Though Art Toronto is a huge draw, it’s not the only art game in Canada this week. Here are our top picks for the visual arts from October 25 to 31. For more listings, visit canadianart.ca/calendar.
October 26: First day for public entry at Art Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto
In addition to a reported $15-million of art changing hands during last year’s Art Toronto, and a strong program of talks booked for this year on site, the presence of Canada’s largest art fair means lots of other related art activity in Toronto over the coming weekend. This ranges from more 24-hour screenings of Christian Marclay’s The Clock at the Power Plant to the program of an alternative art fair, The Annual, at the Gladstone Hotel. Openings for Kristine Moran at Daniel Faria Gallery and for Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff at Tomorrow Gallery also tempt; in short, there’s a lot to see and do at the fair and elsewhere. If you are at the fair, don’t forget to drop by Canadian Art’s booth, #1044, for a special exhibition, conversations with Richard Rhodes and great subscription deals.
October 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Opening for “My Winnipeg: Maps and Legends” at Plug In ICA, 1-460 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Plug In continues its seven-month-long project on the character and creativity of its home city with the opening of the second chapter of “My Winnipeg.” The show promises to explore private and public occurrences that build upon and question the city’s multiple, subjective histories and identities. It includes Sarah Anne Johnson’s House on Fire, which addresses her grandmother’s struggle with the unethical neurological experiments that were conducted on her and others, as well as Karel Funk’s realist, neo-Renaissance style portraits of figures in parkas.
October 27: First day for “Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography” at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
This major survey of one of Canada’s most important artists shows how Ian Wallace was among the first to use large-format photography in the 1970s, equating photography with the scale of cinema, advertising and history painting. On the first full day of the show, at 3 p.m., there will also be an illuminating panel on conceptualism in Vancouver featuring Wallace, Hank Bull and Ingrid Baxter. It complements the VAG’s showing of “Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980” and another related panel from that show’s curators at 1 p.m.
October 27 at 11 a.m.: Tour for “Once Upon a Time… Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark” at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, 1380 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
A large exhibition of Impressionist work opened earlier this month at the MBAM, and it’s the sole Canadian venue for this show, which will be travelling to Europe and Asia. It features 74 paintings by a number of the greats: Corot, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec, including a selection of 21 canvases by Renoir and the Degas sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. All come from the collection of Robert Sterling Clark, heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, who lived from 1877 to 1956 and who spent many years residing in Paris amassing these works. Organized by the Francine and Sterling Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
October 30 at 7:30 p.m.: Opening for “The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part IV” at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, 1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Besides Winnipeg, Vancouver is also adding another chapter to a psychogeographic exhibition series this week. “The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part IV” is the latest installment of a series about our relationship to the sea. The show, opening this Tuesday, looks at the business and politics of shipping and features the work of Stan Douglas, Uriel Orlow and Allan Sekula. Sekula also gives a lecture tonight (October 25) at Emily Carr University, and, accordingly, a component of this exhibition will also take place at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
For more listings of art exhibitions, openings and events across Canada, visit canadianart.ca/calendar.