N.E. Thing Co.: Companies Act (Volume 1)


A long-scarce compendium of the art and ideas of the Canadian conceptualist collective N.E. Thing Co., now in a facsimile edition

N.E. Thing Co. was a Vancouver based collaboration run by co-presidents, Ingrid and Iain Baxter. The “company” utilized an abstracted business model to interrogate art, domestic systems, corporate strategy, and everyday life using photography, information technology and installation-based artworks.

Described as a “compendium of company ideas,” Companies Act is perhaps the most important art book by the foundational Canadian conceptual art duo.

Companies Act contains 362 collage-like pages comprised of their most critical works, including hand-written descriptions providing great insight into the process and intent of the N.E. Thing Company.

The original volume was an artwork created for N.E. Thing Co.’s contribution to Kunsthalle Basel’s 1978 “Younger Canadian Artists” exhibition. Kunsthalle curator, Jean-Christophe Ammann,  knew that N.E. Thing Co. would represent Canada; the question was how. With an oeuvre such as theirs, one artwork would not suffice, and he felt that a “telephone book” worth of work would be the best and only way to represent the ideas, projects and works of the N.E. Thing Co.

Due to N.E. Thing Co.’s original small print run in 1978, this work is particularly scarce. This facsimile second edition makes Companies Act accessible for the first time in over 40 years.

With an introduction by Jean-Christophe Ammann and Iain Baxter, and a foreword by Ryan Smith

Published by Brick Press, 2020
Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies

Softcover, 365 pages, 365 b&w images, 10.75 × 8.25 inches

ISBN: 978-0-99-483860-5