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The Do It book contains artworks by more than 100 international artists in the form of do-it-yourself text instructions to be completed by the reader. Based on the traveling exhibition and e-flux online project curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the book also includes a selection of essays and interviews, and offers comprehensive material on the groundbreaking show. Do It began in 1993 with a discussion among friends Christian Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier, and Hans Ulrich Obrist. All three had been interested in various forms of instructional procedures since the early 1970s, and that evening they spoke of the instructions contained within their own work. From this discussion arose the idea of an exhibition of do-it-yourself descriptions and procedural instructions. Since 1993, the exhibition has taken place in venues in more than 40 cities worldwide, including Palo Alto, Pittsburg, Calgary, Atlanta, Toronto, Andover, Glasgow, Reykjavik, Helsinki, Bangkok, Copenhagen, Edmonton, Paris, Mexico City, and Costa Rica. Meaning has been multiplied as various interpretations of the text accumulated while the exhibition traveled from venue to venue. The online component, which invites participants to upload images of the results of their chosen project, is less concerned with copies, images, or reproductions of artworks than with human interpretation.

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Pages   370
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Release Date   Jan 15, 2005
Publisher   e-flux/Revolver
ISBN  3865880010  
ISBN13  9783865880017  

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > Art & Music > Studio Art > Design
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Museums & Collections > General
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Other Media > Conceptual
5Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > ( A-C ) > Boltanski, Christian
6Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Commercial > General
7Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Design > General
8Books > Subjects > Teens > Authors, A-Z > ( K ) > Knowles, John

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an unusual, clever, and fun angle on contemporary art  Nov 22, 1998
The editor/curators of this book got 50 contemporary artists to each write down instructions for a do-it-yourself art project, for the reader to try. Each is a small revelation of the artist, and a thought-provoker in itself. It's intelligent and fun -- a very clever expression and extension of contemporary art. It's just the thing for anyone who wishes they were artistic: you read an entry, and have the curious sensation that, not only is the project something you could do, but it would be an actual participation in the contemporary art world, pre-endorsed by prominent artists and curators.

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