Required Reading

Art Versus Work by Julia Bryan-Wilson

Art Workers Coalition, "Art Workers Won't Kiss Ass," 1969

Julia Bryan-Wilson's recently published Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era, is the first book dedicated to the history of the Art Workers' Coalition. Her analysis of AWC members Carl Andre, Robert Morris, Hans Haacke, and Lucy Lippard opens up a rich discussion of the complexities of the term "art worker" and the relationship between art and labor. An excerpt of the opening chapter of her book has been made available through the Temporary Services website and paper, Art Work: A National Conversation about Art, Labor, and Economics. You can access it here:

An audio version of this article was recorded by independent curator Joseph del Pesco and released recently through the SFMoMA blog. Del Pesco has started to gather recordings of all of the articles in Art Work, available here:

This post is part of a series on art production and economy by Rhizome's Curatorial Fellow Jenny Jaskey. The first post was an interview with Caroline Woolard of, which can be accessed here.