Modern and contemporary art lovers have a lot to look forward to at Art Toronto 2015, as the organization on Tuesday announced a new director, a "brand refresh" and curatorial focus on Latin America for this year's fair. The Focus Latin America project will showcase work curated by international art powerhouse Abaseh Mirvali, who has come on board to execute the vision of the cultural exchange. Mirvali will introduce six Latin American artists to North America, creating site-specific installations to accompany the keynote talks and commercial components of the festival. "My brain works collaboratively," says Mirvali, "so it's exciting to offer new platforms for the audience and my colleagues … there is an entire world of exchange that has not been opened up, and that's what won me over." Catalina Leon, Mateo Lopez, Matias Duville, Max Gomez Canle, Eduardo Basualdo and Milena Muzquiz will be the featured artists in Mirvali's installation space at this year's fair. "Toronto seems like such a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, I'm curious why there haven't been more shows and opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration," says Mirvali. "Hopefully Art Toronto will be one of these new catalysts."
Art Toronto 2015 runs from Oct. 23 to 26 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. (arttoronto.ca)