Thursday, July 28, 2011

General Idea survivor AA Bronson talks to Canadian Art magazine

Canadian Art magazine has published an online interview with AA Bronson, the sole survivor of the three members of the Toronto-based groundbreaking contemporary art group General Idea. 
It coincides with the opening Saturday 30th of "Haute Culture" at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the sole North American showing of a retrospective created by theMusée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Bronson is quite forthright in describing to Tess Edmonson the environment in the early '70s in which the trio (him, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal) essentially had to conjure up an audience for their art. He's also frank about their complicated relationship over the years with the AGO which wanted the group's archive in the early '90s but simply didn't have the staff or budget to handle it (it went to the National Gallery of Canada instead.)
Image: General Idea Baby Makes 3 1984–9 Courtesy the Estate of General Idea and the Art Gallery of Ontario


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