Posted August 05, 2010 by admin

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

The Library of the National Gallery of Canada houses the most extensive collection of visual arts literature in Canada. The Canadian collections aim at comprehensiveness. There are 70,000 documentation files and 650 linear meters of institutional archives and private papers., in addition to books, periodical, slides and photos. The National Gallery also has the files of the 49th Parallel.

The collection of most importance to AS-AP is the Art Metropole Collection, which includes the Art Metropole Fonds, the General Idea Collection, and Ray Johnson Mail Art.

Established in Toronto, Ontario in 1974 by the three artists of the group General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal), Art Metropole was one of the first artist-run centres in Canada; it became, and continues to be, part of the international network of parallel galleries committed to conceptual art.

Art Metropole's early commitment to collecting, cataloguing and preserving the artistic production and documentary evidence of the conceptual art movement was unique in the alternative gallery community which developed in Canada in the 1970s. Material was received by exchange, donation and purchase, in non-traditional, multi-media formats (artists' books, multiples, video and audio works, mail art, posters, postcards and stamps), through the new lines of communication established outside the standard commercial and institutional vehicles of exhibition and distribution. The collection includes, as well, exhibition catalogues and periodicals (from both mainstream and alternative sources), printed ephemera and archival materials, and trade publications on the avant-garde. From its inception Art Metropole viewed as central to its activities this role as collector and custodian.

The Library's holdings are also recorded in the AG Canada database, the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN), and AMICUS, the national union catalogue maintained by the National Library of Canada. Metropol Archives

Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology
The Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D)
1530, boul Saint Laurent, Bureau 402
Montreal Quebec
H2X 2V1
Tel: 514-987-7177
Fax: 514-987-7492

Archives and research materials related to art and technology The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology operates a Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D). The CR+D seeks to document history, artworks and practices associated with electronic, digital media arts and make this information available to researchers in an innovative manner. The CR+D's documentation collection covers electronic and media arts from the early sixties on.

Collection: 1631 documentary files on individuals and organizations; 5 fonds and special collections: Images du futur Collection, Steina and Woody Vasulka fonds, Collection of documents published by E.A.T., Collection of films on Frank J. Malina, The Nine Evenings of Theatre and Engineering fonds. 600 CD-ROMs and other digital material; 300 audio CDs; 700 videotapes; 20 films

Access: The CR+D, which is located at the Foundation's headquarters in the Ex-Centris Complex in Montreal, is open to researchers by appointment.

Centre d'Information Artexte
Contemporary Art Documentation Centre
460, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montreal Quebec
H3B 1A7 Canada
Tel: 514 - 874-0049
Fax: 514 - 874-0316

Artexte's documentation centre has resources in the field of visual arts (from 1965 to the present), focusing on exhibition catalogues and Canadian art.

They currently comprise: more than 14,000 books (including a comprehensive collection of 8,500 Canadian exhibition catalogues published since 1965);8,000 vertical files (with 5,500 artists dossiers containing slides, photographs, audio and video recordings, CD-ROMs, etc.); 250 periodical titles (magazines, journals and newsletters).

Access:Online search The centre's collections can be consulted free of charge on the premises, and will provide research assistance.

Updated 5-19-09