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23 Mar. 2012

Toronto book launch and public conversation for Commerce by Artists

Speakers
Luis Jacob, Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge, Ben Kinmont, Mammalian Diving Reflex, and Jon McCurley
Time
5 pm - 7 pm
Offsite Location
South Dining Room, Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto ON
In this Series

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.

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.

23 Mar. 2012
Toronto Afterparty for Commerce by Artists

Come join Art metropole to celebrate the Toronto launch of its newest By Artists series, Commerce by Artists, edited by Luis Jacob.

The party is at Double Double Land, starting at 9 pm until close! We’ve got the night laid out for you, with DJing by Luis Jacob and Produzentin of Hotnuts fame, plus a live performance by the Gentlelady Regina of Light Fires, and a special currency-based project by Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed.



Art Metropole is pleased to announce two events to mark the Toronto launch of our latest publication, Commerce by Artists, edited by Luis Jacob.

On March 23, 2012 Luis Jacob, artist/curator/writer, and editor of Commerce by Artists, will moderate a conversation with contributors to the anthology including: Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge, Jon McCurley from Life of a Craphead, and two past participants from Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Haircuts by Children project, plus artist/publisher Ben Kinmont from California.

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, revealing various expanded ideas of transaction, value and exchange. Encompassing popular 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).

Special thanks to The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, the University of Toronto and the Masters of Visual Studies Graduate Program.


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.

Canadian artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge moved to New York City in 1969, and soon were at the centre of the burgeoning conceptual art movement. In 1975, they joined the Art & Language journal The Fox (with Joseph Kosuth and Ian Burn) and picketed the Museum of Modern Art to protest its lack of inclusion of women artists, while critiquing the apolitical minimalism of Donald Judd. This ferment culminated in a major museum show, It’s Still Privileged Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1976, just prior to the artists’ return to Toronto in1977.

By the late 1970s, Condé and Beveridge drew a focus on various issues that were urgent within the trade union movement. Their method of working dialogically with their subjects was invented for the landmark 1981 project Standing Up, and has been refined in numerous subsequent collaborations. In the past three decades, over fifty solo exhibitions of Condé and Beveridge’s work have been presented at major museums and art spaces on four continents, including: the Institute of Contemporary Art (London, UK); Museum Folkswang (Germany); George Meany Centre (Washington); Dazibao Gallery (Montreal); Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires); Art Gallery of Edmonton; and the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney).

Equally, and congruent with the artists’ commitment to accessibility, their work has been displayed in a host of non-art and public settings, such as union halls, billboards, bus shelters and bookworks. The artists continue to work and live in Toronto.

Ben Kinmont (Born 1963 Burlington, Vermont, USA) is an artist, publisher, and antiquarian bookseller living in Sebastopol, California. His work is concerned with the value structures surrounding an art practice and what happens when that practice is displaced into a non-art space. Since 1988 his work has been project-based with an interest in archiving and blurring the boundaries between artistic production, publishing, and curatorial practices.

Founded in 1993, Mammalian Diving Reflex is a research-art atelier dedicated to investigating the social sphere, always on the lookout for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences. We are a culture production workshop that creates site and social-specific performance events, theatre-based productions, gallery-based participatory installations, video products, art objects and theoretical texts. Mammalian’s body of work is interconnected, varied and vibrant, reflecting our unique and growing body of knowledge and expertise on the use and function of culture. We create work that recognizes the social responsibility of art, fostering a dialogue between audience members, between the audience and the material, and between the performers and the audience. In all it’s forms, the company’s work dismantles barriers between individuals of all ages, cultural, economic and social backgrounds; we collaborate with non-artists, and offer both participatory opportunities for the audience as well as the traditional option of simply watching the proceedings as they unfold. It is our mission to bring people together in new and unusual ways, in Toronto, Canada, our home-base, and around the world, to create work that is engaging, challenging, and gets people talking, thinking and feeling.

Jon McCurley is a writer/artist from Toronto. He Is 1/2 of Life of a Craphead conceptual comedy group, who recently returned from a West Coast tour. He recently published a book of drawings with the My Topics book series. He co-organized the monthly performance/reading show No Face No Problem 2006-2008 which would happen in chinatown, or on the train tracks. He organized the Abandoned Nunnery Theatre Nights 2007-2008. He Is a regular comedian at Laugh Sabbath weekly comedy series. He is a co-founder of the White House studio, which is a regular house turned into cheap cheap cheap studios. His most recent play was DOUBLE DOUBLE LAND LAND was performed at gallery TPW earlier in 2009. Life of a Craphead are writing 2 new films to start a movement called Movie Summer – Invisible Bitch, and The Second Biggest asshole meets the Biggest Asshole, and a new play – Theatre Cube – to be performed in Denmark in the spring ooh la la la la!