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Barbara Astman at the National Gallery of Canada

Right side image: Barbara Coming...Barbara Going , c.1973 © Barbara Astman

Right side image: Barbara Coming…Barbara Going, c.1973 © Barbara Astman

Congratulations to Barbara Astman for her inclusion in the exhibition Photography in Canada: 1960–2000 at the National Gallery of Canada! Her work is a part of the Social Commentary/Feminism/Gender section. The show was organized by the Canadian Photography Institute.

Where: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
When: April 7th – September 17th, 2017
More Info: Photography in Canada: 1960-2000

Exhibition catalogues are available for purchase here.

Barbara Astman Exhibition at the Corkin Gallery

Barbara Astman, I was thinking about you... untitled (Ira), 1978

Barbara Astman, I was thinking about you… untitled (Ira), 1978

Looking: Then and Now

May 6–29
Reception: May 6, 6pm–8pm
7 Tank House Lane
The Distillery, Toronto


OCAD U faculty & Alumni Barbara Astman pioneered the artistic use of both analogue and digital reproduction techniques. She is among the first to discover and explore technological practices and concepts—key signifiers in contemporary art. Merging technology with the handmade, Astman’s practice explores themes of glass ceilings, women’s issues, and how media informs current thinking.

Astman studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a hotbed of artistic energy in the 1970s, and emigrated to Toronto during the Vietnam War.Looking: Then and Now explores the artist’s 40-year career of photo-based media innovation. Much of Astman’s work involves the use of objects, including household wares or store-bought novelty items. Imbuing these objects with memories and histories, she dematerializes the material and makes personal the impersonal, exploring the role objects play in forming personal and collective histories while commenting on consumer culture. Astman was one of the first to utilize the Polaroid in her art, treating the medium more like a malleable, three-dimensional material than a flat, two-dimensional surface. Her self-portraits have been carefully choreographed so that her image becomes removed from reality, a symbol of constructed memory. Then, in a process of scratching into, enlarging, Xeroxing, or printing over, the photograph is further removed from a document, becoming closer to an object itself.


Barbara Astman: Project 31

Spotlight on Project 31: A live auction in support of OCAD U students.

Active community member and OCAD U Faculty, Barbara Astman is directing the auction proceeds from her work to the Photography Program Special Projects Fund.

Barbara Astman, It’s all about style #38, Mixed media on stonehenge paper 2014, 22” x 30” Courtesy of the artist and Corkin Gallery. Estimate: $5,000

Barbara Astman, It’s all about style #38, Mixed media on stonehenge paper 2014, 22” x 30”
Courtesy of the artist and Corkin Gallery. Estimate: $5,000

Barbara Astman’s fascination with newspapers and media is an ongoing obsession, but, with the It’s all about style series, Astman is exploring new approaches to producing artworks whose meaning and essence are partially revealed through the tactility of the materials from which they are made.

This shift to working primarily with non-traditional and lo-tech, handcrafted image making introduces a resourcefulness which also informs the concept.

Barbara is an OCAD U Alumni and Faculty since 1975. She is one of Canada’s most highly acclaimed artists whose work has received national and international recognition. She is represented by the Corkin Gallery in Toronto.

“I love photography for its tenuous relationship to reality. There’s a kind of realism there – whether it is reality or not, but it connects us to it. So even if I’m creating these strange installations with coffee mugs, and key chains, and all of that, there’s still this image, and this image then does connect you to reality” 

She is one of 46 donor artists for Project 31, OCAD University’s faculty art auction to support student programming.


Check out: This beautiful series of artists statements + photographs of Barbara captured by Photojournalist, Marta Iwanek, on Wonderer and this recent interview from The Artful City.


The live auction will happen:

Thursday, March 24, 2016
OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Reception & Silent Auction: 6 p.m., Live Auction: 7:30 p.m.

Catalogue preview

Barbara Astman: The Artful City


Photography by Jo-Anne McArthur

Check out The Artful City’s interview with OCAD U professor (and alumni) Barbara Astman.  Learn about Barbara’s public art practice and hear her suggestions on how Toronto can support more public art!

Bio:  Barbara Astman’s work has received national and international recognition. Since the 1970s she has explored a wide range of photographic and mixed media and her work is represented in many museum, corporate, and private collections in Canada, United States, and Europe. Astman has degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen, and the Ontario College of Art. Active in the Toronto arts community, Astman has served on numerous boards and advisory committees and she was a Trustee on the Board of Trustees at the Art Gallery of Ontario. From 2009 to 2013, she was an appointed member of the AGO’s Canadian Curatorial Committee.

In 1995 the Art Gallery of Hamilton organized a major touring retrospective exhibition: Barbara Astman – Personal/Persona – A 20 Year Survey, curated by Liz Wylie. Astman has been commissioned for public art projects beginning in the mid eighties: in 1987 she completed a floor installation for the Calgary Winter Olympics; in 2005, a public art installation for the new Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany; and most recently she completed a public art project in Toronto, at the Murano on Bay, comprised of 217 windows with photo-based imagery.

In 2008 Astman and AGO Associate Curator, Canadian Art, Georgiana Uhlyarik collaborated on a curatorial project for the Transformation AGO Exhibition, dealing with Joyce Wieland and early feminist practice.

Astman’s photo-based work was included in the AGO exhibition titled: Beautiful Fiction, fall 2009. In May 2011, her recent installation, dancing with che: enter through the gift shop, opened at the Kelowna Art Galley and then toured, showing at: the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON.; MOCA, Calgary; and MOCCA, Toronto in the spring of 2013. She was recently in the two group exhibition: Art Gallery of Ontario,Light My Fire Part I: Some Propositions About Portrait and Photography through October 20, 2013; and at the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton: Flowers and Photography through August 17, 2013.

For the Koffler Gallery’s opening exhibition in Toronto November 2013, to February 2014, Astman was commissioned to create a photographic installation and most recently, April 2014, she had a solo show at the McIntosh Gallery, London, ON, accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.

She is represented by the Corkin Gallery, Toronto.

Call for Artwork: Come Together


Propeller’s Annual Curated Exhibition with guest Curator Barbara Astman
Exhibition Dates: April 27 – May 15
Deadline: Sat. April 9th @ 3:00PM

Submit HERE

Propeller gallery presents our much-anticipated annual guest curated exhibition, now in its 19th year. Each year Propeller invites a prominent figure within the arts community to contribute their knowledge and experience in developing a theme and selecting works for a completely unique exhibition. This year we have the pleasure of hosting Toronto-based artist Barbara Astman as curator. The theme, Come Together invites artists to submit their most compelling work, exploring ideas around community and unification.

Curator’s statement:

The theme for the Propeller curated exhibition is “Come Together”. This is obviously based on the title of the well-known Beatle’s song from 1969. The song was written originally to facilitate building bonds and uniting as one.

I am applying those very words to the art community. “Come Together” makes the case for community both personal and public. It also addresses human attachment, love, intimacy, togetherness, human interaction and longing. I would like to see work submitted that takes this theme and runs with it, pushes it and expands upon it. I am not looking for literal or illustrative interpretations of community whether that is personal or public, but I am looking to be surprised and hopefully challenged by what you submit.

Since this exhibition will be taking place during Contact photography festival, it would be exciting to see some photo-based works that tackle this theme amongst the entries, but all mediums will be considered. I encourage submissions of time-based works, perfomative, audio and or text based works (maybe even photo-based work made without a camera). Artists should think broadly about the theme, I am looking for diversity in the submissions and work that speaks to your community, whether that be personal or public. I want to see what “Come Together” means to you and from there I will endeavor to create an exhibition/event that fully explores what community can mean on a broader scale. 

I would encourage you to think about not only the walls, but the windows, floors and the outdoor park across the street from the gallery.  There is limited space, but I challenge you to surprise and delight me with some outrageous ideas that can use the space in unique ways. 

Come together right now over me. (go ahead and sing it.)

–       Babara Astman, Artist.


Artist Talk by Barbara Astman: Saturday, Sept 19th


Join OCAD U Professor Barbara Astman in conversation with Jane Corkin as they discuss Barbara’s current exhibition,  I as artifact.

Saturday, September 19, 2-3 pm

Jane Corkin Gallery
7 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
The exhibition continues until Sunday, October 11th, 2015.

Barbara Astman Exhibition

Barbara Astman, I as artifact #17, 2014

Barbara Astman, I as artifact #17, 2014

The Jane Corkin Gallery presents Barbara Astman, I as artifact 2008-2014
Opening: Wednesday September 2, 6-8 pm

In I as artifact, Barbara Astman presents a collection of haunting, mask-like representations of the artist, evocative of other cultures.

Bio: Barbara Astman’s work has received national and international recognition. Since the 1970s she has explored a wide range of photographic and mixed media and her work is represented in many museum, corporate, and private collections in Canada, United States, and Europe.  Barbara is a Professor at OCAD U teaching in the Photography and Drawing & Painting.

Jane Corkin Gallery
Distillery District
7 Tank House Lane
Toronto, M5A 3C4

Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM
Sunday, 12PM-5PM


Barbara Astman at the AGO

Barbara Astman, Florida detail

Imagery by: OCAD U Professor Barbara Astman, “Florida detail”

Look Again: Colour Xerography
Art Meets Technology at the AGO

April 25, 2015 – April 17, 2016

In the mid-1970s several young Canadian artists embraced the cutting-edge technology of the colour Xerox machine. Six of them – Robert Arn, Barbara Astman, Flavio Belli, Michael Bidner, Michael Hayden and Jaan Poldaas – joined forces with curator Karyn Allen during an exciting two-week exhibition at the AGO in the fall of 1976. As an art medium, xerography made it possible to produce inexpensive copies of virtually any image or object. It allowed artists to play with images from the mass media, recombining or altering them for their own use. Visitors today will recognize this art form as a precursor to the pervasive circulation of digital images today.

This installation draws upon our rich archival holdings of Astman and Bidner from the 1976 exhibition.

 Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto Ontario Canada M5T 1G4

This exhibition is included with general admission.

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