Barbara Astman

Barbara Astman

Barbara Astman’s work has received national and international recognition. Since the 1970s she has explored a wide range of photographic and mixed media. 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 Ontario College of Art. Active in the Toronto arts community, Astman has sat on numerous boards and advisory committees. She was a Trustee on the Board of Trustees at the Art Gallery of Ontario and an appointed member to the Canadian Curatorial Committee at the AGO from 2009 – 2013.

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. She is represented by the Corkin Gallery, Toronto.

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 she completed a public art installation for the new Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. Most recently she completed a public art project in Toronto, 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 has been on tour to the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON, MOCA, Calgary, both in 2012 and currently it is on exhibition at MOCCA, Toronto.

She currently has a solo exhibition on at Corkin Gallery titled, Barbara Astman, dancing with che: Polaroids and digital prints through August 17, 2013. Astman is also currently in the two group exhibitions, 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.

Recently she completed a special project for fashion week, which took place in October, 2013 and a new photographic installation for the opening show at the new Koffler Gallery, Toronto that opened in November 2013 and is on show through January 2014. On January 25, 2014 Astman will open a exhibition of new works at the Corkin Gallery, Toronto.

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Year of Graduation: 1973
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