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b. 1946, Canada

AA Bronson Biography

AA Bronson is the surviving member of the legendary Canadian conceptual art collective General Idea, a 25-year collaboration in art and life with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal which ended when they both died of AIDS in 1994. General Idea was a unique, influential practitioner of a type of high-camp conceptualism in which performance strategies, punk-rock aesthetics, drag queen bravado, intellectual rigor, and political resistance were blended into an irresistible mélange. Bronson, with Partz and Zontal, is among the first internationally recognized contemporary artists to produce artwork in a group structure. General Idea's later collaborative works, produced in response to AIDS, are among the masterworks in the literature of this plague. His partners influence on Bronson during their lifetimes, as well as the legacy of their deaths, figure prominently in the artist's current work.

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Weaving together concepts derived from such seemingly disparate sources as Tibetan Buddhism and Post-Modernism, Bronson uses the particulars of his own biography — professional and personal — to address the universal issues of humanity. Utilizing language taken from the Holocaust and our knowledge of post-traumatic stress disorder, Bronson’s works transport us from the specific traumas of his personal loss, to the global tragedy of AIDS, to a beginning understanding of the transient and illusory nature of life and love. Employing dream narratives and conveying a Buddhist understanding of perceived reality as an illusion, Bronson’s new photographs and objects transform crippling tragedy into spiritual growth.

AA Bronson was awarded the Bell Award in Video Art (2001). Other awards include The Gershon Iskowitz Prize (1988), The Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Toronto (1993), the Banff Centre for the Arts National Award (1993), and the Jean A. Chalmers Award for Visual Arts (1994). Bronson's work has been shown in numerous places such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and The Balcony, Toronto, and he is one of the participants in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. General Idea exhibited in private galleries and major museums in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia, and undertook countless temporary public art projects around the world. 

AA Bronson Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, PS81E at Esther Schipper, Berlin
16 June–25 July 2020 Group Exhibition PS81E Esther Schipper, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, AA Bronson, General Idea, AA Bronson + General Idea at Maureen Paley, London
30 September–11 November 2018 AA Bronson, General Idea AA Bronson + General Idea Maureen Paley, London

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London Frieze Week: The Lowdown Ocula Report London Frieze Week: The Lowdown By Jareh Das, London

Located in Regent's Park, Frieze London has expanded to focus on historical works in recent years, with the introduction of Frieze Masters in 2012, further reinforcing London 's position as a leading art destination. Beyond this year's edition (4–7 October 2018), a range of unmissable exhibitions are taking place across London in both commercial...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin By Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Gallery Weekend Berlin is a long-established highlight in the German art world's calendar. This year, the fourteenth edition takes place from 27 to 29 April, and features no less than 47 participating galleries showcasing emerging talent alongside established names. With many other exhibitions and events taking place across one of Europe's most...

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