The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at a Glance 2013!

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In its 52nd year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE) returned to City Hall accompanied by the Ai Weiwei’s zodiac sculptures. This exhibition took place at the Nathan Phillips Square on July 5, 6, 7, 2013. The TOAE is a juried showcase featuring contemporary fine art and craft that mainly focuses on introducing emerging artists. Every year, hundreds of artists participate and thousands of visitors attend the rendezvous. This year AKIMBO, a Canada’s online source for visual arts made presence.

I have attended the TOAE in the past six years, and every year I meet new upcoming artists. This year, in the couple hours that I spent perusing around, I observed a crowd of delighted visitors under the hot and humid day, enjoying the art works. However, I admit Ai Weiwei’s zodiac sculptures impressed me the most. Chinese artist-activist, Ai Weiwei, created twelve-piece installation called “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.” These are placed in the reflecting pool in front of Toronto’s City Hall (see slideshow above). The sculptures will be there until the end of September. It was nice to see the City Hall beautified with art and creativity.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition showcased an array of talented artists. But only a few captivated my interest. So much so, that I am sharing their names below:

Anna Olszowaka-Khosravi (painting)

Julia White (Sculpture)

Karina Guevin (Glass)

Tamara Kowalczuk (painting)

Jose Enriquez (painting)

Tick Tock Tom, the mad scientist! (scrap metal sculpture)

Did you visit the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition? Who was your favourite artist?

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