What's in and out matters because the way the art world usually works means that the scope of Markonish's project will discourage other curators from taking on the subject for a decade or more. So this first take by Markonish, who previously had no special expertise in Canadian art, can in effect become a definitive history.

Over the entrance to the show Markonish places Divya Mehra's white neon rainbow with the slogan "We made it in America." The word "America" blinks purple, on the fritz. It radiates a joking testiness about America in general and as arbiters of taste in particular. The title comes from a Tupac lyric: Hollow victory (You gotta learn to hold your Own. They get jealous when They see ya with ya mobile phone).

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