art shows toronto fall 2016

The top 10 art shows in Toronto for fall 2016

The top art shows in Toronto for fall 2016 are biggies, especially because of major events, such as Nuit Blanche and Art Toronto. But outside of these annual art extravaganzas, there's lots happening in our city's galleries over the next few months.

Here are my picks for the top art shows to check out this fall in Toronto.

VSVSVS: to space in (Katzman Contemporary, to Oct. 9)
This Toronto collective made up of six artists is taking over the Katzman Contemporary gallery. The exhibition explores organization in its various forms, so expect to see more than a few packing peanuts.

Yonder (Koffler Gallery, Sept, 21-Nov. 27)
With work from a diverse group of artists, this show happening at the Koffler Gallery inside Artscape Youngplace, will look at themes of intercultural translation, displacement and identity construction.

Douglas Coupland: Polychrome (Daniel Faria Gallery, until Nov. 5)
Douglas Coupland's work is all over Toronto, but now you can see even more of this famous artist and writer at Daniel Faria Gallery until Nov. 5. This show focuses on colour.

Edward Burtynsky Salt Pans & Essential Elements, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Sept. 29-Oct. 22)
At the end of this month, you'll be able to see not one, but two exhibitions by Edward Burtynsky - one of Canada's most preeminent photographer - at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery on King Street West.

Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 (AGO, Sept. 29-May 2017)
The AGO will fill the entire fourth floor of its contemporary tower with more than 100 pieces of art from 65 different local artists and collectives. You may even get a glimpse of a pre-big-box-store Queen Street West.

Nuit Blanche (Oct. 1)
The annual all-night art event might be more party than massive art show, but this year's 11th edition promises work by Director X, a secret garden at 401 Richmond, plus a slew of other installations located throughout the city. Get ready to stay out from sunrise to sunset.

Syria: A Living History (Aga Khan Museum, Oct. 15-Feb. 26)
This massive exhibition, which is being presented in partnership with UNESCO at the Aga Khan Museum, will give Toronto a completely new perspective on Syria. It includes an array of programming, including lectures, performances and a symposium on Syrian art and architecture.

Art Toronto (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Oct. 28-31)
This annual show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre brings galleries from around the world together for a four day art show. Expect to see lots of contemporary work for sale in addition to talks and lectures about the current art world.

Chihuly (Sandra Ainsley Gallery, until Nov. 12)
If you want to check out Dale Chihuly's colourful glass work, but don't want to pay ROM ticket prices, head to the Sandra Ainsley Gallery in the north end of the city and see a selection of his pieces for free.

I know that I know nothing: Kim Dorland (Angell Gallery, Oct. 14-29)
Kim Dorland's work has been described as "extreme painting," so check out his larger-than-life work at Angell Gallery starting next month.

Is there an art show you're excited about this fall in Toronto? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of Douglas Coupland's last Toronto show by Natta Summerky.

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