“This Is Not a Toy” is the only exhibit to date to highlight the conceptual toy as both a cultural signifier and a piece of art. Currently on exhibit in Toronto at The Design Exchange (DX), “This Is Not a Toy” is guest curated by Pharrell Williams along with John Wee Tom and the Associate Curator from DX Sara Nickelson.
The museum has been transformed to create a fantastical atmosphere filled with in your face colours and patterns in keeping with the exhibits playful nature. On display are works from artists such as Takashi Murakami, Huck Gee, KAWS, and FriendsWithYou, and range from miniature figurines to larger than life free-standing sculptures. “This Is Not a Toy” allows exhibit goers to indulge in a childlike yet sophisticated realm that provides a crossover between childish toys to contemporary art.
Every year, Toronto (Canada) holds an all night art festival: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Across the city, both local and international artists showcase their work for citizens and tourists to see – all for free for the whole 12 hours. Intersected with sponsored/comissioned exhibitions are those put on by the art community at large. Previous years have seen downtown boutique hotels with massive balloon installations on the outside, bands performing in the window of closed stores, and two locals dress up and re-enact a famous tennis match.
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