March 30, 2007 - Artspeak - Vancouver Art & Economies
March 30, 2007

Vancouver Art & Economies

Artspeak
Vancouver Art & Economies

Edited by Melanie O’Brian with essays by:

CLINT BURNHAM, RANDY LEE CUTLER, TIM
LEE, SADIRA RODRIGUES, MARINA ROY, SHARLA SAVA, REID SHIER, SHEPHERD STEINER AND MICHAEL TURNER
Artspeak and Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007

Since the mid-1980s, the once marginal city of Vancouver has developed within a globalized economy and become an internationally recognized centre for contemporary visual art. Vancouvers status is due not only to a thriving worldwide cultural community that has turned to examine the so-called periphery, but to the citys growth, its artists, expanding institutions, and a strong history of introspection and critical assessment. As a result, Vancouver art is visible and often understood as distinct and definable. This anthology complicates the notion of definability. It offers nine essays to address the organized systems that have affected contemporary art in Vancouver over the last two decades.

The essays in Vancouver Art & Economies collectively remark, both compatibly and contradictorily, on the economies at work in Vancouver art its historical, critical, and political engagement; its sites of cultural production; and its theoretical and practical intersection with technology or policy. Considering a selection of conditions, focuses, and resources within the community, Vancouver Art & Economies marks shifting ideologies and perspectives on art, politics, society, and capital in Vancouver.

The book’s essays are by Vancouver writers, artists, and/or curators Clint Burnham, Randy Lee Cutler, Tim Lee, Sadira Rodrigues, Marina Roy, Sharla Sava, Reid Shier, Shepherd Steiner, and Michael Turner, and include colour and black-and-white images throughout.

Melanie O’Brian is Director/Curator at Artspeak in Vancouver. She has organized exhibitions locally and internationally, including at the Vancouver Art Gallery and has written for numerous catalogues and magazines.
Vancouver Art & Economies is co-published by: Artspeak

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artspeak@artspeak.ca
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and Arsenal Pulp Press

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ISBN: 978-155152-214-2
236 pages, 13 b&w, 44 colour images

Vancouver Art & Economies was financially supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, Arts Now: Legacies Now 2010, the Spirit of BC Arts Fund, and the Hamber Foundation.

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