Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The best contemporary art galleries in Toronto

When I'm feeling uninspired, I usually go and see art. It helps me regroup and gives a fresh perspective. Here are some of my favourite contemporary art galleries in Toronto to hang out in.


Address:
231 Queens Quay West
Hours:
Tuesday-Sunday: 12-6
Wednesday: 12-8
Monday: closed
Mandate:
One of the oldest contemporary galleries in Toronto, the Power Plant aims to remain relevant in the realm of contemporary art and expose Torontonians to famous works.
Current Exhibition:
Adaptation: Between Species (19 June - 12 September 2010) featuring the work of Cory Arcangel, Nina Katchadourian, Hanna Linden (one of my personal favourites) and many more.



Address:
107 Shaw Street
Hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 12-6
Mandate:
The people behind 107 Shaw believe in building up the art scene in Toronto by displaying the work of local young artists.
Current Exhibition:
Studies for possible futures: The Moon and everything else (5 August - 26 August 2010) featuring the work of Maggie Groat


Address:
952 Queen Street West
Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 11-6
Monday: closed
Mandate:
Not-for-profit and associated with Toronto's municipal art funding, MOCCA is devoted to showcasing the worth of both local and international talents who challenge societal norms and are "groundbreaking or influential".
Current Exhibition:
Empire of dreams: Phenomenology of the built environment (19 June - 15 August) featuring the work of Liam Crockard, Dorian Fitzgerald, Josh Thorpe and many more.


Address:
1161 Dundas Street West
Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday: 1-8
Sunday: 1-7
Monday and Tuesday: by appointment only
Mandate:
Primarily a place for up-and-coming artists, Show & Tell hopes to support their artists by helping to sell their work, as well as by providing resources for art making.
Current Exhibition:
The Beauty of Failure (9 July - 29 August 2010) featuring the work of Anthony Lister.

5 47

Installation by Dennis Lin (image source)

Address:
47 Milky Way
Hours:
Wednesday - Sunday: 12-7
Mandate:
Hoping to promote up-and-coming artists, 47 specializes in installation and sculpture works.
Current Exhibition:

Tip: Never been to an art opening? If you want to be surrounded by people who are intimidating, but endearing, go. Plus, they usually provide drinks! Woooo.

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