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.

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.


In stock

Publishing director(s)

Luis Jacob


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

Publishing house

Art Metropole









Number of pages

386 p.


20,5 x 26,5 x 4 cm