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Peggy Gale

Peggy Gale

Winner of the 2006 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts, Peggy Gale is an independent curator and writer whose texts on contemporary art, especially video art, have become artistic benchmarks. Born in Guyana in 1944, Gale studied at the University of Toronto and the Università degli Studi in Florence. She has published extensively, with essays in Video By Artists (1976, 1986), Mirror Machine: Video and Identity (1995), and Lectures obliques (1999), and texts in many museum catalogues. She was editor, among others, of Museums by Artists (with AA Bronson, 1983), Video re/View: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists’ Video (with Lisa Steele, 1996) and most recently, Artists Talk 1969–1977 (Halifax, 2004). Videotexts, a selection of her essays, was published in 1995. She has organized many exhibitions including: Videoscape (Art Gallery of Ontario, 1974–1975); XIV Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (1977); Electronic Landscapes (National Gallery of Canada, 1989); the Biennale of the Moving Image (Madrid, 1990) and Tout le temps/Every Time (La Biennale de Montréal, 2000). Peggy Gale lives in Toronto.



Videotexts. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP; Toronto: The Power Plant, 1995.
Video re/View: The (best) source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists' Video. co-editor Lisa Steele. Toronto: Art Metropole/VTape, 1996.
Museums by Artists. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1983.
Video by Artists. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1979.


Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2006.
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