Art Barter


Art Barter

It is often declared that the upside of a depression, be economic or psychological, is that it promotes creative thought. Art Barter is hard evidence of this claim.

Launched in november 2009 by London-based curators Lauren Jones and Alix Janta, art barter re-examines our current system of exchange, encouraging the trade of art for goods and services, not money.

While the concept itself isn’t all that new — picasso and modigliani were famous for trading paintings formeals, the chelsea hotel accepted art as rent, and andy warhol traded his talent for a video camera — art barter has expanded the willing artists to include tracey emin, gary hume, mat collishaw, gavin turk and more, and added an element of surprise: the unconventional buyer.

In a time when art and the artist have become commodities, appraised by their monetary value, investment strategies and instrumental objectives, art barter asks: what is a piece of art worth? a year of psychotherapy or piano lessons? a lifelong supply of milk, cheese and eggs? a trip to the bahamas? an exhibition…a kidney? 

At art barter, you can buy art with anything, except money. as tracey emin, who bartered one of her works for 30 hours of french tuition, explains, “it cuts out the middle man… it is looking at the work, rather than the artist.”

susanne mehr, dossier magazine, december 2010

The artists participating in Art Barter for Socle du Monde Biennale are:
Katja Angeli, Ninna Bohn Pedersen, Julie Born Schwartz, Julie Boserup, Troels Carlsen, Asger Carlsen, Christine Clemmesen, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Jason, Dungan, Andrea Jespersen, John Kørner, Steffen Levring, Anna Margrethe Pedersen, Sarah McNulty, Karl Monies, Kirstine Roepstorff, Yngvild Saeter, Marie Søndergaard Lolk, Charlotte Thrane, Maria Zahle
Find out more about Art Barter here.

Socle du Monde Biennale 2017 is supported by: