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Stars of the Art World Hit the Town to Benefit the AGO

Art Toronto’s Opening Night Preview offers exclusive access to artwork and artists

(TORONTO – October 19, 2009) Art Toronto, Toronto’s annual international art fair, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in high style with an Opening Night Preview Event benefitting the Art Gallery of Ontario. One hundred fine art galleries from 12 countries are participating in the four-day art exhibition and sale, widely recognized as Canada’s most important annual art event. The Opening Night Preview gives collectors exclusive early access to the artwork and a chance to meet the artists whose work is being exhibited in the fair.

The Opening Night Preview Event takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Proceeds from the event will support the AGO’s operations and education programs. In 2008, over $310,000 was raised for the Gallery.

“Art Toronto is the cornerstone of Toronto’s position in the international art marketplace,” says Matthew Teitelbaum, the AGO’s director and CEO. “It is a testament to the vibrant artistic spirit of our city, a celebration of some of the world’s best contemporary artists, and an opportunity for new voices and new directions in art to be discovered.”

Guests are invited to mix and mingle with the artists and curators over cocktails and hors d’oeurves while touring the art on exhibit at the fair. Serious collectors can purchase tickets to a Special Collectors’ Preview, offering a limited number the very first opportunity to view and purchase art at Art Toronto 2009. Beginning at 4:30 pm, this annual special preview is known in art circles as the busiest two hours of the year for Canadian art dealers, as many of the country’s top collectors make major acquisitions at the event.

The AGO will also be considering the work exhibited at Art Toronto 2009 for new additions to its permanent collection. As in previous years, the works acquired by the gallery will be announced on the night of the preview.

The AGO’s booth at the fair will promote its Art Rental + Sales Gallery and membership opportunities. The booth will also provide information on the Gallery’s fall exhibition program, which includes:

Tickets to the Opening Night Preview Event are $190 each; tickets to the Special Collectors’ Preview are $290. Entertainment packages are also available, offering patrons a unique way to entertain guests and clients at a specially priced rate. All levels of tickets can be purchased by calling 416-979-6628 or by visiting

Supporting sponsors of Art Toronto 2009 include RBC Wealth Management, AXA Art Insurance Corporation, Porter Airlines, and Klaus by Nienkämper.

Art Toronto 2009:

  • Opening Night Preview Event: A Benefit for the Art Gallery of Ontario
    Thursday, October 22: 6:30 to 10:30 pm
    Special Collectors’ Preview: 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Public Hours:
    Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24: 12:00 – 8:00 pm
    Sunday, October 25 and Monday, October 26: 12:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Location:
    Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    255 Front Street West
    North Building, Exhibit Halls A & B

About The AGO

With a permanent collection of more than 79,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. In 2008, with a stunning new design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the AGO opened its doors to the public amid international acclaim. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase made of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block along the Gallery’s façade; and the feature staircase, spiralling up through the roof of Walker Court and into the new contemporary galleries above. From the extensive Group of Seven collection to the dramatic new African art gallery; from David Altmejd's monumental installation The Index to Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, a highlight of the celebrated Thomson Collection, there is truly something for everyone at the AGO.


For more images and more information contact:
Sean O’Neill, 416-979-6660 ext. 403,
Antonietta Mirabelli, 416-979-6660 ext. 454,

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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