Shop > Artists' Books


Companies Act: Facsimile Edition

N.E. Thing Co.
Brick Press
Artists' Books
27.5 × 21.3 cm
362 pp
Canadian, Catalogue,

“The N.E. Thing Company has developed itself as a factory of ideas, which is far too preoccupied with the production and realization of new ideas to pay much attention to the archival end.” – Jean-Christophe Ammann (Kunsthalle Basel)

Described as a “compendium of company ideas,” Companies Act is perhaps the most important art book by the foundational Canadian conceptual art duo. Companies Act contains 362 collage-like pages comprised of their most critical works, including hand-written descriptions providing great insight into the process and intent of the N.E. Thing Company.

Companies Act was an artwork created for N.E. Thing Co.’s contribution to Kunsthalle Basel’s 1978 “Younger Canadian Artists” exhibition. Kunsthalle curator, Jean-Christophe Ammann knew that N.E. Thing Co. would represent Canada; the question was how. With an oeuvre such as theirs, one artwork would not suffice, and he felt that a “telephone book” worth of work would be the best and only way to represent the ideas, projects and works of the N.E. Thing Co.

N.E. Thing Co. was a North Vancouver based collaborative duo run by co-presidents, Ingrid and Iain Baxter. The “company” utilized an abstracted business model to interrogate art, domestic systems, corporate strategy, and everyday life using photography, information technology and installation-based artworks.

Due to a small first edition in 1978, existing copies are extremely scarce. Companies Act is now available for the first time in over 40 years in a limited edition of 500.

  1. Companies Act
  2. Companies Act
  3. Companies Act
  4. Companies Act
  5. Companies Act
  6. Companies Act

Related Items

  1. Tim Lahan: Some Ways
  2. ar/ge kunst issue #12: Alejandro Cesarco, A Long Time Ago Last Night
  3. Joseph Beuys, Ronald Bladen, Daniel Buren, Carl Andre, Gene Davis, Jan Dibbets, Al Held, Jeff Khonsary, Craig Leonard, Mario Merz, Robert Morris, Robert Murray, N.E. Thing Co., Richard Serra, Seth Siegelaub, Richard Smith, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, and Lawrence Weiner: The Halifax Conference
  4. Alex Turgeon: Listen
  5. Craig Leonard: Michael Fernandes
  6. William Davidson : Protometahumanoid Reunion on Cave Island as witnessed by W.A. Davidson
  7. Jack Pierson: Tomorrow’s Man 2
  8. Stewart Home: Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie
  9. Chris Boni: Poems Done
  10. Han Meichao: Dorian`s Album
  11. Ryan Foerster
  12. Jennifer Morton: Act 3: Constructed Serendipity
  13. Denise Schatz: Teufelsberg
  14. Ryan Compton: Project 6
  15. Uri Gershuni and Shai Zilberman: Eye Contact
  16. Roman Vasseur: Mass For Real Estate
  17. Laura Toots: Perceiving Something Different, After Something Significant, Although Things Remain the Same
  18. Slow Twisting
  19. Acts of Voicing
  20. Philip Monk: Is Toronto Burning?
  21. Walking Woman Works: Michael Snow, 1961-67
  22. Leon Qu: Glass
  23. Rita Kamacho: Infinity Nets
  24. Andrew Dodds: Lost in Space
  25. Anne Moeglin-Delcroix: Ambulo Ergo Sum
  26. Jun Li: Impermanent Instant
  27. Mitchell Thar: Untitled A2
  28. Simon Lewis: Observances / The Book of Soundings
  29. Nour Bishouty and Jacob Korczynski: 1—130
  30. Jim Miller: Flippin’ Harris: A Brief History of Cuts
  31. The Fall at Indig02, Greenwich North, November 24th, 2011 / Reading “The Fall at Indig02, Greenwich North, November 24th“
  32. Danielle LaFrance: Friendly + Fire
  33. Thomas Macker: SIGN SHOW TRADE
  34. Il Piedistallo Vuoto / The Empty Pedestal
  35. 011+91 | 011+92 - On Locational Identity