Recommendations of what to see in the Toronto art scene this month by local guide, Jessica Herzig. Discover even more on a private art tour.


A few exhibitions to kick off the year and stave off the winter chill…


Exhibition: Salon V Annual Holiday Show
Artists: Group Exhibition
Venue: Project Gallery
Dates: Until January 20, 2018

Project Gallery is one of the best spaces in Toronto to catch emerging artists on the rise. Their annual group show displays hundreds of works, hung floor-to-ceiling in classic European salon style. This energetic install is overwhelming in the best sense, and provides for intriguing dialogues between works. By showcasing numerous pieces by each gallery artist, the exhibition offers a more in-depth look into their oeuvres than the typical group show usually provides. 

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Exhibition: The In Vain Coloured Oriole and Other Paintings
Artist: Andy Patton
Venue: Birch Contemporary
Dates: Until January 20, 2018

These text-based paintings are pure poetry, in the literal and visual sense. Patton’s sensitive and sometimes cryptic words are rooted in classical Chinese calligraphy. The words and images become hypnotic, while inviting the viewer in for a meditative moment as their phrases unfold. 

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