October 21, 2014
by Canadian Architect
The new and exciting Feature Contemporary Art Fair is debuting its first edition in Toronto at the Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre from October 23-26,2014. Feature will welcome 23 leading contemporary art galleries selected by an advisory committee of influential Canadian experts. This new art fair dedicated exclusively to cutting-edge contemporary art will bring together artists whose practices are outstanding for their ability to innovate, challenge and inspire.
With an audacious exhibition design and with each gallery presenting a maximum of three artists, Feature will provide visitors with a fresh and exciting perspective on contemporary art. The innovative layout of the fair will generate a dynamic presentation space and will foster dialogue between the artworks on display, thus creating an intimate and unique viewer experience.
Exhibitors include Birch Contemporary, Clint Roenisch, Equinox Gallery, galerie antoine ertaskiran, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Galerie Division, Galerie Donald Browne, Erin Stump Projects, Galerie Graff, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Jessica Bradley Gallery, Laroche/Joncas, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Monte Clark Gallery, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Galerie René Blouin, Galerie Simon Blais, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Galerie Trois Points, Georgia Scherman Projects and Republic Gallery.
After incredible buzz in the art scene and beyond, the fair plans an extensive educational program to complement the experience. Feature is proud to unveil to its visitors an audacious and inspiring set of talks and guided tours. This varied program featuring leading artists, curators, collectors and critics will bring together expert voices to consider current ideas in contemporary art. Activities are offered to all fairgoers and access is included in the admission ticket price.
According to Julie Lacroix, Director of the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC): “Based on its expertise in art fair organization, AGAC is the ideal promoter for this new initiative, which is characterized by innovation, intimacy and curatorial oversight. Feature would like to propose the finest that contemporary art has to offer.”
For its inaugural edition, Feature talks will address a wide range of important topics such as our ever-evolving art market and the impact of universities in artistic practices. Several talks will engage in exciting and substantial conversations about the artworks presented at the fair.
Guided tours led by a variety of arts professionals – curators, writers, scholars, etc. will be a great opportunity to encourage open and critical discussion about the works and galleries within the art fair context. These tours will focus on specific topics as a means to create connections among the galleries and artists with wider pertinent topics in contemporary art. The visits are open to all and will provide a compelling new way of experiencing an art fair and have been generously sponsored by The Esker Foundation.
Feature Contemporary Art Fair is delighted to announce it will partner with the Albright-Knox Contemporary and Modern Art Foundation Canada as part of the prestigious Opening & Benefit Evening on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a not-for-profit museum located in Buffalo, New York.
This unprecedented partnership between these two not-for profit organizations; the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC), organizer of Feature, and the Albright-Knox Contemporary and Modern Art Foundation Canada—will help increase international visibility for leading Canadian artists. AGAC strongly believes that this collaboration will further the exchange of intellectual and cultural energies between Canada and the United States more generally, and Western New York and Ontario specifically. It will benefit the contemporary art scene in the entire region.
For more information, please visit www.featureartfair.com
kriss kross by julia dault, represented by jessica bradley gallery
four circles by james nizam, represented by birch contemporary
officially by etienne zack, represented by equinox gallery
baselitz auditorium by jon rafman, represented by galerie antoine ertaskiran