Art can give you some psychic distance from winter in the city, so consider hitting the galleries when things get grim.
Mark Bell’s Northwest Woods, 2007, at Paul Petro
Mary Catherine Newcomb’s creatures made of eggplants grown in moulds cast a summery spell, at Loop (1174 Queen West, to February 3). Paul Petro curates outdoorsy contemporary Canadian landscape show If You Go Into The Woods Today… at the Gladstone (1214 Queen West, to March 2).
The Malcove collection of ancient and medieval European and Byzantine art at the U of T Art Centre (15 King’s College Circle, ongoing) is one of the city’s hidden treasures.
Marcelo Suaznábar’s Pez De Dos Cabezas, at Spence Gallery
The scene heats up when South America comes to Spence Gallery (588 Markham, to January 31), where Bolivia’s Marcelo Suaznábar shows magic realist paintings, and to Prefix (401 Richmond West, January 25 to February 23), where a retrospective tracks the 30-year career of Colombian conceptual artist Oscar Muñoz.
South Asian Canadian Farheen HaQ’s meditative video and photo show, Fray, goes up at Gallery TPW (56 Ossington, February 21 to March 22), and 5,000 years of South Asian artifacts go on permanent display in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Crystal (100 Queen’s Park) when the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Gallery opens February 16.