Outdoor shows and a killer paper festival highlight the art season
No, it’s not about laundry – it’s the World Washi Summit, an international celebration of Japanese handmade paper (washi) and the artists who use it. In addition to 35 local and suburban gallery shows of washi-based work, the fest includes demonstrations by master papermakers on June 9 (Japan Foundation, 131 Bloor West, 416-966-1600), a washi bazaar June 8 (Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen West, 416-531-4635) and seminars and performances. June 7-15. www.worldwashisummit.com.
Walk this way
The Riverdale Art Walk is alive and kicking in the east end. Over 100 artists show work in all media in galleries, shops and other venues, plus a fair in Jimmie Simpson Park (Queen East at Booth). June 7-8. www.riverdaleartwalk.com.
Luminato (www.luminato.com) brings back installation artist/choreographer William Forsythe, this time touring the town on a moving truck with multimedia production City Of Abstracts (June 10-15, 6 pm to midnight). The StreetScape program gives local and visiting street artists an outdoor canvas and perhaps a new legitimacy. Jarvis and Parliament, Regent Park (June 13-15) and Brookfield Place (181 Bay, June 6-15). Last year Luminato featured Leonard Cohen’s drawings; this year Joni Mitchell’s paintings (CTV Queen, 277 Queen West, June 6-22). Hey, Celine and Shania, what’s your medium?
The annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition hits Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen West) July 11 to 13. The juried show may be one of the few chances this summer to check out emerging artists and artisans in a non-gallery setting now that AlleyJaunt is no more and Wade, the biennial fest of installations in wading pools, is on hold. www.torontooutdoorart.org.
The Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000) showcases a special exhibit in conjunction with Caribana (July 25-August 4). Roots To Rhythm features paintings by artists of African-Canadian heritage, curated by artist/activist Joan Butterfield.
Reckitt makes history
The Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West, 416-973-4949), free all summer, runs Not Quite How I Remember It, about how we mediate and memorialize history. Canada’s Diane Borsato, Nancy Davenport, Nestor Krüger and Michael Maranda join artists from the U.S., Ireland, the UK, New Zealand and Sweden for a show in a variety of media, the first curated by new head of programming Helena Reckitt. June 7-September 1.
Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini (55 Mill, 416-920-3820) hosts Sculpture Supernova, a group show of young “plasticians” working in new forms and materials. Artists include Canadians Evan Penny and Max Streicher and sculptors from Europe, the U.S., India and South America. May 29-August 9.