Shepherd Steiner is currently teaching in the Art History Department at Emory University. He is the editor of Cork Caucus: on art, possibility and democracy (Frankfurt: Revolver, 2006). Contributions to recent publications include “Loose Ends: Untitled, Unstretched, Rolled Round” in Morris Louis, Now (Atlanta: High Museum of Art, 2006); “In Other Hands: Jeff Wall’s Beispiel” (Oxford Art Journal, vol. 32, no. 2); “of painting and its abuses” in Jörg Immendorff (Los Angeles: Patrick Painter, 2006); and “v.s. a beginning of sorts” (Intertidal, Antwerp: MuKHA, 2006).
CLINT BURNHAM, RANDY LEE CUTLER, TIM LEE, MELANIE O'BRIAN, SADIRA RODRIGUES, MARINA ROY, SHARLA SAVA, REID SHIER, SHEPHERD STEINER, MICHAEL TURNER
March 28, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 7-9pm
At the Brickhouse, 730 Main Street
Please join Artspeak and Arsenal Pulp Press in celebrating the release of 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.
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.
SHARLA SAVA, CLINT BURNHAM, MARINA ROY, TIM LEE, SADIRA RODRIGUES, RANDY LEE CUTLER, REID SHIER, SHEPHERD STEINER, MICHAEL TURNER
October 6–November 3, 2005
Vancouver Art and Economies is a forum for critical dialogue on Vancouver’s contemporary art practices in the face of globalization and a remarkable recent history. Academics, artists, curators and writers will speak at Emily Carr Institute over the course of five evenings in the fall of 2005. The speakers will consider Vancouver art and its institutions over the last two decades in particular, remarking on the economies at work. whether global, institutional or market. Addressing a perceived professionalization of the institution of art, the talks will collectively consider Vancouver’s position within local, national and international art economies. The forum talks will be published in an anthology in 2006.
Thursday, October 6
Sharla Sava: The Political Culture of the Counter-Tradition in Vancouver Art
Clint Burnham: Imperial Art: the Vancouver School in the age of Empire
Thursday, October 13
Marina Roy: The Art Star, the Academic, the Author, and the Activist: Art-writing in Vancouver 1990-2005
Tim Lee: Specific Objects and Social Subjects: Industrial Facture and the Production of Polemics in Vancouver
Thursday, October 20
Sadira Rodrigues: Dealing (with) Cultural Diversity: Art and the Economies of Race
Randy Lee Cutler: Vancouver Singular Plural: Art in an Age of Post-Medium Production
Thursday, October 27
Reid Shier: Do Artists Need Artist Run Centres?
Shepherd Steiner: Beyond the “Ifs” of an “Ifing” Hermeneutic Economy: Examples from an Unsystematizable System
Thursday, November 3
Michael Turner: Who’s Business Is It? Vancouver’s Commercial Galleries and the Production of Art
Title: Vancouver Art & Economies
Writers: Clint Burnham, Randy Lee Cutler, Tim Lee, Melanie O’Brian, Sadira Rodrigues, Shepherd Steiner, Michael Turner, Sharla Sava, Reid Shier, Marina Roy
Editor: Melanie O’Brian
Design: Robin Mitchell
Publisher: Artspeak, Arsenal Pulp Press
Year published: 2007
Binding: Perfect Bound
Features: 13 b&w images, 44 colour images
Dimensions: (Height x Width x Depth) 23 x 15.5 x 2 cm
Weight: 496 g
Price: $30 CDN
Since the mid-1980’s, the once marginal city of Vancouver has developed within a globalized economy and become an internationally recognized centre for contemporary visual art. Vancouver’s status is due not only to a thriving worldwide cultural community that has turned to examine the so-called periphery, but to the city’s 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 intends to complicate 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.