Gallery Moos fonds
- 1959-1998 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
2.3 m of textual records 24 posters 2 film reels
Name of creator
Walter Moos was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1926. He was educated at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Geneva (graduated 1946) and at the New School for Social Research, New York, from 1948 to 1951. Moos moved to Toronto from New York in 1959, having become acquainted with the city through visits with his brother, an engineer, who lived there. He married Martha Wegmuller in 1962, and had two sons, Michel André and David Alfred. The Moos family has a well-established history as gallery owners. Walter Moos is a founding member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, and served as its president from 1971 to 1978. He was the chairman of its appraisal committee from 1972 to 1989. He served on the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council from 1972 to 1982 and is the founder and past trustee of the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation.
Name of creator
Gallery Moos was opened by Walter Moos in May 1959 at the corner of Avenue Road and Davenport Road in Toronto. Early in 1963 it moved to Yorkville Avenue, becoming one of the first arrivals in what was to become a significant gallery district of the city, and subsequently prospered there for some 30 years. In July 1992 the gallery moved to its current location at 622 Richmond Street West.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Fonds acquired from creator in August, 2002.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Fonds consists of administrative records of Gallery Moos, including files on artists and associated dealers and galleries, art fair participation and travel. Fonds also contains the gallery’s published output, including exhibition invitations and catalogues, posters, and limited edition publications. Two films on gallery artist Gershon Iskowitz are also included. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Artist files Gallery, dealer and associate files Art fair files Travel files Exhibition invitations and catalogues Posters Films Limited edition publications
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Further accruals are expected.
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Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Access to Series 1 (Artist files); Series 2 (Gallery, dealer and associate files); Series 3 (Art fair files) and Series 4 (Travel files) will require the written permission of Walter Moos until a period of five years has elapsed from the time that Gallery Moos ceases operation.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright is retained by the creator. Copyright belonging to other parties, such as that of photographs, may still rest with the creator of these items. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission for the reproduction of any part of the fonds.
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A detailed finding aid is available.