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Inside the Art Studio of Hans Hofmann

A photo of Hans Hoffman working in his studio

 

Hans Hofmann was born in Germany in the late 1800s, and became involved in the European avant-garde art scene before coming to the United States in the early 1930s. The artist was based in New York during the latter half of his career, and enjoyed notoriety as part of the inception of the American Abstract Expressionism movement.

 

The artist himself looks quite energetic in this photograph, even in a relatively small studio space.…

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Studio Sunday: Annie Morris


A photo of Annie Morris at work in her artist studio

 

Our studio artist feature this week is Annie Morris. Morris is known in the UK and abroad for her “stack sculptures” -- tall, totem-pole esque abstract works like the ones pictured in the above image. The artist’s studio is located in East London.

 

Morris’ studio space looks incredibly bright and bubbly in this photograph. Quite literally, the studio space is packed with large, bubble-esque sculptures that remind me of…

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Studio Sunday: Idris Kahn

A photo of Idris Kahn working in his studio in 2017

 

Today’ studio feature is London-based artist Idris Kahn. Kahn is known for abstracted artworks that exist between media, blending techniques of photography, sculpture, and painting to form art objects that are both technical fascinating and emotionally captivating.

 

The artist often works with elements of found imagery and text, scanning, photographing, and otherwise manipulating well-known paintings, sheet music, and texts and…

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Studio Sunday: Ann Wood

A photo of the artist Ann Wood in her home studio

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Brooklyn-based textile artist Ann Wood. The artist is currently based in a home studio space, where she produces works that are as much fine art as they are craft. The artist’s practice encompasses small patchwork textile pieces -- dolls, sewn and stuffed animals, and botanical specimens -- and Wood also teachers others the techniques for producing similar works.

 

Wood’s studio is based in…

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Art Studio: John Phillip Osborne

The artist John Phillip Osborne at work in his studio

 

This week’s studio Sunday artist is John Phillip Osborne. Osborne was born in New Jersey in the 1950s and has produced a far-reaching body of classical oil paintings throughout his long artistic career. The artist is best known for sweeping landscapes and paintings that capture historical subject matter.

 

John Phillip Osborne’s studio space looks ornate and pleasantly cluttered, like an antique library or study. The numerous…

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Studio Sunday: Nicolas de Stael

A photo of Nicolas de Stael in his art studio

 

Nicolas De Stael was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1914, to a high-ranking military family. The artist’s family was forced to flee Russia in 1919, and as an adult De Stael later relocated to Nice, France, where he began to produce art alongside numerous contemporaries. The artist is best known for his heavy application of paint and highly abstracted landscapes, though he worked in a variety of media.

 

De Stael’s studio…

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Studio Sunday: Jane Freilicher

 

A photo of Jane Freilicher at work in her studio

 

Jane Freilicher was born in Brooklyn in 1924 and spent most of her life in New York. The artist was active during the height of the American abstract expressionist period in the 1950s and 60s, though she was best known for her figurative works depicting city and farm landscapes.

 

I love the huge windows in Freilicher’s studio space. It looks like the artist is working on a fairly high floor of the building, as the windows…

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Studio Sunday: Georges Braque

A photo of Georges Braque in his art studio

 

Georges Braque was a French painter, sculptor, and artist in various other media who was active in the first half of the 20th century. Braque is often credited with being a part of the Fauvist movement, and is noted for his later paintings that helped popularize the cubist art style.

 

I like the look of Braque’s studio here. The first thing my eye is drawn to is the set of paintbrushes lined up on the floor in front of the…

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Studio Sunday: Heather Dewey-Hagborg

A photo of Heather Dewey-Hagborg at work in her studio

 

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a New York-based artist who works with human DNA. The artist extracts genetic material from discarded cigarette butts and chewing gum on the streets of the city and uses the resulting data to approximate the faces of the gum-chewers and smokers.

 

Dewey-Hagborg has a background in science, and the nature of her practice means that much of her work is done in a lab. The actual extraction and sequencing of the…

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Studio Sunday: Bill Traylor

A photo of Bill Traylor surrounded by paintings in an outdoor space

 

William “Bill” Traylor was an American artist who was born into slavery in Alabama in the mid 19th century. Traylor spent most of his life working on plantations, and didn’t begin producing art until he was in his 80s. He was an incredibly prolific artist, producing well over 1,000 drawings and paintings during his short artistic career.

 

Given the time period in which Traylor was working, it’s unsurprising that the artist…

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Studio Sunday: Claudia Comte

A photo of Claudia Comte at work on a large wood sculpture

 

Berlin-based artist Claudia Comte is known for large-scale works made from wood, sometimes in its natural form and other times manipulated through detailed sculpture or painting. Given the massive scale of many of her works, the artist often works in open spaces, or creates work directly in a gallery space.

 

The artist has said in interviews that she often works outdoors -- in the forest -- because her equipment and process tends…

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Studio Sunday: Kenturah Davis

A photo of Kenturah Davis at work in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Kenturah Davis. The artist current lives and works between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana. Davis’ works, often made in striking black and white gradients, toe the line between traditional portraiture and graphic design.

 

It’s always interesting to see an artist’s studio that’s equipped for such a wide variety of different techniques and methods of production. Davis’ studio…

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Studio Sunday: Forest Bess

A photo of Forest Bess at work in an outdoor studio of a kind

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist is Forrest Bess. Bess was an American painter originally from Texas. In his art practice, Bess was best known for eccentric, abstract paintings that expressed a complex philosophy of the artist’s own construction.

 

Bess’ studio pictured here isn’t exactly a traditional painting studio, but it is the space where Bess created many of his artworks. The artist was a noted recluse and spent much…

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Studio Sunday: Jordan Casteel


A photo of Jordan Casteel in her art studio

 

Jordan Casteel is a New York-based painter who was born in Denver, Colorado. In her practice, Casteel focuses on portraits of people close to her, and the people in her community. Her subjects are usually young black men, and the artist’s paintings serve as a way of opening conversations around issues of racism, social responsibility, and justice.

 

Casteel’s studio looks bright and just the right size. It looks like the space…

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Studio Sunday: Walter Robinson

A photo of Walter Robinson at work in his studio

 

Walter Robinson is an artist currently based in Long Island City, New York. Though he gained significant recognition as a painter in the 1980s, Robinson left painting for a time to focus on art writing and critique, founding the print incarnation of the well-known art magazine Artnet. The artist retired from writing in the early 2000s, and returned to painting.

 

Robinson’s studio here has a kind of warehouse-like feel about it.…

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