- 1948–1982, predominant 1964–1981 (Creation)
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3 cm of textual records
3 photomechanical prints
Name of creator
The Pollock Gallery (active 1960–1981), was a commercial art gallery in Toronto established by art dealer, author, art educator and painter Jack Pollock. First located at 205 Elizabeth St in downtown Toronto in 1960, the gallery initially represented Canadian artists, most notably Norval Morrisseau. In 1966, the gallery showed works by the Hungarian-Canadian painter Julius Marosan. Later, works by British and American and other artists were exhibited, including those by David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Anni Albers and Dieter Roth.
Within a year, the gallery relocated to 201 Elizabeth St (1961–1963), then 599 Markham St (1963–1971, with another site at 604A King St West 1966–1968), 356 Dundas St West (1972–1975, with another site at the Toronto Dominion Centre 1972–1973), and lastly 122 Scollard St in the Yorkville area of Toronto (1975–1982, with another site, 209 Adelaide St East 1980–1983). During its years of activity, the gallery employed Brian A. Marshall Schieder, Philip Ottenbrite (assistant director), Eva Quan, Frank Costin, Laurie Payne (graphic director), Helen Boyd, Renya Onasick (advertising and publicity), Lawrence Hurst (gallery administrator), Stephen Long (librarian) and others. Within months after Jack Pollock became chronically ill, the main gallery officially closed in December, 1981; the Pollock Gallery went into bankruptcy in 1983.
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Scope and content
Series comprises files of materials on artists whose works were exhibited by the Pollock Gallery in the 1960s and 1970s, together with artists who were applying to the Pollock Gallery for representation, and others. The files include photographs of paintings, prints and sculpture; artist biographies; chronologies of exhibitions; exhibition announcements; newspaper reviews, miscellaneous photocopied materials, and related items. Further records of artists associated with the Pollock Gallery will be found in series 4, 6 and 7.
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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.
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Various copyright holders. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.
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Title based on the contents of the series. (File titles are taken chiefly from the ring binders in which the files were kept.)
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Photo credits are supplied for photographers of items in several files of the series.
Series includes 365 photographic prints and 294 slides (photographs).
The Art Gallery of Ontario holds works by artists named in this series in its permanent collection: Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Harold Feist, David Hockney, Dieter Roth, Arnold Shives, and Alexander Wyse.
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Originally prepared in 2018