|Jill Greenberg, O'Born Contemporary|
Art Toronto, which started today, is Canada's only international art fair. Disappointingly, less than 30% of galleries attending are from outside Canada, with a curiously low attendance from the US.
Portraits by Alex Katz seemed to be everywhere at the fair, with pieces shown at multiple galleries. The one shown below is from Miriam Shiell Fine Art.
Takashi Murakami's alter ego DOB made an appearance in a limited edition print at Tokyo's Tezukayama Gallery.
I thought the painting below was a Roy Lichtenstein from his Mirror series, but it turned out to be a piece by the writer/artist Douglas Coupland, shown at Daniel Faria Gallery.
There was a Roy Lichtenstein however, in yet another limited edition print, at Galerie Raphael from Frankfurt.
The most interesting artwork seemed to be presented by galleries in the NEXT section of the fair, dedicated to emerging artists. Mitsuo Kimura's painting shown below, by LE Gallery, represented the exciting work of new artists at the fair. Mitsuo is a Japanese artist who recenlty moved to Canada. His art is influenced by Japanese anime, layered with his challenging experience of adapting to a new culture and language, expressed in bold color and painstaking detail. The name of the painting sums up his experience: Emotional Ocean.