Fonds SC123 - Barbara Astman fonds

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Barbara Astman fonds

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  • Multiple media

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CA ON00012 SC123

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  • 1951–2009 (Creation)
    Creator
    Astman, Barbara
    Place
    Toronto

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ca. 5930 photographs
4 m of textual records and graphic material
315 prints
33 postcards
9 matrices for prints
8 videocassettes
7 optical discs
7 posters
5 linoleum blocks
5 tiles
4 layout designs
3 models
3 collages
2 greeting cards
2 drawings
1 audio cassette
1 rubber stamp

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Name of creator

(1950-)

Biographical history

Barbara Astman (1950- ) is a Toronto-based artist who has worked in a wide range of photographic and mixed-media formats. Born in Rochester (NY), Astman was educated at the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Craftsmen and, after moving to Toronto in 1970, the Ontario College of Art. She was a pioneer in the field of colour xerography, and her practice has included a mix of camera art, new media, sculpture and light projection installations. Thematically, her work has explored issues of identity, history, memory, systems of representation and gender perspectives, often involving her own body as a subject. She has executed a number of public art commissions for clients including the Calgary Winter Olympics, the City of Ottawa (St. Laurent Complex Recreation Project), Hayter Street Developments (Bay/Hayter Condominiums, Toronto) and Cadillac Fairview Corporation (Simcoe Place, Toronto). Astman is now a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, where she has been teaching since the mid-1970s. She is represented by the Corkin Gallery. Her work is found in prominent public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris, France), and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Custodial history

The materials now constituting the Barbara Astman fonds were transferred by the artist to the AGO in 2009.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records of the artistic and academic career of Barbara Astman, chiefly in Toronto from the 1960s to the first decade of the 21st century, including photographs of her projects and exhibitions, correspondence and textual documentation of projects, personal and other photos and journals, and some audiovisual materials.

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AGO credit line: Gift of Barbara Astman, 2012

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Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright is held by the creator. Copyright belonging to other parties, such as that of photographs, may still rest with the creator of these items. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.

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Art Gallery of Ontario

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Final

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Partial

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

7 July 2015

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  • angličtina

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