Barbara Fischer and Marysia Lewandowska; Toronto; 4/12/88

Curator and writer Barbara Fischer talks about how artists position themselves in relation to the mainstream art world in Canada, and how this choice is shaped by museums, the art market and arts education. She questions the apparent 'alternative status' of most artist-run spaces in Toronto at that time, and discusses her involvement with A Space gallery, taken over by "a bunch of artists" who wanted to see it democratically run and offering a space for non-European art.

Fischer and Lewandowska discuss how this fits into a wider context of cities like New York and Paris where 'the system' is particularly visible; artists can effectively marginalise themselves by staying within their peer group; and whether there's a potential for progressiveness in rejecting the middle class status that is associated with living as an artist.

In relation to the function and place of the museum they ask, who is an expert?


Accession No. WAA.005
Artist: Barbara Fischer and Marysia Lewandowska
Container annotation: SIDE A: Carole Conde continued SIDE B: Barbara Fischer
Place/Year: Toronto 4/12/88
Type: Private Conversation
Technical aspects:
Duration: 60'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: TDK