Edition Toronto Book Fair: October 27 to 30

posted October 16, 2017 in Announcements, Edition Toronto

Photo by Nik Mirus

Art book lovers in the Toronto area (and beyond), save the dates later this month from October 27 to 30. We’ll see you for the second / edition Art Book Fair at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, running in conjunction with Art Toronto, Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art.

Last year, over 8,000 art and book enthusiasts visited 2 ⁄ edition, and perused a wide range of artist’s books, publications, editions and ephemera presented by local and international exhibitors.

New and return visitors to 2 ⁄ edition will find an expanded roster of vendors, and continue to have their eyes and minds opened to alternative ways of looking at and collecting art. A stimulating and engaging series of talks, panels and special exhibitions will also be presented throughout the weekend in conjunction with the fair’s programming partners.

Here are just two of the highlights from the upcoming art book fair that we think you’ll enjoy:

Friday Oct 27th, 12 to 1:30pm
Presented by Momus
Incredibly Strange Resistance; 40 years of RE/Search Publications
Curator and writer Lauren Wetmore presents Incredibly Strange Resistance: 40 years of
RE/Search Publications, a history of RE/Search Publications featuring ephemera and
footage from V. Vale’s archive.

Sunday Oct 29th, 12 to 1:30pm
Museum Publishing: Similarities and Differences in the United States and Canada
Presented by AGO and LACMA

Also of note is our programming with Art Metropole, listed here with all of our fantastic programming for the book fair: editiontoronto.com/programming/.

You can stay in touch with what’s happening via / edition’s social media, on
Instagram account and Facebook:

See you then!

Flash Forward 2018: A BIG change

posted September 16, 2017 in Announcements

As the digital world evolves and artists everywhere rise to the challenge of creating ‘new’ art, we at Magenta Foundation have been looking at what we can do to improve and support artists. With the 13 years of success of the Flash Forward Program and taking stock of all the careers we have helped launch, we too have decided to engage our worldwide audience and jurors further. Our goal is to continue to use the platform of Flash Forward to fulfill its greatest potential.

So, starting November 1, 2018 past and present Flash Forward photographers will be profiled on the new Flash Forward/ Flash Back website. The transition to an online format through our new website will allow us to profile past alumni to showcase what they have been doing, and highlight new Flash Forward talent, in larger feature sections. We will engage our recent jurors and editors more and elevate the profile of all emerging artists in our program to help them reach a larger audience. This new platform has been on our agenda for a while and in our 14th year we’ve decided to create new avenues for all our Flash Forward/ Flash Back participants.

The Magenta Foundation has always been a trailblazer in what we do and how we grow and continue to challenge ourselves. It’s a very exciting time and we look forward to sharing this and more in the very near future.

Flash Forward Incubator 2017 Success

posted July 24, 2017 in Announcements, Incubator


Hello Magenta friends, we hope you’re enjoying the summer so far. Ours got off to a brilliant start with Flash Forward Incubator 2017, our 5th anniversary of this innovative arts program for students. Held at The Gardiner Museum in June, we had so much fun celebrating our student artists, our anniversary, and we also raised $20,000 through the silent auction for the program. All money goes directly back into the schools to help keep arts funding alive and well. A great cause and a great night out!

We owe a big THANK YOU to everyone for this wonderful success. In particular, we want to thank all of our dedicated teachers and educators, our brilliant young students who inspired everyone, and our awesome Flash Forward Incubator sponsors. Our gratitude goes out to TD Bank Group, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Toronto Image Works , Andora Graphics, and Gardiner Museum.

Under Vancouver 1972-1982 by Greg Girard

posted June 1, 2017 in Announcements

Under Vancouver by Greg Girard Special Edition Boxset

Hello Magenta friends!

We’re so very pleased to announce the publication of Under Vancouver 1972-1982, the first comprehensive collection of Greg Girard’s early photographs of Vancouver. Made in and of the moment, a young photographer’s earliest engagements (often featuring the underside of the city), the pictures now form an unintended photographic record of a Vancouver that has all but disappeared. They reveal an early interest in the hidden and the overlooked, the use of colour film at night, and the extended photographic inquiry of a specific place, all of which became signature features of later books such as City of Darkness and City of Darkness Revisited (about the infamous Kowloon Walled City), Phantom Shanghai and Hanoi Calling.

From Greg: “When I started making these photographs, especially the pictures of people in the mid-1970s, I felt like I was photographing a world nobody knew anything about, apart from the people living it, of course. I was something of an interloper, but my youth protected me. It’s curious to consider these pictures now, practically unseen since they were made, in terms of a Vancouver they might have some potential to invent.”

Get your copy on our website here.

Cape Dorset: Flash Forward Incubator Extends to Canada’s North

posted December 12, 2016 in Announcements

Above: Cape Dorset, Nunavut

Happy holiday season, Magenta friends,

We’ve got news we’re very excited and proud about this December. Without further ado, The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce the extension of its Incubator Program in the North. Incubator Cape Dorset builds on the successes of the established Flash Forward Incubator program, concurrently running for the past 4 years. With key partnerships with the West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative (WBEC), Dorset Fine Arts and the Sam Pudlat school, we can provide essential tools and materials to the youth in Cape Dorset, allowing them to expand their vision of their homeland, the same, as all youth do today, through technology and smartphones.

This is an exciting chapter for our foundation and we are extra excited about our new collaborative partner, Dorset Fine Arts, for their vision and enthusiasm to help us bring our Incubator Program to Cape Dorset. This new initiative begins early January 2017.

We’d like to take a moment to extend our gratitude to TD Bank Group, who so generously support not only the Flash Forward Competition, and is also the founding sponsor of the Flash Forward Incubator program for students. Speaking of the Flash Forward competition, a reminder that this is the last month to submit to Flash Forward Emerging Photographers’ Competition and the deadline is rather quickly approaching: December 31st. Open to photographers working in Canada, the US, and UK, there are $20,000 combined cash prizes including a $10,000 Project Grant to award our winners, so kindly spread the word.

Thanks to everyone for your support in 2016 and hope you have a fantastic holiday break and a brilliant new year!

Edition Toronto: Art Book Fair Opening Reception

posted October 23, 2016 in Announcements, Edition Toronto

Edition Toronto

Edition Toronto
Magenta Foundation is proud to sponsor the /edition Toronto art book fair with Division Gallery.
Opening Reception Oct 27
6:30 to 10:30pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Running concurrently with Art Toronto

Hello Magenta friends,

We’d like to cordially invite you to the first annual Toronto international art book fair: /edition Toronto. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 27, and do come back for the great programming we have lined up over the weekend.

Rutherford's "We Buy White Albums" on view at the Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo (2015). Photo courtesy the artist.

Above: We Buy White Albums by Rutherford Chang on view at the Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo (2015). Photo courtesy of the artist.

October 28-31, 2016 will mark the first /edition art book fair in Toronto. Running concurrently with Art Toronto, Canada’s international art fair at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the /edition fair shares a focus on contemporary art practices. /edition will welcome book publishers, commercial galleries, artist-run centres, and independent artists, collectives, book-makers and dealers from around the world. Visitors will have their eyes and minds opened to alternative ways of looking at and collecting art as they browse a wide range of contemporary and historical editions, multiples, publications and collectible art-related ephemera. 

/edition Toronto is dedicated to the promotion of art book publishing, in all forms, while building an appreciation for artworks produced in editions of more than one. 

We also invite you to connect with /edition Toronto via social media and to use the easy-to-remember tag #editiontoronto:
Instagram: /editiontoronto
Facebook: facebook.com/editiontoronto
Twitter: @editiontoronto

Happy October and we will see you there!