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We encourage you to browse through these important related publications 

Documents from the  Art Workers Coalition 1969 Open Hearing, which took place at the School of Visual Arts in New York City

An Anti-Catalog, Artists Meeting for Cultural change, 1977

Gregory G. Sholette, Political Art Documentation and Distribution: A 1980’s Activist Art and Networking Collective

Andrea Fraser, “How to Provide an Artistic Service: An Introduction”, 1994

Gregory G. Sholette, How to best serve the New Global Contemporary Art Matrix, 2000

Simon Sheikh, Representation, Contestation and Power: The Artist as Public Intellectual, 2004

Precarias a la deriva, Adrift through the circuits of feminized precarious work, 2004

Katya Sander, Criticizing Institutions?, 2004

Lia Perjovschi and Dan Perjovschi, Detective Draft – The Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, 2005

Angela Mitropoulos, Precari-Us?, 2005

Suely Rolnik, The Geopolitics of Pimping, 2006

Suely Rolnik, The Body’s Contagious Memory: Lygia Clark’s Return to the Museum, 2007

Artists in the Workforce Study put together in 2008 by The National Endowment for the Arts (USA)

David Riff, Criticality or Truth? , 2008

Anny Shaw, Anti-capitalist work of art proves “too political,” 2009

Radical Change in Culture, A Manifesto, 2009

Guerrilla Girls, The Guerrilla Girls’ Guide to Behaving Badly(Which You Have to Do Most of the Time in the World as We Know It), 2010

Marina Gržinić, An Analysis of  the exhibition “Gender Check  – Masculinity and Femininity in the Art of Eastern Europe,” MUMOK, Vienna, November 2009/February 2010

JJ Charlesworth, Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun’s Experiment in Deinstitutionalisation, 2010

Isabell Lorey, Becoming Common: Precarization as Political Constituting, 2010

Keti Chukhrov, Towards the Space of the General: On Labor beyond Materiality and Immateriality, 2010

Rena Rädle, From Soros Realism to Creative Class, 2010

Free Labour, Enforced Education and Precarity by The Carrotworkers’ Collective, 2011

Sarah Witt, Dear Levi, I like your pants, but…, 2011

Over 130 International Artists Call for Guggenheim Boycott over Migrant Labor Exploitation, 2011

Reflections on “In the Engine Room: Working Conditions for Cultural Workers” debate, Belgrade, 2011

Beral Madra, Why the Censorship of Azjerbaijan’s Pavilion Shames the Venice Biennale, 2011

Dorian Batycka, The Venice Biennale: Structuring Subjectivities, History, Politics and Art, 2011

Corina L. Apostol interviewed by, ArtLeaks, when art rebels against itself!, 2011 (in Italian)

Dara Greenwald, Does Corporate Culture  STILL Suck?, 2011

Bezna editorial collective, The Dark Side of Art and Its Autonomy, 2011

Whitney Kimball, Wall Street Occupennial, 2011

Claudia Firth, Waving or Drowning, 2011

Maria Vishmidt interviews W.A.G.E. (Working Artists in the Greater Economy), in LABOUR Magazine, 2011

Hito Steyerl, Politics of Art: Contemporary Art and the Transition to Post-Democracy, 2010

Hans Abbing, Notes on the Exploitation of Artists, presented at The Labour of the Multitude? The Political Economy Of Social Creativity organized by the Free/Slow University of Warsaw, 2011

Gregory Sholette, Resources about art and labor including historical efforts by artists to gain more security and better working conditions, available at Dark Matter Archives

Yates McKee, The Arts Of Occupation, 2011

Milena Placentile, Creative Resistance Beyond Survival, 2012

Naomi Hennig, From Art Strike to Human Strike: Subjects are Leaving the Factory, 2012

Evgenia Abramova, On Art Workers’ Labour Conditions in Moscow, 2013

Evgenia Abramova, “Manager” v.s. “Girl,” 2013

Lise Soskolne,  Who Owns a Vacant Lot? Orthodoxy vs. Culture Industry, 2013

Tatiana Bazzichelli & Geoff Cox, eds., Disrupting Business: Art & Activism in Times of Financial Crisis, 2013

Octavian Esanu, ed., Critical Machines: Exhibition and Conference Publication, 2014

steirischer herbst & Florian Malzacher, eds., Truth is Concrete Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics, 2014

Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle, eds., Reclaiming Realism, Open Systems Journal, 2014

Vesna Vukovic & Una Bauer, eds., Art&Money, Frakcija #68/69, 2014

Artists for Palestine UK, Resisting bullying and censorship, 2015

Minna Henriksson, Erik Krikortz and Airi Triisberg, eds., Art Workers – Material Conditions and Labour Struggles in Contemporary Art Practice, 2015

Vladan Jeremic, Rena Raedle, eds., A Real Work of Art – art, work and solidarity structures, RAM Galleri, 2015

Georgios Papadopoulos, Politics as Art against the Art of Economics; Reflections on the Skills of Economy Sessions, Helsinki, 2017

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2011 2:02 PM

    do women have to be naked to get into the met museum?
    dont forget the guerilla girls, fighting discrimination with facts, humour and fake fur

    • September 16, 2011 2:22 PM

      Thanks for the reminder, shusha ! The Guerrilla Girls are very relevant to our cause – Corina

      • October 1, 2011 6:52 PM

        I can already tell that’s gonna be super hlefpul.

    • October 1, 2011 6:42 PM

      I might be betiang a dead horse, but thank you for posting this!

  2. September 11, 2011 2:35 PM

    Thank you for the suggestions – please keep them coming and contribute to our debates – Corina

    • October 1, 2011 4:12 PM

      What liberating knwlodege. Give me liberty or give me death.

  3. Editor, WOID permalink
    September 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    Hey, don’t forget the following:

    Paul Werner. Museum, Inc. Inside the Global Art World. Prickly Paradigm Press, 2005.

    – Musée et Cie: Globalisation de la Culture. L’Harmattan, 2009.

    – Museo, S.p.A. La globalizzazione della cultura. Johan & Levi, 2009.

    – The Red Museum. Art, economics and the ends of capital. The Orange Press, 2010.


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