My Highlights from Art Toronto 2014

Paul E. Bain
Oct 14, 2014 12:45pm
This being Canada's top art fair, I concentrated on works from young, mid-career and senior artists, which I think easily stand up to the best of art fairs internationally.
My Selection:
Callum Schusteruntitled #3.'14, 2014, at O’Born Contemporary
There is a fair amount of this type of process-based, minimal, textured work now and Callum is one of the best young artists to do it. Who needs to go to Brooklyn? 
Valérie Blass, Ne pas essayer à la maison, 2013, at PARISIAN LAUNDRY 
Valerie is Canada's most inventive sculptor, working in every possible material. No two works look alike. 
Garry Neill Kennedy, QUID PRO QUO, 2013, at Diaz Contemporary
Garry's work is really important and political. Ed Ruscha with a conscience. As a lawyer, how could I not love this one? 
David R. Harper, I Tried, and I Tried and I Tried, 2012, at MKG127
Making embroidery very cool and interesting is no mean feat. 
Lynne Cohen, Untitled, 2013, at Olga Korper Gallery
The great Lynne Cohen, who just passed away leaving a gaping hole in Canadian art. Where have the people gone? What is this weird space? Great art raises questions...
Brendan Tang, Manga Ormolu Ver. 5.0-p, 2014, at Gallery Jones
Love Brendan's work and have since the first time I saw it in a group sculpture show at The PowerPlant. Ming Dynasty meets robots. Ceramics to make you think and smile. 
Paul Butler, Untitled (Jazz series) 301LT03L, 2014, at Galerie Division
Epitome of an artist's artist, Paul's new series is smart. 
John Vanderpant, Untitled (Towers in White variant), 1934, at Stephen Bulger Gallery
Vanderpant is totally under-rated and influential, and would be recognized in the pantheon of modernist photography had he worked in New York.