Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Here’s an opportunity to have a terrific collection of contemporary art by some of the world’s greatest artists all for the cost of materials. Thanks to the New Zealand art/life blog one moment caller, we were pointed to DO IT at e-flux. DO IT is an exhibition conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist that began in 1993. Obrists’s concept was an “exhibition of do-it-yourself descriptions or procedural instructions which, until a venue is found, exists in a static condition. Like a musical score, everything is there but the sound.” The site gives access to a large number of art concepts waiting to be completed by whoever wants to create them. Artists who have contributed include Marina Abramovic, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Liam Gillick, Dan Graham, Gilbert & George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Mona Hatoum, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Steven Pippin, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jason Rhoades, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, Andreas Slominski, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rosemarie Trockel and Lawrence Weiner. Mike Kelley’s work asks you to make a recording and send it to him in LA. Gonzalez-Torres gives instructions for his famous candy-in-a-corner-of-the-room work using locally sourced candy. Examples of work that has already been made are also available on the DO IT site. Above our new Paul McCarthy Untitled 1969. The instructions: Place dirt in a box or bucket. Paint entire object silver.
Image: Paul McCarthy Untitled 1969