From Chelsea to Art Toronto, Five Galleries to Follow

J. Cacciola Gallery represents established and emerging contemporary realist painters and sculptors. At Art Toronto this weekend, James Lahey’s gorgeous floral, photographic prints are for sale, along with Tom Climent’s abstracted, geometric landscapes, and other works from the Chelsea gallery’s growing roster of artists.

Gallery Espace exhibits Modernist and contemporary artists from India and Sri Lanka. Currently, in its New Delhi space, artist Chitra Ganesh’s graphic panels of powerful goddesses are the subject of “A Zebra Among Horses.”

Rick Wester Fine Art is a contemporary photography gallery located in the heart of the Chelsea art district and committed to a stable of mid-career and emerging artists. In its first multidisciplinary exhibition, “THEY ARE US: Animal Identity and the Anthropomorphic Urge,” the gallery brings together the work of six disparate artists, connected in their exploration of the complicated relationship between humans and other species.

p|m gallery describes itself as “50% intense abstract painting, 50% installation, video, and sculpture,” and the fantastic range of its Canadian and international artists is readily apparent at Art Toronto. Kurt Bigenho is a stand-out, contributing playful work reminiscent of contemporary advertising, yet defiant of its self-seriousness and the illusory perfection of its images.

Yossi Milo Gallery is a contemporary art gallery focused on the representation of artists specializing in photo-based art, video, and works on paper. Its newly-opened exhibition of Simen Johan’s surreal photographs is worth a look (and a second look). Like ARE US, works in Johan’s ongoing series “Until the Kingdom Comes” offer insights about humanity by focusing on animals. The artist’s manipulated, composite photographs find nature at the mercy of subjective perception—or is it the other way around?