Red Flags: Four Essays on Art and Economics


Red Flags: Four Essays on Art and Economics
by Joe Scanlan
published by Paraguay Press, Paris
18 colors, 40 pages, Swiss binding
28 x 20 cm, 500 copies

Over the past several years, Joe Scanlan has read a lot of seminal economic texts and noticed that a strange thing kept happening: where the original authors were talking about absentee ownership, stagnating markets, colonialism, and government subsidies, in his head he heard them talking about artists’ neighborhoods, Chelsea galleries, tae kwon do lessons, Jack Kerouac. Fascinated with these recurrent, uncontrollable synapses, Scanlan rewrote the texts as he heard them in his head and color-coded each alteration. Produced for his exhibition at castillo/corrales in May 2009, Joe Scanlan’s Red Flags contains four essays that the artist has refracted from original texts by Thorstein Veblen, Joseph Schumpeter, Milton Friedman and Edward Said, gathered in a slim, elegant book, beautifully designed by Francesca Grassi.

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Art and Economics

Letting Red Flags speak for themselves isn’t a cliché. It’s a testament to the passion and talent behind everything we do. It means we stand behind our Red Flags with research and experience from actual problems we’ve defined, measured, and solved. Therefore, no decision, from strategy and development to design and user experience, is made lightly. And because they are Red Flags, you’ll always see them.

We made this book to provide readers with the most innovative and engaging texts on art and economics possible. They foster an atmosphere in which your own creative talent can flourish. We believe that great talent will do great work, so we only sell to collectors who want the opportunity to shine. It’s our guiding philosophy, our promise, and our business model. We:

  • Craft provocative experiences
  • Push beyond the comfort zone
  • Take risks to move things forward
  • Stay away from cookie-cutter solutions

From concept to production to sticking it to the man, collaboration is (and always has been) part of our DNA. By exploiting our talents and your savvy mind, we’re able to produce essays on the political economy of art that are functional yet elegant. We’re literally an open book. We know this collection of texts is probably not the safe choice for most lovers of capitalism and inequity, and we’re 100% fine with that.

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 13 × 10 × 0.75 in