CURRENT ISSUE | FALL 2017: THE IDEA OF HISTORY
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AA Bronson

AA Bronson

Born in 1946 in Vancouver. Lives and works in New York and Berlin.

AA Bronson’s ongoing legacy is that of a founder, a collaborator, and an instigator of the queer and counterculture scene in Canada. In 1969, Bronson co-founded the artist group General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal. Throughout the 70s and 80s, General Idea was instrumental in growing Toronto’s alternative art scene through avenues such as the Miss General Idea Pageant, the independently published magazine FILE (1972–1989), and the founding of Art Metropole, an outlet for artists’ books, audio, video and multiples. The group’s work was always characterized by a clever mixture of politics, play and collaboration, even as the AIDS crisis came to dominate its content in the late 80s and early 90s. After his partners’ deaths in 1994, Bronson turned to independent artistic practice. Much of his recent work engages spirituality and healing, while collaboration and radical organizing have remained integral to his practice. Working as director of Printed Matter, Inc., he founded the New York Art Book Fair in 2005, and he also became founding director of Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair in 2013. In 2009, Bronson founded the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice in New York. Bronson has held teaching positions at UCLA, the University of Toronto and the Yale School of Art, and he has received many awards and honours. In 2008, he became an officer of the Order of Canada and was made Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres for his contributions to French culture.