Is Toronto Burning?
Philip Monk
Book
Is Toronto Burning? Three Years in the Making (and Unmaking) of the Toronto Art Scene takes the reader on a journey through a period rich in the invention of new artistic forms. Punk, semiotics and fashion were equally influential, not to mention transgressive sexuality. Large-scale photographic blow-ups appropriated the language of advertising. Video and performance were aligned in simulations of television production, as the 'underground' mimicked the models of the mainstream for its own critical or satiric purposes. With no guiding movement, and the influence of New York in decline, anything was possible—even the new idea of an art community as a fictional creation.

Published in partnership with the Art Gallery of York University.




20 x 25 cm
256 pages
Hardback
Black Dog Publishing
2016