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ART TORONTO ANNOUNCES CANADIAN ART MAVERICK KITTY SCOTT AS FOCUS CURATOR FOR THE OCTOBER 2023 FAIR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO - February 14, 2023

Today, Art Toronto announced that legendary art curator Kitty Scott will lead the 29th edition of Canada’s art fair as the Focus exhibition curator. Scott’s decades-long career with Canada’s leading art institutions makes her the most respected curator in Canada. A champion for Canadian talent, Scott is also known for her curatorial vision for the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale from 2017 with Geoffrey Farmer and her role as co-curator at the Liverpool Biennial (2018).

As curator of the Focus exhibition, Scott will bring together artworks from participating Art Toronto galleries to create an exhibition from which works can be purchased by collectors. This represents a major collecting moment given Scott’s longtime support of emerging and established artists. Fairgoers are encouraged to view the Focus section as a unique piece of Canadian art history and watch as Scott’s institutional hat comes off for the first time in years.

"The Focus platform at Art Toronto is unique in Canada,” says Kitty Scott. “It represents a thrilling opportunity to collaborate with some of the country’s most exciting contemporary artists. As someone who is passionate about curating, I look forward to the challenge of creating a memorable experience for visitors to the fair."

In the short four years since her appointment, Mia Nielsen Director of Art Toronto has weathered the storm of the pandemic– developing a virtual fair, a hybrid model fair and one return to in-person buying. Art Toronto is being reimagined to compete in the international art fair market under Nielsen’s direction. The addition of Scott is a power move to show collectors Art Toronto is advancing and a visit to Toronto this Fall is to be considered.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kitty Scott to Art Toronto as the Focus curator for the 2023 edition. I’ve long admired Kitty’s momentous achievements in her former positions and her direct role in the advancement of Canadian art. Given Kitty’s remarkable eye, talent for discovering new artists and in-depth knowledge of the art world, Toronto will be a must-go destination for collectors this year. I encourage all art enthusiasts to put October 26-29 in their calendars.”

Art Toronto is set to return to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre October 26-29, 2023, with over 100+ galleries. Participating galleries include Canada’s best, some of the most dynamic spaces in the US and international favourites. For more information visit arttoronto.ca.

About Kitty Scott
For over 30 years, curator Kitty Scott has worked closely with artists and made numerous exhibitions for artist-run centres, art galleries and other institutions across Canada and internationally. She contributed to documenta 13 (2012), co-curated the Liverpool Biennial (2018) and curated Geoffrey Farmer’s representation in the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2017). Among the artists she has worked with are Francis Alÿs, Janet Cardiff, Peter Doig, Theaster Gates, Brian Jungen, Janice Kerbel, Duane Linklater, Silke Otto-Knapp and Ron Terada.

About Art Toronto
Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art. Attracting respected galleries, artists, and art lovers from across the globe, the fair is the most important annual art event in Canada. For more information, visit arttoronto.ca.

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