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Download a variety of free copies of Art Work to read, print and host an exhibition, discussion or reading group. Also, if you are not in a place where the paper is being distributed and you want a printed copy, we are making them available for free through Half Letter Press. We will have to charge a small fee for shipping. But we are making no profit on the paper’s dissemination. Order one copy or 100. We will ship them to you.

Versions of the Paper

We have prepared several versions of Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics. Feel free to copy, email, transmit, hang in public, host or link to from you blog, or otherwise distribute any of these versions.

Printed Version

There is a printed version of the paper. Two runs, totaling 12,000 copies, were printed (10,000 with soy ink on 100% recycled paper). They are being distributed in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. They are also being distributed in several European cities. For an up to date list, please visit:

You can also get free printed copies from Half Letter Press: We ask that you pay for shipping to help defray the costs of making the paper available for free. The number of copies you can order is limited only by availability.

This Web Site

The online version of the paper has content that none of the other versions have. We encourage you to look at the additional articles, personal stories, bibliographies, essays, comments, discussions, pictures and more that we will be adding regularly. Use the web site as a tool. Please explore it and add your voice.

High-Resolution PDF (16.9 mb)

A high resolution PDF is available. It was made ready for printing copies of the paper either with a commercial printer or for your own personal, high-quality print out. For large-run printing, please note that the final, folded size of the paper is 11″ x 12″. We are available to answer other questions you might have about printing the paper. Email:

Low-Resolution PDF (1.8 mb)

We made this copy easy to share with others via email, or for viewing online. Note that the resolution of some images will be much lower quality than the high resolution version.

Classroom PDF (1.3 mb)

We made this PDF for those who want to use the newspaper in the classroom. It contains the contents of the paper reformatted to fit on letter-sized sheets. It is easy to print out and read. The images were removed to keep the page count as low as possible. It is 90 pages long.

Accessible PDF (1.4 mb)

The accessible version is similar to the classroom one, but is easier to read. It utilizes a larger (16 pt), bold, font and is left-justified per many accessibility standards. It is 188 pages long.


Take a digital version of the newspaper anywhere with you on your portable devices. Formatted as a standard epub document, it should work on many devices used for reading eBooks.

Point your device or app (iPhone and iPod Touch users will want to get the free app Stanza) here to download the file:

Audio Book

Independent Curator, Joseph del Pesco, initiated an audio book version of Art Work on the SFMOMA blog, Open Space. Below are links to the mp3s of individual essays:

Record your own: Using the microphone built into your computer, record one of the texts in a single sitting. If you don’t have audio software (such as Garage Band) you can download Audacity. It’s free and easy-to-use. While recording your reading, if you make a mistake, pause, and start again from the beginning of the sentence (this makes it easier to edit). Then upload the file (without editing) to Yousendit or some other web-based file sharing tool and email the link to:

16 Comments on “Download”

  1. 1 Anonymous said at 5:31 am on December 16th, 2009:

    [...] In her essay, “Art Versus Work”, Bryan-Wilson analyzes the shift from making art to art work – art as labor – and all the benefits and contradictions of this conceptualization of being someone who produces art. Bryan-Wilson generously allowed us to reprint this essay in its entirety in the recent newspaper we published Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, And Economics. A full version of the essay is available here: Art Versus Work, By Julia Bryan-Wilson. Or you can download the entire paper: Art Work Downloads. [...]

  2. 2 SFMOMA | OPEN SPACE » Blog Archive » Art Work said at 5:08 pm on January 15th, 2010:

    [...] In support of Temporary Services’ recent newspaper project Art Work: A national conversation about art, labor and economics,  I’ve created the beginnings of an “audio book” version, starting with one of my favorite texts in the publication. I then asked artist Sam Gould to record one of his choosing. You can download them both here. I’ll extend the invitation to anyone who might like to audio record a text from the newspaper, to be added to this post. You can download the newspaper in full here. [...]

  3. 3 Welcome to the Community | Chicago Art Criticism said at 12:09 pm on February 25th, 2010:

    [...] All quotes are from the publication, Art Work, by Temporary Services. The download link can be found here – [...]

  4. 4 Newspapers are Dead. Long Live Newspapers! « PRINTERESTING said at 9:24 am on May 4th, 2010:

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  5. 5 People power and The Object Lag | Negotiating Equity | Negotiating Equity | Platform for contemporary art and new media said at 1:39 am on May 10th, 2010:

    [...] from Half Letter Press and discuss their conception, making and distribution. We first discussed Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics, a newspaper exhibition, and website organized by Temporary Services. The paper culls together [...]

  6. 6 Repuesto / Presentación de Art/Work @ la huelga said at 5:54 pm on June 3rd, 2010:

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  7. 7 Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labour and Economics « New Zealand Design & Art blog | NZ Design & Art Events | blog said at 7:25 pm on July 18th, 2010:

    [...] is cool, we could try and describe it but better you just head on over and download your free copy and get reading. They also have audio options if you’re having a tough reading [...]

  8. 8 Art Work: Ayr « CHRIS FREMANTLE said at 7:57 am on September 16th, 2010:

    [...] Art Work, the publication; [...]

  9. 9 How to Menu « FEAST Brooklyn said at 2:44 pm on October 18th, 2010:

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  10. 10 GACHI said at 7:20 am on November 19th, 2010:

    Hi! I`m from Argentina, I would like to recieve your information. In my country artists live in a very poor economy situation. Thank you, Gachi Rosati

  11. 11 Some Other Art Projects Relating to Money or Economic Issues - Art as Money – BLOG said at 11:55 pm on November 29th, 2010:

    [...] One recent, interesting project is ART WORK.  The Chicago-based collective, Temporary Services organized and published a one-off newspaper on the subject of art, labor, and economics, and recruited others nationwide to help distribute the newspaper, and also encouraged them to organize their own exhibitions or other events relating to the newspaper.  Below is an edited excerpt from the newspaper; and there’s lots more great material on the ART WORK website; among other things, you can download a complete copy of the ART WORK newspaper. [...]

  12. 12 CAKE EVERYONE NEWSLETTER 26/02/2011 | CAKE EVERYONE said at 2:30 pm on February 26th, 2011:

    [...] ARTWORK: A NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT ART; ECONOMICS AND LABOUR EVENTS: Hosting TEMPORARY SERVICES awesome publication we plan to engage and seduce YOU with discussions, fun events, debates, problems and solutions, video-screenings, FEASTS OF FOOD, and just a chance to get stuff off your chest. You can read the publication here (pdf)! [...]

  13. 13 CAKEeveryone’s 1st Newsletter: SlamJam; Art-Crit; ZineDay & FEASTinSHEFFIELD | You ain’t got no Picasso, yo?! said at 4:08 pm on February 26th, 2011:

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  14. 14 Open Enrollment | Work after work after work… | Art21 Blog said at 10:54 am on April 13th, 2011:

    [...] about Art, Labor and Economics. Published through their press, Half Letter Press and available for free download, the publication was released in every state including Puerto Rico. With contributions from art [...]

  15. 15 Art Work: National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics (2009) at Monoskop/log said at 4:05 am on October 21st, 2011:

    [...] Download (more versions) Direct download (lo-res) Download (alternative, hi-res) View online (Scribd) Comment (0) [...]

  16. 16 Catalogue for “Canceled: Alternative Manifestations & Productive Failures” available through Half Letter Press | Lauren van Haaften-Schick. said at 9:37 am on October 18th, 2012:

    [...] read it cover to cover already, spend some time with their print and online publication “Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics.,” from 2009. An enduring classic for good [...]

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