Jordan Belson, Mandala, 1953

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Visual Music 1947–1986 from the CVM Archive

Avant-garde artistic movements have a funny way of morphing into the mainstream—witness the fridge-magnet ubiquity of Impressionist paintings, or the integral role of appropriated samples…
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Panter with his new book, photo by Jody Culkin.

UNDER THE RADAR: Gary Panter

A New Graphic Novel and Candle-Making

Gary Panter wears many hats—visionary punk cartoonist, Emmy-award winning designer for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, psychedelic lightshow revivalist, cutting-edge graphic designer, experimental musician, candlestick maker. Having dazzled…
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C.M. Coolidge, A Friend in Need, 1903.

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Less Art Accountant

The He-Man Action Movie Appreciation Society meets regularly to interrogate promising high-budget mainstream shoot-’em-ups in the context for which they were designed—big, loud movie theaters….
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film still

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Tony Conrad is one of the unlikeliest figures to be the subject of the kind of late-career historical recontextualization that authenticity-starved hipster youth have made…
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HyperNormalisation

I first became aware of the remarkable documentarian Adam Curtis a few years ago, when I stumbled across The Century of the Self, a four-part…
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Spectress and Sacred Datura/Peaked Experience album art, photo by Heather Rasmussen.

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What's Making What Noise

Installation artist and drone improviser Gabie Strong has been a playa in the surprisingly vigorous Los Angeles experimental music community for some time, with her…
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Felsen at her Rosamund Felsen Gallery, 669 N. La Cienega Blvd., LA, early ’80s.

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Farewell Rosamund Felsen

Fifty years ago—in May 1966—the Velvet Underground played their legendary West Coast debut at Hollywood nightclub The Trip as part of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic…
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Christian Cummings’s studio after a fire, Pasadena, 2013, courtesy of the artist

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Mapping the Ruins

The mighty Atlas Press—London-based purveyors of “pataphysical texts,” Dada documents, Viennese Aktionist manifestos, and Oulipo anthologies—has reissued a legendary art book that uses a tabletop…
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Joey Skaggs on the farm in Kentucky, Art of the Prank, Relight Films

Art of the Prank; NOTFILM

The Ol' Film Flam

Ross Lipman, the legendary film restorationist responsible for preserving the cinematic legacies of Bruce Conner, Kenneth Anger, John Cassavetes, and a cluster of forgotten American…
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Surajlal Mukherjee collection, Dum Dum.

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Dusty Raga: Robert Millis

We are in the midst of the information age, with archives and libraries overflowing, and records piling up like plastic in the ocean. How does…
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Broadside from Set #1 of the Free City News, 1967.

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Pictures of Gone Worlds

Archiving cultural ephemera is a tricky business. Anyone who’s followed my writing for even a brief time will have encountered some kind of rant about…
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Example of the use of "punch tape" process in a 1960's advertisement

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Design 102: Independent Studies

Given the conflation of mid-century modernist furniture design and improvised experimental music on invented instruments, I’m probably remembering correctly that it was Steve Roden who…
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Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno with Survivaballs (courtesy Nate Igor Smith)

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The Yes Men’s Camouflaged Artful Politics

So, somehow I wound up teaching a couple of Modern Art History classes, right? I’m not exactly thrilled with the default textbooks, so I’m keeping…
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Crochet Coral Reef

You wouldn’t know it from such thriving, vibrant publications as Artillery (can I get that raise now boss?) but print is a dying medium. Sure,…
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Iterations, Gregg Biermann (US, 2014)

Festival of (In)appropriation #7

UNDER THE RADAR BY DOUG HARVEY

As I may have mentioned before, collage—in spite of lip service to artists from Picasso/Braque to Hannah Hoch to Rauschenberg to Elliott Hundley—remains under-acknowledged as…
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Kerry Thornley
in the late ’60s

UNDER THE RADAR: Joyous Anarchy

Two New Books by Adam Gorightly

In the early ’70s, during the couple of years before punk broke, one of the most exciting subcultural zeitgeists centered around a trio of novels—ostensibly…
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