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Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment

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Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: the Art of the Art Assignment is a unique and wide-ranging anthology featuring essays, drawings, and assignments from over 100 contributors including: John Baldessari, William Pope.L, Mira Schor, Rochelle Feinstein, B... Full description
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 13th 2013 by n+1 Foundation (first published January 1st 2012)
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Arielle Walker
Mar 29, 2016 Arielle Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, non-fiction
A fun read with moments of utter brilliance.
Sep 14, 2014 Romie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no way to say this and not sound obnoxous: I am among other things a conceptual artist and one of my preferred mediums is the art assignment. I would say "fake" art assignment, since I don't teach art, but they're not fake; sometimes people do them, sometimes with the blessing of cultural institutions. However, nobody's required to and the point isn't whether they get done. They are to teaching what Diana Vreeland's "Why Don't You" column is to fashion advice.

In that spirit, I like this
Jul 03, 2012 Bart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pleasant enough little book that often serves as nothing so much as a reminder of how little art schools have to offer, despite themselves.

Whether rebelling against universities run like corporations, rehashing sex debates from the 1960s, or refusing to answer the book's simple request - provide the best art lesson you've been offered, or offered yourself - the hundred or so teachers featured in Draw It with Your Eyes Closed meet so many stereotypes adults associate with college studen
Mar 28, 2013 TinHouseBooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Editorial Assistant, Tin House Magazine): The book I’ve looked for excuses to talk about all year (2012) is Draw it With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment edited by Dwight Garner. The book compiles personal accounts of memorable art school tasks, particularly stories of battle raged with intrinsically impossible assignments and the attendant humiliation/pain/suffering/revelation they caused. (My favorite features performance art with a grilled cheese sandwich a ...more
Tomas Ramanauskas
Feb 19, 2016 Tomas Ramanauskas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Great personal stories, secrets, magic spells on creative kickstarters. Much more than a book about art assignments.
AraLucia Ashburne
A wide variety of artists offer their favorite MFA art assignments; clever, intriguing, inspiring and sometimes humorous. This book offers creative and innovative opportunities with both depth and breadth: some doable, some impossible (just to see where they will take you). It was an absolute delight as a read and as an experience and one I will go back to over and over for many years to come. If I could only take a single book to a desert island this would be it.
As an art educator (not studio professor), I enjoyed several bits of this book. It reaches, often, towards the unnameable, difficult-to-recreate aesthetic experiences that motivate us to make art in the first place. Much of it feels like it's meant to be photocopied and hung in art departments - in a good way. I would recommend it either before or after watching Art School Confidential.
Nov 17, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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worth a look, for artists or most other humans. Excellent for looking at art, better for problem solving. I would say to skip any that are overly-- precious or self-important.
And get to work.
There are deadlines.
Aug 11, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it
Fascinating. I no longer regret not going to art school, and the variety of voices was great. It was very thought-provoking.
Sep 15, 2013 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design
A serious manual on why you should avoid art school.
Elisa Rudolph
May 09, 2015 Elisa Rudolph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I really enjoyed this book. So much variety in response, and even outside of art assignments, my favorites including radical critique methods, the intimate questionnaire of Paul Thek, and the important refusal of assignments in entirety. Definitely recommend to both students and teachers, **especially** art students in their first year.
Adam Peterson
Nov 23, 2015 Adam Peterson rated it liked it
I'd say skip it all together if you're seeking enlightenment or improvement from this book. Much of what this book offers is insight towards bewildering curricula and a few thought experiments regarding art's value, a question answered much better by many others. There are a few gems here and there, and because of them the book is rewarding, but ask and I'll save you the time digging for them.

The book reminds me of another book, This Explains Everything and its pages of beautiful explanations. D
May 30, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
About 90 artists/teachers reflect on and/or share about the most successful or unsuccessful art assignments given or received. There were some humorous anecdotal stories sprinkled throughout some straightforward assignment explanations. Also, general art theory talk about teaching and learning art. I will use some of the assignments for my own inspiration, and while most of the assignments are either inappropriate or too advanced for a younger audience there were still some gems that I can adapt ...more
Ryan Hill
The look of the book has the look of a 70's newsprint manual on conceptualism. But the exercises are a look into a variety of practices and sensibilities. Historically interesting, but not completely useful for my classroom teaching.
Nicole Geary
Sep 10, 2012 Nicole Geary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-school
Thoroughly enjoyed it - I read this book in no particular order, mostly by picking it up and going to random selections and then reading until I was satiated.
Nov 02, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, education
Great art tips and assignments from various art instructors for every age.
Jun 16, 2012 Ally rated it liked it
This was fun :D
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