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14 - 28 Feb. 2012

Commerce by Artists European Lecture Tour by Luis Jacob

Speaker
Luis Jacob
In this Series

30 Nov. - 04 Dec. 2011
North American book launch for Commerce by Artists

Art Metropole is pleased to launch the new anthology at the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair.

Commerce by Artists documents a fascinating and sweeping range of artists’ projects produced since the 1950s by Canadian and international artists who have sought to engage, rather than merely represent, the commercial world of which they are a part.

Encompassing canonical works such as Yves Klein’s Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility (1958), Seth Siegelaub’s Artist’s Contract (1971), and Lee Lozano’s Strike Piece (1969) — as well as innovative and rarely-documented works like Keith Obadike’s Blackness for Sale (2001), Kelly Mark’s In & Out (1997-ongoing until 2032), and Ben Kinmont’s Sometimes a Nicer Sculpture Is to Be Able to Provide a Living for Your Family (1998-ongoing) — Commerce by Artists is a comprehensive document of artworks that take the form of transactions and exchanges of value.

Edited by Luis Jacob

Artists include: Chris Burden, Maurizio Cattelan, Clegg & Guttmann, Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, Wim Delvoye, Maria Eichhorn, etoy.CORPORATION, Andrea Fraser, Rainer Ganahl, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Victor Grippo, Hans Haacke, Jens Haaning, Tehching Hsieh, Pierre Huyghe & Philippe Parreno, Mary Kelly, Janice Kerbel, Edward Kienholz, Ben Kinmont, Yves Klein, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Michael Landy,
Life of a Craphead, Lee Lozano, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Richard Manning, Teresa Margolles, Kelly Mark, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Morris, N.E. Thing Co. Ltd., Garry Neill Kennedy, Keith Obadike, Cornelia Parker, Edward Poitras, Martha Rosler, Allen Ruppersberg, Seth Siegelaub, Santiago Sierra, Simon Starling, Mladen Stilinović, Ron Terada, Toxic Titties, Goran Trbuljak, Theodore Wan, Lawrence Weiner, Rachel Whiteread, Martha Wilson, Paul Wong, Erwin Wurm, Lin Yilin, Carey Young.

Includes contributions by: agent.NASDAQ aka Reinhold Grether, Zeigam Azizov, Clegg & Guttmann, Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, Isabelle De Baets and Hendrik Tratsaert, Jorge di Paola, Hu Fang, Elizabeth Ferrell, Gerald Ferguson, Andrea Fraser, Coco Fusco, Hans Haacke, Jens Hoffmann, Luis Jacob, Mary Kelly, Yves Klein, Jeffrey Kastner, Sina Najafi, Jane Crawford, Frances Richard, Richard Manning, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Helen Molesworth, Keith Obadike, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf, Andrea Rosen, Martha Rosler, Reid Shier, Julian Stallabrass, Julia Steinmetz, Heather Cassils, Clover Leary, Neil Thomas, Calvin Tomkins, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Cédric Villate.

25 - 27 Nov. 2011
European book launch for Commerce by Artists

Art Metropole is pleased to introduce Luis Jacob’s most recent book at it’s booth, fresh off the press, Commerce by Artists, published by Art Metropole. The book launch will occur in Berlin at the 2011 Miss Read Art Book Fair in Berlin.

Commerce affects our lives in countless ways, connecting people and products in transactions spanning the globe. Commerce by Artists documents a fascinating and sweeping range of artists’ projects produced since the 1950s by Canadian and international artists who have sought to engage, rather than merely represent, the commercial world of which they are a part. Includes contributions by over 50 artists and writers: Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, Maria Eichhorn, Andrea Fraser, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mary Kelly, Ben Kinmont, Yves Klein, Life of a Craphead, Lin Yilin, Keith Obadike, Martha Rosler, Reid Shier, Ron Terada, Toxic Titties, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and many more.



Luis Jacob will be present at the several European venues to present the new anthology Commerce by Artists and to speak about related artists and issues.

Luis Jacob is presenting a lecture speaking about the range of artists’ projects featured in Commerce by Artists, published by Art Metropole and edited by Jacob.

His talk will contextualize his interest in the idea of Commerce by Artists with a presentation of the “network aesthetics” of Canadian artist collectives Image Bank (Vancouver) and General Idea (Toronto); he will further discuss the status of artistic production, in relation to the importance of process, flow, circulation and the relationship between material “things” and immaterial “values” and/or “meanings.”

Commerce by Artists collects artworks that take the form of transactions and exchanges of value. It encompasses over 50 works such as Yves Klein’s Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility (1958), Seth Siegelaub’s Artist’s Contract (1971), Lee Lozano’s Strike Piece (1969), and Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s Manifesto for Maintenance Art, 1969! (1969), as well as innovative and rarely-documented projects like Keith Obadike’s Blackness for Sale (2001), Kelly Mark’s In & Out (1997, ongoing until 2032), and Ben Kinmont’s Sometimes a Nicer Sculpture Is to Be Able to Provide a Living for Your Family (1998, ongoing).

Tour Dates:

February 14: Paris – section 7 books
February 15 : Utrecht – Casco
February 16: Brussel – Etablissement d’en face
February 18: Antwerp – Extra City
February 28: Dusseldorf – Kunsthalle Duesseldorf


Luis Jacob was born in Lima, Peru, in 1970. Lives and works in Toronto.

Luis Jacob is a Toronto-based multimedia artist and curator concerned with notions of collectivity, and, increasingly, with acts of looking and meaning-making. Jacob studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto in the early 1990s, and he soon became immersed in local politics and club culture, as well as the art world, all three coming into play in his first decade of output, which often included experimentation with relational aesthetics. In 2005, Jacob showed Habitat at the Art Gallery of Ontario; this, among other things, piqued the interest of then-visiting Documenta 12 curators Ruth Noack and Roger Buergel, who included him in the 2007 event. Since then, Jacob has shown internationally and with great variety, focusing on found objects (his Album series, for instance, part of which is now owned by the Guggenheim Museum in New York) and the nature of the image. A touring retrospective of his work was hosted by Montreal’s Darling Foundry and Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2010 and 2011.

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2: Luis Jacob speaking during his European tour.
3: Jacob leading the discussion at one of his European stops during the Commerce by Artists tour.

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