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Engendering an avant-gardeThe unsettled lansdcapes of Vancouver photo-conceptualism$
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Leah Modigliani

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526101198

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526101198.001.0001

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Conclusion

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(p.228) Conclusion
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Engendering an avant-garde
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Leah Modigliani

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526101198.003.0008

The historical evidence of a backlash levied against the Vancouver Art Gallery and the perceived hegemony of the Vancouver School that reached a peak in 1989-1990 is addressed in the conclusion. Diverse groups of artists became critical of the very process of discourse formation that this book reflects upon, and became much more vocal about demanding their inclusion in symposia, exhibitions, and critical writing. Unsurprisingly this backlash dovetails with the rise of foreign investment in condominium development and urban gentrification called “Vancouverism” after Expo 86. The discursive territory of Vancouver photo-conceptualism, built upon the image of a defeatured landscape, became ensconced as an international commercial success just as the public spaces of the city were opened up to the ‘global’ reach of neoliberal capitalism, ensuring that the actual features of the city would be less accessible and more expensive to live in for those artists living there.

Keywords:   Territory, neo-liberalism, Vancouverism, Vancouver Art Gallery, feminist art criticism, identity politics, settler colonialism, vertical city, Jeff Wall, Vancouver School

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