The Invitational brings together six leading galleries and the work of thirty
internationally recognized artists for a four-day presentation in Toronto. Participating galleries include Blum & Poe, Bortolami, Cooper Cole, Gladstone Gallery, James Fuentes, and Towards.
The Invitational brings together six leading galleries and the work of thirty internationally recognized artists for a four-day presentation in Toronto. The exhibition revolves around the human figure, surveying artists’ attempts to render and make sense of the world today. The figures on view range from strikingly life-like (cast from real people on the streets of New York), to abstractions of the body (fractured forms and distorted anatomies), to the absent body, merely implied. The breadth of interpretation conveys the diversity of these artists’ individual experiences and their means of expression. For this inaugural edition, The Invitational spotlights galleries in New York and Toronto. At a moment when US-Canada relations appear precarious, this exhibition is an opportunity to engage in a dialogue across borders and to connect communities and perspectives. Both New York and Toronto are cities built on legacies of migration and cultural exchange. The Invitational is hosted at 346 Spadina Avenue at the intersection of Chinatown and Kensington Market, two of Toronto’s most dynamic historic neighbourhoods, in a building that formerly housed the Bright Pearl Restaurant, a culinary landmark. Recently remodeled, the long-shuttered space is again open to the public on occasion of this exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Robert Wainstein and presented by David Moos Art Advisory. Participating galleries include Blum & Poe (Los Angeles–New York– Tokyo), Bortolami (New York), Cooper Cole (Toronto), Gladstone Gallery (Brussels–New York), James Fuentes (New York), and Towards (Toronto). Food and beverages are provided by hospitality partner The Drake.