General Idea: A Retrospective 1969-1994
Now in paperback, this volume presents an overview of the legendary Canadian collective General Idea. Founded in Toronto in 1969 by Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson, the trio adopted a generic identity that “freed it from the tyranny of individual genius.” Their intermingling of reality and fiction took the form of a transgressive, often parodic take on art and society.
Paintings, installations, sculptures, photographs, videos, magazines and TV programs— General Idea’s is an authentically multimedia oeuvre that has lost nothing of its freshness. The book covers the collective’s main themes, such as the artist and the creative process, glamour as a creative tool, art’s links with the media and mass culture, architecture and archaeology, sexuality and AIDS. It is richly illustrated with documents and reproductions of key projects realized by General Idea from 1969 to 1994.
With texts by Jean-Christophe Ammann, AA Bronson, Louise Dompierre, Elisabeth Lebovici, and David Moos. Edited by Frédéric Bonnet
Designed by Gavillet & Cie
Published by JRP|Ringier, 2017
Softcover, 224 pages, b&w and color illustrations, 6.75 × 9.25 inches