Fonds - Peter Day fonds

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Peter Day fonds

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  • 1963-1998 (Creation)
    Day, Peter

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10 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

Born in England in 1949, Peter Day was a curator, journalist, art consultant and collector in Toronto, Canada, from 1976 to 1990. In his professional career, Day was the managing director of the Mira Dodard Gallery in Toronto from 1977 to 1983. He also co-chaired the Canadian Special Committee for the Arts (the Macaulay Committee), he was a member of the City of Toronto Public Art Commission, and he was a public art consultant for several Toronto building projects. In addition, Day was a visual arts reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio programme "State of the Arts", an associate editor of "Canadian Art" magazine, and editor of "Impulse" magazine. He wrote two books published by Summerhill Press: "Canada's Gigantic" with photographer Henri Robideau, and "Art in Everyday Life" with Linda Lewis. He also wrote a book for Art Metropole titled "Ian Hamilton Finlay: the bicentennial proposal; the French War: The War of the Letter". Day was a collector of the works of concrete poets, whom he promoted through his writings and exhibitions. Peter Day died in Toronto in 1990.

Custodial history

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery purchased the Peter Day fonds in 1995, from Annex Books in Toronto. Further accruals came from Dr. Ken Morton in 1996. In 2000, the Henri Choping and Phillip Kaplan purchase was added to the Peter Day collection.

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The Peter Day fonds consists of over 2000 items, monographs, limited edition books and artists' books, drawings, posters, prints, cards, boxes, wrappers, video tape recordings, and various small sculptures. The fonds contains the following series: The Peter Day collection of Concrete Poetry, correspondence, and photographs.

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Series/box file lists and item level descriptions are available in hard copy and on a Microsoft Access database. Online Finding Aid

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