Series LA.SC114.S3 - Identity documents

Identity area

Reference code

LA.SC114.S3

Title

Identity documents

Date(s)

  • [191-?]-[198-] (Creation)

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Series

Extent and medium

8 items of textual records

Context area

Name of creator

(1921-1988)

Biographical history

Gershon Iskowitz (1921-1988) was an abstract painter based in Toronto for much of his artistic career. Born in Kielce, Poland, he survived internment in Nazi concentration camps and lost his entire family in the Holocaust. Iskowitz studied art in Munich at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in 1947, soon transferring to private studies with Oskar Kokoschka. He moved to Toronto in 1949. His work developed from wartime imagery to a focus on landscapes (particularly inspired by practice in the Parry Sound area), eventually arriving at his mature abstract expressionist style in 1967. Iskowitz began exhibiting with Gallery Moos in 1964, a relationship which continued throughout his career. He taught at the New School (Toronto) from 1967-1970, and his informal mentoring of artists in Toronto is often noted. Iskowitz, along with Walter Redinger, represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1972. The artist established the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation in 1985, with the mandate of awarding the Gershon Iskowitz Prize to a mature practising artist; since 2007 the Foundation has partnered with the Art Gallery of Ontario to administer the Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO.

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Scope and content

Series consists of various identity documents from throughout Iskowitz’s life, from his Displaced Person’s pass to his Ontario Senior Citizen card.

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No further accruals are expected

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Conditions governing access

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

Conditions governing reproduction

Various copyright holders. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds/collection.

Language of material

  • English

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Institution identifier

Edward P. Taylor Library and Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Originally prepared in 2009

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  • English

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