This is a list of reading material with links to articles on histories, theories, pragmatics, projects and studies on artists’ labour and organizing and other related texts we have began compiling. As is, it is an evolving, working list.

We would be happy to hear from you about relevant texts you have come across that could be shared here! E-mail us at artistwantedcollective@yahoo.com.


Resale Right

MPs Push for Artist’s Resale Right in Canadian Art  News By POSTED: JUNE 24, 2013 http://www.canadianart.ca/news/2013/06/24/mps-push-for-artists-resale-right-in-canada/#sthash.rCXL19EF.dpuf

Why Resale Rights for Artists Are a Bad Idea by Bernhard Berger. Selected Problems in Art Law, March 6, 2001 http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/martin/art_law/why_resale_rights_for_artists.htm

WHEN ARTISTS SEEK ROYALTIES ON THEIR RESALES By ROBERTA SMITH Published: May 31, 1987 http://www.nytimes.com/1987/05/31/arts/when-artists-seek-royalties-on-their-resales.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm


Mondragon co-op and the recession.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/07/mondragon-spains-giant-cooperative

Paul Chan What art is and where it belongs. http://www.e-flux.com/journal/what-art-is-and-where-it-belongs/

Irit Rogoff Free http://www.e-flux.com/journal/free/

Martha Rosler
Culture Class: Art, Creativity, Urbanism
Part I Art and Urbanism
Part II – Creativity and Its Discontents
Part III – In the Service of Experience(s)
Anton Vidokle Art without market, Art without education: Political Economy of Art

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi and Mark Fisher discuss exhaustion, the financial crisis, aesthetic resistance and the ‘slow cancellation of the future’ http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/give-me-shelter/#.UUmsTJBbmlI.facebook


Lewis Hyde: In Defense of the Cultural Commons http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2012/lewis-hyde-defense-cultural-commons

Citizens income (UK) http://younggreens.greenparty.org.uk/AboutUs/Policy/CitizensIncome
“Paid employment is an economic necessity for all but a tiny percentage of the population, but “work” is tied up with miasmic qualities that touch on social and even quasi-religious elements: identity, status, community, habit, duty.”

Creative Scotland faces criticism from Scottish Artists Union – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-19932756

Why You Should Never Have Taken That Prestigious Internship, Interview to Sarah Kendzior by Sam Bakkila http://www.policymic.com/articles/48829/why-you-should-never-have-taken-that-prestigious-internship


Luis Jacob Commerce by Artists

From a Walker Center show – Open Field: Conversations on the commons. http://www.artbook.com/9781935963004.html



Art Projects / Work/Research

culturalworkersorganize is a research project that explores the hypothesis that flexworkers in the arts, communication, and cultural industries are protagonists of a recomposition of labour politics today. http://culturalworkersorganize.org/organizations/

About the work of J. Morgan Puett: not an artwork but a way of work. http://creativetimereports.org/2013/03/04/art-work/

Jeremy Hutchison – ERR: gets outsourced laborers to make purposeful defected items http://jeremyhutchison.com/work/project2.html

OWS – Art and Labor – billboard http://performamagazine.tumblr.com/post/35784041112/worth-more-than-one-million-dollars

BROKEN CITY LAB – a declaration of principles http://www.brokencitylab.org/blog/towards-a-new-collectivity-a-declaration-of-principles-for-artists-cultural-workers-supporters-thereof/

Kirsten Forkert http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/research/current-phd-students/forkert/


Lisa Visser http://www.lisavisser.org/books/dear-established-artist/




Outside Canada
Blog – anti-capitalist – anti-totalitarian around, edu, struggle, politics and culture. http://radical.temp.si/

Workshop (at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) explores emerging currents within scholarship and political organizing that call into question the neoliberalization of the university and explore its alternatives. – http://immateriallabor.wordpress.com/

How Are Artists Getting Paid? in the USA how are they organizing?  http://hyperallergic.com/75549/how-are-artists-getting-paid/

Artists health alliance http://www.ahcf.ca/

Artist Unions

Toronto artist union 1986 http://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/CX3023.htm

History of artist unions http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/artists-organizations

Status of the artist act http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/S-19.6/page-1.html

A graphical call for an artists’ union: http://dismagazine.com/discussion/16605/a-graphical-call-for-an-artists-union/

Temporary services – what the artists’ unions of the 1930s can teach us today http://www.artandwork.us/2009/11/organize-what-the-artists-union-of-the-1930s-can-teach-us-today/

Statistical profile of artists in Canada

Hill Strategies – Canadian social science research on the arts http://www.hillstrategies.com/content/statistical-profile-artists-canada

Waging Culture: The social-economic status of Canadian visual artists http://theagyuisoutthere.org/wagingculture/images/AGYU_WagingCulture.pdf

Reference to conceptual – political art history

OWS http://artsandlabor.org/

W.A.G.E – Working Artists for a Greater Economy
Reading resource list http://www.wageforwork.com/?/resources/5/reading-list

TUCUMAN ARDE – Manifesto (spanish)
really good reference to conceptual – political art history, working with issues of totalitarianism in culture at large and working closely with unions and activists groups: http://www.macba.cat/uploads/20080411/tucuman_cas.pdf

excerpt of Manifesto taken from the preface of Conceptual Art: A critical anthology…“revolutionary art” is the “awareness of the actual reality of the artist as an individual inside the political and social context that surrounds him.” This would lead artists with truly avant-garde and thus revolutionary aims to destroy bourgeois forms of art that “reinforce the institution of individual property and the personal pleasure of the unique art object” by constructing artistic objects capable of producing modifications in society as efficaciously as political acts.”


http://cjres.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/1.toc see TO case- The artistic precariat,  Alison Bain and Heather McLean

http://on-curating.org/issue_16.php see issue- Precarious Labour in the Field of Art

http://www.scapegoatjournal.org/ see- 04: Currency


http://europesupportsartists.wordpress.com/ Permanent Conference of Artistic Resources

https://www.facebook.com/events/178450982336365/ International cultural producers will share their experience as working artists.


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