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Chrysanne Stathacos fonds:
Chrysanne Stathacos is a multi-media artist and educator whose work has been exhibited extensively in museums, galleries, sculpture gardens, train stations, and public spaces internationally for twenty-five years. She was born in Buffalo, New York in 1951 and studied fine arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art (1969-1970); at York University, Toronto (1970-1973); and at the Open Studio, Toronto (1975-1976). Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s Stathacos was active in the Toronto artist-run community, curating projects for A-Space, and co-directing The Gap, a performance art space she co-founded in 1980 with Martin Heath, Colin Lochhead, Elke Town, and David Buchan (1950-1994). In the late 1970s Stathacos became associated with the art collective General Idea, eventually becoming close friends with the group's founders, AA Bronson (b. 1946), Felix Partz (1945-1994), and Jorge Zontal (1944-1994). Stathacos moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1981 and after two years there relocated to Manhattan, where she co-curated The Abortion Project with Kathe Burkhart (b. 1958) at Artists' Space and the Simon Watson Gallery, New York in 1991 and the following year collaborated with Hunter Reynolds, aka Patina du Prey (b. 1959), on a performance piece entitled The Banquet at the Thread Waxing Space. Other major works by Stathacos include 1-900, Mirror Mirror (1994), a performance piece; The Wish Machine (1995), her first interactive public art work; The Aura Project (1999-2006); Refuge, a Wish Garden (2002); and The Roses (2006). Noteworthy collaborations in which Stathacos participated include Green Machine (1994), with composer Ben Neill (b. 1957); and One Night, One Garden One Wish (2006), with sound artist Andrew Zealley (b. 1956). Stathacos has received awards from Art Matters (1995), the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation (1998), the Japan Foundation (2001), and the Puffin Foundation (2005). She is represented in numerous public collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; the Art Gallery of Hamilton; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.
The fonds consists of correspondence, including four letters and eight postcards from Felix Parge, one letter from Jorge Zontal, two letters and one postcard from David Buchan, four letters from Tuscan artist Luciano Bartolini (1948-1994); miscellaneous materials related to Jorge Zontal's memorial in 1994; drawings by Zontal, including one finished drawing (signed "Zontal"), five small sketches, and sketches on the cover of the Queens, New York yellow pages from 1980-81; and a poodle fragment given to Stathacos by Parge in the early 1980s. Three of the letters from Bartolini have sketches on them and one letter from the artist has a piece of gold leaf on the upper portion of the first page.
Source of title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada by Chrysanne Stathacos in 2010.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Chrysanne Stathacos fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Finding aids: Box list available.
Collection processed and finding aid prepared by Philip Dombowsky in 2010.
[Title of item], Chrysanne Stathacos fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.