What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art
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What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art
CCA Wattis Institute/State University of New York Press, 2005
Paperback, 184 pages

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Edited by Ted Purves, with essays by Bill Arning, Kate Fowle, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Mary Jane Jacob, Ben Kinmont, Lars Bang Larsen, Ted Purves, Jörgen Svensson.

Arising from a series of artists' projects and a symposium organized by the Wattis Institute, this book examines contemporary artists' use of the "gift"—the distribution of goods and services—as a medium for artistic production.

Featuring a detailed survey of over 50 artists' projects from 15 countries, What We Want Is Free explores how these artists use their projects to connect participants to tangible goods and services that they might need, enjoy, and benefit from.

Featured Artists
Jeremy Deller, Harrell Fletcher & Jon Rubin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Wang Jin, Ben Kinmont, Suzanne Lacy and Pilar Riano, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Cesare Pietroiusti, Michael Rakowitz, Temporary Services, Simparch, Superflex, Rirkrit Tiravanija, W. A. Ehren Tool