Contemporary art descends on the Metro Convention Centre – Metro US

Contemporary art descends on the Metro Convention Centre

Readers who wish to learn more about the contemporary art scene will have a unique opportunity when the Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF) is held at the Metro Convention Centre from October 28 until November 1, 2010.

“We have 107 galleries participating in the fair this year, from 13 countries,” including Japan, China and Germany, says Jennie Biltek, TIAF’s marketing and communications manager.

The work on display will include paintings, photographs, sculptures, video, “site-specific installations — all sorts of different mediums,” she says.

Founded by Canadian entrepreneur Linel Rebenchuk in 1997, the first three fairs were held in Vancouver.

“Most countries, particularly in Europe, have art fairs and Linel said that was something

Canada really needed,” says Biltek.

Beginning in 2000, TIAF was held in Toronto.

“A large number of commercial galleries are in Toronto, along with several of the country’s top cultural organizations,” Biltek says.

Admission is $18. Between 3,500 and 5,000 works of art will be on sale, at prices ranging from $200 into the millions.

“You can hear from artists and curators and get advice on buying and collecting,” says Biltek. “Or for people just wanting to browse through, it’s a visual feast.”

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