BARBARA ASTMAN (1950-)
Private Collection, Toronto
Proceeds from the sale of this lot will be donated in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Pivoting between counter-culture politic and consumer-culture critique, Barbara Astman reliably issues a challenging voice on concerns related to media, feminism, and framing that have, in turn, helped advance an all-important generation of contemporary art. Among Astman’s most enduring artistic occupations is her employment and elevation of photography, a medium that underwent a dramatic shift in perception and assignment in the early 1980s and became more widely accepted within the visual arts. Evoking at turns humor and urgency, Astman’s adroit use of archetypal form, her consistent self-reflexivity, and her dexterous adoption of new technologies has helped establish her as a leading woman artist pursuing vulnerable self- and societal analyses through a still-evolving frame.
Born in Rochester, New York, Barbara Astman arrived to Canada in 1970, and three years later, graduated from Ontario College of Art, where she has taught since 1975. Her recent solo exhibition, dancing with che: enter through the gift shop, toured parts of Canada through installations at the McMaster Museum of Art, MOCCA, and Kelowna Art Gallery, between 2011 and 2013. She had a twenty-year survey exhibition that reached four leading museums across Canada in 1996-96. Astman is represented by Corkin Gallery.