Looking to skip the Jell-O shots and inevitable Rob Ford costumes at this weekend’s Halloween parties? Check out the Toronto International Art Fair, dubbed Art Toronto 2010, and the Jeremy Laing–curated exhibit Everything Must Go (October 29 to November 1). The concept, a miniature art department store, comes from the designer’s exploration of the ways in which art and fashion share what he calls the “aesthetics of salesmanship.”
Despite the theme, visitors looking to pick up an outfit by Laing will be out of luck—his clothing won’t appear, and there’s little “product,” as Laing calls it. He explains: “The artwork plays the role of fixture or display material that is being sold off in a quasi-liquidation sale,” hence the title. The pieces—by the likes of Young and Giroux, Derek Sullivan and Valérie Blass—are mostly by friends and people whose work he has been following and even collecting himself.
The details: Toronto International Art Fair, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Exhibit halls A and B, 255 Front St. W. Friday and Saturday noon–8, Sunday and Monday noon–6.