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Commerce by Artists
Book Launch and
Public Conversation

Fri., March 23, 5-7 pm

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Commerce by Artists
After Party
at Double Double Land

Fri., March 23, 9pm-2am

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by Ben Kinmont
Edition Launch

Sat., March 24, 2-5pm

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

Commerce by Artists
Book Launch and Public Conversation

Fri., March 23, 5-7pm

Hart House, second floor, South Dining Room
University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle

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).

Click here for more information or to purchase Commerce by Artists now.

Special Event Book Pricing:

Commerce by Artists will be offered at special discounted prices at the launch.
Book only $60 ( $5 savings off of the regular $65.00 price )
Book and Metropolitans membership (basic level) $77 ($23 savings)
Book and Metropolitans membership (charitable level) $100 ($65 savings)
Art Metropole Currency Prospectus 2012 will be included with all purchases.

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Updated list of Commerce by Artists-related material.

Participants' Bios:

Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge:
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge live and work in Toronto. They have collaborated with various trade union and community organizations in the production of their staged photographic work over the past 30 years.

Their work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally in both the trade union movement and art galleries and museums.

Luis Jacob:
Born in 1971 in Lima, Peru, Luis Jacob lives and works in Toronto, Canada. An artist, curator, and writer, Luis Jacob has a highly varied practice that is unified by his constant concern with aesthetic experience and social interaction.

His works have been shown across Canada and internationally. A founding member of the Anarchist Free University collective, he is represented by Birch Libralato in Toronto.

Luis Jacob has just recently returned to Toronto after visiting various cultural sites in Europe where he presented lectures speaking about the range of artists' projects featured in Commerce by Artists.

Ben Kinmont:
Ben Kinmont 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.

Mammalian Diving Reflex:
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, producing one-off events, theatre-based performance, videos, installation, theoretical texts and community happenings. Company members range in age from 13 to over 80 years old.

Jon McCurley from Life of a Craphead:
Life of a Craphead is a conceptual comedy duo from Canada, and consists of visual artists Jon McCurley and Amy Lam. They navigate the boundaries between comedy, theatre and visual art, investigating how popular comedy functions within an artistic context.

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

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Join us after the book launch at for a celebratory night out.

Commerce by Artists
After Party

Fri., March 23, 9-2am

Double Double Land
209 Augusta Ave. (down the alley, first door on your right)
Kensington Market

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.

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Edition launch for Ben Kinmont's Sometimes boxed set of published works.

Edition Launch

Sat., March 24, 2-5pm

Art Metropole
788 King Street West

Ben Kinmont will be in Toronto to launch a new Art Metropole-produced special edition.

Sometimes a nicer sculpture is to be able to provide a living for your family
consists of twelve catalogues, selected ephemera, and an original photograph, in a covered cardboard box.

5.9" × 5.3" x 7.9", letterpressed title, inlaid Bugra paper, hot-embossed stamp on two sides by Axel Friedrich, signed and numbered by Ben Kinmont on a letterpressed certificate printed by Urs Jost.

On the afternoon of Saturday, March 24, Ben Kinmont will introduce the Sometimes project and talk about his publishing activities with the Antinomian Press.

Click here to purchase Sometimes now.

Other Ben Kinmont works available for sale.
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Art Metropole is a non-profit artist-run centre incorporated in 1974. We'd like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, as well as our donors for their support.