A political economy acted out with various objects

  • New Open Letters (2022)

    Urgent missives commissioned from sixteen contemporary artists and writers, exhibited and dispersed

  • Monochrome Multitudes (2022)

    A font based on an artwork by Blinky Palermo put *to use* in a show about monochrome painting

  • Reworking (2022)

    A continuing investigation of work

  • Confessions of the Century (2021)

    what it means to work, or make work, or work for a living

  • Laziness (2021)

    An online portal through which participants could book occupancy of a queen-size bed during regular business hours

  • Cinema Pie (2021)

    A series of films by and about Marcel Broodthaers screened remotely worldwide—or in-person with pie


    Over forty artists, graphic designers, musicians, engage the alphabet

  • ATLAS: serial works on paper about the body (2020)

    a group show curated for the Broodthaers Society of America

  • Artisanal Complex (2019)

    An investigation into the genre of "the store as art" in the central district of Amsterdam

  • Class Relations: Phantoms of Perception (2018)

    Organized by Bettina Steinbrügge at the Kunstverein in Hamburg with Monica Bonvicini, Los Carpinteros and others

  • New Tricks, New Schemes (2018)

    Scanlan's fifth solo show at Martin Janda

  • Décor | Avant-poste (2018)

    Two exhibitions inspired by Marcel Broodthaers' concept of "décor," curated from the collection of the FRAC des Pays de la Loire

  • Indoor Outposts (2016)

    Solitary confinement, "roughing it," and imaginary time-space travel are common literary themes

  • Veritablement (2016)

    A collaborative meditation on cultural appropriation and branding at ARCO, Madrid

  • Le Classisme (2015)

    A text originally published by the artist in 2909 translated into a full-blown museum installation, replete with Richard Prince standees.

  • Dick’s Last Stand (2014)

    Complete performance transcript and commentary for Dick's Last Stand, Donelle Woolford's contribution to the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

  • Abstract Labor, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (2013)

    An exhibition not unlike a baker of pies whose apples are still ripening on the trees.

  • Mu.Zee, part I: Object Lesson (2012)

    Part I of a two-part exhibition and ongoing project at the Museum aan Zee in Ostend, Belgium

  • Möbel (2011)

    When pictures become furniture, there is a direct historical reference to the development of pictures as moving objects.

  • Three Works (2011)

    An exhibition in which Joe Scanlan exhibited seven works, maybe more.

  • AA Bronson * Healer (2010)

    A brilliant interview by Steve Lafreniere commissioned for Commerce 10, People in Trade.

  • Diversification (2009)

    Although seldom invoked in the art world, Diversification is corollary to much that transpires between artists, critics, galleries, and museums.

  • Hirsch Perlman, Kunstler (2008)

    A talk by the artist as part of a two-day conference on Art & Labor at Yale University, published in Commerce 10, People in Trade.

  • The Process of Creative Destruction in Action (2008)

    Images of Joe Scanlan's third solo show at Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna.

  • Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007)

    A rejected proposal.

  • Thingsthatfall Pavilion (2007)

    An installation that unfolded over the course of eighteen months on the top floor of the K21.

  • Disorder: Various Local Stores (2007)

    A breakdown of pop-up stores and other commercial interventions on the European continent, 2002 - 2005.

  • Entropy For Sale (2005)

    A great shift is occurring in the American psyche.

  • Massachusetts Wedding Bed (2004)

    An inquiry into the role that craftsmanship, love, and local commerce play in changing the people's hearts and minds

  • Ship of Fools (2004)

    A sculpture made during the re-election of president George W Bush, with Dick Cheney et al in tow.

  • Ikon Earth (2003)

    Dirt, and lots of it, nicely packaged and sold for £8.