Edward Burtynsky's Oil Refineries #3
May 1 TO 31 The world’s largest image event, the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, takes over Toronto with installations in public spaces like Brookfield Place and The Power Plant, as well as commercial galleries. Celebrating Marshall McLuhan’s monumental theory of “figure and ground,” this year’s showcase explores how all parts of an image—both the subject and the background—work together. Thousands of participating shutterbugs, including Fred Herzog and Alex McLeod, are on this year’s roster. Don’t miss Edward Burtynsky’s powerful series, Oil, including Oil Refineries #3, 1999, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Kingdom Disaster, by Toronto International Art Fair featured artist Alex McLeod
OCTOBER 29 TO NOVEMBER 1 More than 100 galleries from around the world are set to display over 1,000 works of contemporary art at the Toronto International Art Fair. Expected to be the largest art show yet held in this city, the event is open to both casual appreciators and serious collectors alike, with pieces priced anywhere from $300 to $3 million. There’s no need to be intimidated—information sessions, artist talks and more help to demystify the experience. With so much to peruse, you’re sure to find many favourites, but a guaranteed must-see is the featured exhibition by local artist Alex McLeod, whose intricate and somewhat unsettling landscapes represent the cutting edge of digital art.