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Intercourse: Art as transaction

The issue Commerce | Intercourse focuses on the “transactions” implicit in relational aesthetics, by considering how certain works fall within the scope of market logic, by reflecting on the ethics of these practices and on the risks of involving participants, and by analyzing works that voluntarily exploit various financial models, be it in parody or for profit.

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Family

As the basis for social organization and the primary site of socialization, the family has drawn particular attention in the visual arts since the inception of art history. As contemporary art seems well engaged in an examination of cultural practices, the family, in all its forms, is returning to the spotlight. Many artists today revisit family traditions, sites, and taboos, challenge what has been held as unspeakable by digging into archives, and invent new, intimate forms of sociability out of biographical experiences. This issue reflects on family histories as they are rewritten in contemporary art.

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