Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held at De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands, September 10 - October 9, 2011. Traveled to Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice, October 14 - November 4, 2011 ; Khoj International Artists' Association, New Delhi, November 18 - December 16, 2011 ; Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, January 13 - February 10, 2012 ; Nero HQ, Rome, February 3 - March 2, 2012 ; John M. Flaxman Library Special Collections, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, March 30 - April 28, 2012 ; Salt Beyoglu, Istanbul, Spring 2012 ; The Drawing Center, New York, November 8 - December 16, 2012 ; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, January 12, 2013 - April 14, 2013. Edited by Susan Hapgood and Cornelia Lauf. Essays by Susan Hapgood and Cornelia Lauf, Lorenzo Benedetti, Daniel McClean, and Martha Buskirk.
In Deed: Certificates of Authenticity in Art, is a catalogue of artists’ certificates of authenticity from the past fifty years. It is a serious look at a little-studied phenomenon characterizing the trade, authentication, and aesthetics of contemporary art. The document guaranteeing authorship is hardly a twentieth century phenomenon. But the replacement of the artwork with the certificate, or the radical reduction of a work to the terms or conditions of its own making, is a hallmark of our own time. The composition of the artwork through legal, commercial, or literary language is a signature aspect of recent art. These certifying devices ostensibly take on supposedly neutral visual forms, known now as the "aesthetics of administration." But the very composition of such documents, the "I hereby testify," and "Certificates of Authenticity" forms, their pseudo-bureaucratic characteristic, and, often, graphic pizzazz, denote a singular and appealing form of work on paper. Interesting as graphic design, fascinating as self-portraits, self-branding, and self-advertising, certificates come in all types of guises. Some are executed by hand, others drafted by lawyers, and then there are the certificates that take the shape of form letters, to be filled out by the collector or curator, in the case of re-fabrications.
Artists include Ruben Aubrecht, Judith Barry, Robert Barry, Stefan Brüggemann, Hemali Bhuta, Shreyas Karle, Pierre Bismuth, Marinus Boezem, George Brecht, Daniel Buren, André Cadere, Marcel Duchamp, Maria Eichhorn, Urs Fischer, Dan Flavin, Andrea Fraser, Liam Gillick, The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Hans Haacke, Edward Kienholz, Yves Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Ken Lum, Piero Manzoni, Gordon Matta-Clark, Josiah McElheny, Allan Kaprow Estate, Jonathan Monk, Robert Morris, Antoni Muntadas, Yoko Ono, Cesare Pietroiusti, Adrian Piper, Emilio Prini, Robert Projansky, Seth Siegelaub, Raqs Media Collective, Robert Rauschenberg, Sharmila Samant, Joe Scanlan, David Shrigley, Daniel Spoerri, Haim Steinbach, Superflex, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ben Vautier, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West, Ian Wilson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Carey Young, Andrea Zittel, Heimo Zobernig.