Collection: AA Bronson

AA Bronson is an artist living and working in Toronto and Berlin. In 1969 he formed the artists’ group General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal; for the next 25 years they lived and worked together to produce the living artwork of their being together, undertaking over 100 solo exhibitions, and countless group shows and temporary public art projects. Since his partners died in 1994, AA has worked and exhibited as a solo artist, often collaborating with younger generations, as in his performance series Invocation of the Queer Spirits.

Bronson’s work—as an artist, healer, curator, and educator—is dominated by the practice of collaboration and consensus. From his beginnings in a free school and commune, through his 25 years as one of the artists of General Idea, in his deep involvement with founding and developing collaborative and social structures such as Art Metropole, the NY Art Book Fair and AA Bronson’s School for Young Shamans, and through his current collaborations with younger generations, he has focused on the politics of decision-making and on living life radically as social sculpture.

AA Bronson first came to Open Studio as a Guest Artist with General Idea in 1985. In 2000-2001, he returned to the print studio to produce two screenprints that call back to the work of General Idea: Couer Volant, and Mondo Kane Karma Sutra. He was invited to create his Red Hankie screenprints as part of a publishing project at Open Studio in 2004. 

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