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30 Nov. - 04 Dec. 2011

Commerce by Artists edited by Luis Jacob

Luis Jacob
In this Series

01 Nov. 2011
Commerce by Artists

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.


Chris Burden
Maurizio Cattelan
Clegg & Guttmann
Carole Condé &
Karl Beveridge
Wim Delvoye
Maria Eichhorn
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

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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