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Collection Summary
 

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

Box List

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Michael Bidner fonds:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title: Michael Bidner fonds. 
Dates: – ca. 1968-1990 ; 1971-1986 predominant. 
Quantity:  – 28.5 cm of textual records and 3 photographs. 

Biographical Sketch

Michael Bidner (1944-1989), Canadian graphic artist and painter, is noted for his use of xerox and microfilm technology. Bidner's interest in reproduced imagery complimented his involvement with mail art. In 1972, he founded Cloud Productions, a mail art style artist publication project in Vancouver, B.C. His last project involved the complete cataloguing and exhibition of his own large collection of mail art artist stamps (artistamps). The project was completed posthumously, as a tribute, after Bidner died of AIDS in 1989. Bidner exhibited works on an ongoing basis and participated in various community arts projects and art education endeavours. He briefly taught art at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario (1973). Over the course of his career, he corresponded with art institutions, artists, and friends.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of mail art designed by Michael Bidner, including mailings that Bidner prepared for the National Gallery of Canada's documentation files. There is also correspondence and mailings received by Bidner from Canadian poet and playwright Paul Stoesser; British friends of the artist in Vancouver; Glenice and Charles Jones (including a photograph of Glenice Jones); Canadian artist Wyn Geleynse (1947- ); Canadian artist and Gallery director Flavio Belli (1950-); Canadian artist Robert John and his wife Marie Fortin John; Canadian artist Yosef Drenters (1931-1983); Canadian artist Philip Aziz (1923- ); and American illustrator Barry Zaid. The fonds includes professional correspondence relating to Bidner's career, materials from the New York Corres "sponge" dance of Vancouver mail art movement, and 'complete and return' forms for mail art projects. There are also materials relating to various exhibitions and community arts programmes in which the artist was involved, including: the Artistamp Project, Artario '72, Nancy Poole Studios, the Canadian Gypsy Field Research Project, the Great Canadian Supershow of Canadian Ideas, the Polyglot Gallery, and the "Newborn" project. The fonds also includes material related to Bidner's participation in the arts in the schools programme in Lambton County, Ontario (1972) and his teaching experience at Fanshawe College, as well as miscellaneous exhibition related materials and newspaper and magazine clippings. There are miscellaneous photographs, including 1 photograph of a work by Bidner and 1 photograph of Bidner as a child in the fonds.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by the artist, 1972-1984.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Michael Bidner fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Associated material: For further information, see Visual Resources database records for the collection.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Index Terms

Names:
Bidner, Michael, 1944-1989
Document Types:
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Exhibition files.
Mail art.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated to the National Gallery of Canada (1972-1984) by Michael Bidner in response to the National Gallery of Canada's request for documentary information on his work. Part of the fonds was created by Bidner as mail art in response to that request.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Michael Bidner fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources
Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
 
T 613-990-0597
F 613-990-9818
 
ccampbel@gallery.ca 


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Detailed Description of the Collection

Box List

Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 Mailing to the National Gallery of Canada re Documentation files
File 2 Mailing to the National Gallery of Canada re Documentation files
File 3 Mail art, 1973
File 4 Paul Stoesser letters and mailings
File 5 Chas Jones letters
File 6 Glenice Jones letters
File 7 Wyn Geleynse letters
File 8 Flavio Belli mailings and letters
File 9 Robert John letters and mailings
File 10 Marie Fortin John letter
File 11 Yosuf Drenters cards and clipping
File 12 Barry Zaid letter
File 13 Philip Aziz note
Box Folder
Box 2 File 14 Miscellaneous professional correspondence
File 15 New York Corres "Sponge" Dance Shool of Vancouver materials
File 16 Cloud Publications
File 17 'Complete and return' forms 75
File 18 'Complete and return' forms 75
File 19 Artario '72
File 20 Nancy Poole Studio
File 21 Explorations project "Canadian Gypsy Field Research Project"
File 22 The Great Canadian Supershow of Canadian Ideas
File 23 Polyglot Gallery
File 24 "Newborn"
File 25 Artistamps
File 26 Artist in the Schools, art education projects
File 27 Fanshawe College
File 28 Miscellaneous exhibition related material
File 29 Newspaper and magazine clippings
File 30 Miscellaneous microfilm information
File 31 Miscellaneous
File 32 Photographs - M. Bidner and miscellaneous

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