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Remembering Postmodernism

Trends in Canadian Art, 1970-1990

by (author) Mark A. Cheetham & Linda Hutcheon

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
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The postmodern in Canadian visual arts had reached its zenith by the late 1980s. When Remembering Postmodernism was published just a few yeast later, it was perfectly poised to be the first detailed examination of this movement in Canadian art. Lauded as "ground breaking" and "intelligent" by critics, Mark A. Cheetham's study focuses on memory as a central and recurring issue in the work of some forty of our leading artists, individual and collective. Among the artists discussed are Bruce Barber, Carl Beam, Ian Carr-Harris, Melvin Charney, Allyson Clay, Andy Fabo, Joe Fafard, General Idea, Angela Grauerholz, Janice Gurney, Barbara Steinman, and Joanne Tod.

Cheetham's discussion deals with postmodernism's relation to the art-historical past as well as its built-in retrospective construction of modernism, against which it defines itself. In addition, he explores such issues as the gender implications of art-historical remembering and the social and frequently political potentials of postmodern art. In her afterword, noted theorist Linda Hutcheon presents a broad overview situating Cheetham's detailed discussions within the ongoing debates about postmodernism in Canada and internationally.

Illustrated with 30 colour reproductions of paintings, sculptures, and installations, the second edition of Remembering Postmodernism is an essential book for anyone concerned with the history of the visual arts in Canada in their international context.

About the authors

Mark A. Cheetham is a professor of art history at the University of Toronto. His book Artwriting, Nation, and Cosmopolitanism in Britain: The "Englishness" of English Art Theory since the Eighteenth Century is forthcoming from Ashgate. He recently co-curated the exhibition Jack Chambers: the light from the darkness, silver paintings and film work for Museum London (2011).

Mark A. Cheetham's profile page

Linda Hutcheon holds the rank of University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. A specialist in postmodernist culture and in critical theory, on which she has published nine books, she has also worked collaboratively in large projects involving hundreds of scholars.

Linda Hutcheon's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"thought-provoking work."

--The Prairie Journal

"Cheetham's ground-breaking work should surely be known by everyone with a continuing interest in this country's recent visual art."

--Globe and Mail


"A must read."

--Globe and Mail


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