Born Michael Wayne Tims in 1946 in Vancouver, Canada.

Lives and works in Berlin.

Awards

2014 AICA Award, Netherlands
2011 Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France
2008 Officer of the Order of Canada
2002 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, Canada

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2018 AA Bronson's Garten der Lüste, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
2016 AA Bronson, Kunsthalle Wichita, Wichita, KS
2015 AA Bronson’s Garden of Earthly Delights, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
AA Bronson’s Sacre du Printemps, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
2014 AA Bronson: Life and Works, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto
2013 AA Bronson: Tent for Healing, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
The Temptation of AA Bronson, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
2008–09 Invocation of the Queer Spirits (with Peter Hobbs), Creative Time, New York, NY; Fire Island Pines, New York, NY; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; Creative Time, New Orleans, LA, and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff
2004 AA Bronson: The Quick and the Dead, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver
2003 AA Bronson: The Quick and the Dead, The Power Plant, Toronto
2002 Mirror Mirror, MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, MA
2001 Negative Thoughts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2000 AA Bronson 1969–2001, Vienna Secession, Vienna

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2016 Broken Flag, ICEBERG PROJECTS, Chicago, IL
2015 Self-Timer Stories, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg and MUSAC, León
2014 AA Bronson’s HOUSE OF SHAME, Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
Love Aids Riot Sex 2: Art Aids Activism 1995 Until Today, NGbK, Berlin
2012 Surplus Authors, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Composed: Identity, Politics, Sex, Jewish Museum, New York, NY
2010 Singular Visions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Love’s Body: art in the age of AIDS, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
2006 Six Feet Under, Kunstmuseum Bern

AA Bronson co-founded the artists’ group General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal in 1969. The three artists worked and lived together until the deaths of Felix and Jorge in 1994.


Since then, Bronson has worked and exhibited as a solo artist, often collaborating with younger generations of artists. Since 1999, he has worked as a healer, an identity that he has also incorporated into his artwork. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Director of Printed Matter, Inc. in New York, founding the annual NY Art Book Fair in 2005. In 2009, he founded the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in New York, which he now co-directs. In 2013, he was the founding Director of Printed Matter‘s LA Art Book Fair. He has taught at the University of California in Los Angeles, the University of Toronto, and the Yale School of Art.


AA Bronson’s artistic practice has long included elements of shamanism, although this tendency became more apparent only after the deaths from AIDS in 1994 of his collaborators Zontal and Partz. At the same time, as Bronson acknowledged: “The 60s obsession with Eastern religions, states of the ecstatic, and theories of radical living and working fit me perfectly. General Idea never presented itself as spiritual, but behind our corporate mask, we were the product of our generation.”


Bronson’s best-known project is perhaps his series of performative healing rituals and séances, Invocation of Queer Spirits (2008–09), for which he collaborated with Toronto artist Peter Hobbs to stage spiritual experiences in five locations across North America; in Banff, Alberta, New Orleans, Louisiana, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Governor’s Island, New York, and Fire Island Pines, New York. Bronson has characterized this series of performances as “a hybrid between group therapy, ceremonial magic, a séance, a circle jerk, and a quilting bee.”

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