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Art Gallery of Ontario biographical questionnaires collection
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Toronto Painting '84 questionnaires

Series contains files compiled in preparation for a show of Toronto painters by the Adult Programs Department at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Letters from Peter Dale with questions attached were sent in May 1984 to the 24 artists involved in the show. There were three slightly different questionnaires, each with 7-8 questions. The letter and lists of questions can be found in the administrative files. The responses are arranged alphabetically.

Biographical questionnaires

Series consists of files containing forms published by the Art Gallery of Ontario and filled in by artists. The early forms (1912-1930) contain the following fields: Name (in full), Born (Date), Studied, Have received awards as follows, Am represented in the following collections,
Member of, Refer to published articles, books, etc., as follows, Date, Post Office Address, Signature. Many of the forms have been pasted onto larger sheets and in some cases letters, clippings and death dates have been added. In a few cases there are two forms of different dates for one artist. Forms from the 1970’s additionally ask for art dealer, technique, works in private collections, works in public collections and positions held. The forms are arranged alphabetically by author’s last name.

Art Gallery of Ontario biographical questionnaires collection

  • LA.SC027
  • Collection
  • 1912-1984

The Art Gallery of Ontario Biographical Questionnaires Collection consists of written responses to forms requesting factual information pertaining to the careers of 372 Canadian artists. The Collection consists of printed forms that have been completed and signed by Canadian artists between 1912 and 1979 and a group of 24 responses to questions posed by AGO staff in 1984. The final group is concerned more with the nature of the artist’s work rather than factual and biographical information. The earliest forms were one page in length; basic information regarding birth date, education, exhibitions, awards, publications and a signature was requested. Forms sent out in the 1970’s are two pages; the 1980’s files consist of lengthy responses in essay format to 7 or 8 questions. Two of the artists from the final group submitted audio tapes that have been transcribed. An alphabetical listing of artists can be found in the administration file. Forms were completed in the following years (numbers in parentheses indicate the number of forms completed for a given year): 1912 (69); 1913 (43); 1914 (20); 1915 (16); 1916 (9); 1917 (7); 1918 (17); 1919 (6); 1921 (1); 1922 (1); 1923 (47); 1924 (22); 1925 (23); 1927 (34); 1928 (3); 1929 (1); 1930 (1); 1945 (1); 1974 (3); 1976 (1); 1979 (1); 1984 (24). Fonds is comprised of the following series: 1. Biographical questionnaires 1912-1979 2. Toronto Painting ’84 questionnaires

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

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