Contributors: Joseph Beuys, Burkhard Brunn, Luis Camnitzer, Sophie Cras, Öyvind Fahlström, Robert Filliou, Roger Fry, Jack Green, Núria Güell, Raoul Hausmann, Isidore Isou, Asger Jorn, Vassily Kandinsky, Yves Klein, Pierre Klossowski, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Kasimir Malevitch, William Morris, Jimmy Morrison, Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio, Charlotte Posenenske, John Ruskin, Joe Scanlan, Allan Sekula, W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy).
What happens to the economy when it is thought, invented and dreamed by artists? It is not well known, but many artists, from the end of the 19th century to the present day, have been economists for a time, going so far as to write treatises whose stated ambition was to renew the discipline from top to bottom.
Whether they were trained in economics at university, built their theoretical conception of art in dialogue with economists, or elaborated a theoretical system in their own right, these artists give us a rich and singular vision, both of the economic thought of their time and of current issues. Value, work, money and capitalism – so many themes scrutinized and revisited by these texts, of which the present work proposes to make the anthology.