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Canadian, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 16 June 1946, in Vancouver.

Performance artist, installation artist, photographer. Artists’ books

General Idea.

AA Bronson studied at the University of Manitoba’s School of Architecture and was involved with an underground newspaper and workshops there in the mid-1960s. Through these activities he met Felix Partz and, in Vancouver, Jorge Zontal. Together they formed the seminal artist trio General Idea in Toronto in 1969. General Idea created a variety of projects—from performances and paintings to FILE magazine (1972–1989) and the artist-run collection and distribution centre Art Metropole (1974–)—during their 25-year collaboration, which ended when Partz and Zontal died of AIDS-related causes in 1994. Bronson has since produced solo work, often involving photographic self-portraits, and collaborative performances, often devoted to healing, such as his series of Invocation of the Queer Spirits performances from 2008.

AA Bronson’s practice also encompasses his activities as an editor, writer and curator for Art Metropole projects as well as projects with other collaborators. His artist’s books continued his practice from General Idea of extending and translating performances, installations, and other art forms into widely distributable print editions. He has been active in Toronto, New York City and Berlin. He served as director of Printed Matter, Inc., in New York ...