GOOD BIKE

C80 BPNICHOL LANE ——— Coach House Books was a hub of art activity in the late 60s and early 70s as conceptualism began to take hold and artists’ books and multiples became important pieces of the visual art puzzle. But it also served a completely practical purpose, as a generous provider of discounted flyers and posters for art shows for such budding Canadian art giants as Greg Curnoe and General Idea. Inevitably, it became a sort of clubhouse for a community of artists steeped in the pre-Mink mile Yorkville scene, gathering around a now-storied, battered wooden table to share coffee, ideas — and, as the tell-tale burns might suggest a few other things — in a feelgood moment of collective creativity. ——- Written by Murray Whyte