The man himself, at an opening in New York with ever-present cigarette (lung cancer would eventually kill him).Carmen Lamanna For Beginners:
Av Issacs and the Toronto art scene - 1950s to the mid-1980s:
The fabled block: Av Isaacs, with Carmen further to the north, and ground zero for the tiny queer art and fashion scene in the pre-punk days, the Fiesta Restaurant, sandwiched between the two.
There aren't that many photos of the gallery floating around webwise, but these two shots from 1969 give a good sense of the space. The art is ‘of its time’, and long forgotten. You can see Carmen standing on left.
An installation shot of General Idea’s “Going Thru the Motions” at Carmen Lamanna, 1975
Also the original installation of the “Boutique from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion”, 1980. Anya Varda manning the desk.
General Idea "Reconstructing Futures" 1977