January 26, 2010 - Artspeak - Publications
January 26, 2010


Photo: Linda Chinfen


Artspeak is pleased to announce the publication Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism (2010). The result of a public forum and reading room that investigated the present state of art criticism, this publication features commissioned texts by forum presenters and respondents Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, James Elkins, Maria Fusco, Sven Lütticken, Tom Morton, Kristina Lee Podesva, William Wood and Tirdad Zolghadr. Examining the efficacy and function of art criticism, the publication focuses on the role of judgment and valuation in contemporary art writing and includes transcriptions from forum discussions with the Vancouver audience. Co-edited by Jeff Khonsary and Melanie O’Brian and co-published by Fillip and Artspeak.

Recent Artspeak publications include Carrall Street: Althea Thauberger (2009) and The Cant: Paul McDevitt (2009). Carrall Street documents Althea Thauberger’s event-based work that considers the specificities of a contested Vancouver block, as well as the larger civic site of the city as a nexus of social, economic, political, and cultural realities. The publication includes texts by Rob Brownie and Annabel Vaughan, Kate Fowle, Ruba Katrib, Melanie O’Brian, and Jerry Zaslove, and features performance scripts, forum transcriptions, archival documents, and images.

Referencing the secret language used by travelers and convicts in Elizabethan England and Ireland, The Cant re-imagines drawing as a codified language. This 500-page artist book compiles drawings made by Paul McDevitt over a two-week period while moving through the frontier landscape of British Columbia and is the source for a performance of the same name. A commissioned text by Vancouver novelist Lee Henderson is included on the book’s cover.

Artspeak is a Vancouver based artist run centre established in 1986 that presents contemporary practices, innovative publications, book works, editions, talks, and events that encourage dialogue between visual art and writing. Past publications include the work of artists and writers such as Roy Arden, Stan Douglas, Juan A. Gaitán, Janice Kerbel, Tim Lee, Mark Lewis, Shirin Neshat, Isabelle Pauwels, Lisa Robertson, Kathy Slade, and Susan Sontag.

See Artspeak’s complete backlist and order online at www.artspeak.ca

233 Carrall St.
Vancouver, BC
V6B 2J2 Canada


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