiaz Chunara, Jane Corkin, Jean Crawford, Kimberly Cudney, Deborah Dexter, Sean Green, Patricia L. James, Vanessa Kalisz, Marci Kroft, Rebecca Last, Adrienne Maniezzo, Kelly McCray, Sharron Mollenhauer, Sondra Rebenchuk, Susannah Rosenstock, Gillian Smith, Paul St. Amour, Vandana Taxali, Natalie Waldburger