Struggles with the Image by Philip Monk

Struggles with the Image by Philip Monk

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Softcover, 5.25 x 8.5 in.

222 pp.

Published by YYZBOOKS

Toronto, 1988

An indispensable consideration of Canadian art in the eighties. Monk examines the problematics of cultural production and criticism in a uniquely Canadian context.

From 1977 – 1984, Philip Monk  was a writer, and in the early 1980s a free-lance curator as well. Over the years, once he became an institutional curator in 1985, he used curating as a means to continue to be a writer and directing as a writer’s project. From 2003 to the end of 2017, he was Director of the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto. Previously he was curator at The Power Plant (1994 – 2003) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (1985 – 1994), both in Toronto. He has written twelve books, including Glamour is Theft: A User’s Guide to General Idea (2012) and Is Toronto Burning?: Three Years in the Making (and Unmaking) of the Toronto Art Scene (2016). As well as scores of articles, reviews, and essays, he has written dozens of catalogues on international and Canadian artists. In 2009, he was the inaugural recipient of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2011 he received the Hnatyshyn Award for Curatorial Excellence. In 2017, he won the Outstanding Contribution Award in the Governor General's Awards for Visual and Media Arts.






Struggles with the Image


Violence and Representation

Breach of Promise

From Drift to Dialogue

The Zero Machine

Coming to Speech

Language and Representation

Semiotics of Reception

Colony, Commodity and Copyright

Staging Language, Presenting Events, Representing History


Axes of Difference

Subjects in Pictures



ISBN: 0-920397-06-9