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Studio Sunday: Nara Yoshitomo


A photograph of the studio of Nara Yoshimoto

 

Yoshitomo Nara lives and works in Tokyo, Japan, though his work has been exhibited and collected internationally. Nara is known for his simple drawings of childlike figures, influenced by vintage Japanese animation and comic books, as well as the American influence on the country during the artist’s childhood in the 1960s.

 

Nara’s studio pictured above has the look of an artistic child’s bedroom. With works spread across the…

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Studio Sunday: Dan Flavin


A photo of Dan Flavin in his studio

 

Dan Flavin was an American artist, famous for his work with commercial fluorescent lighting. While he began creating these works as wall-based installation, in the late 1970s he began moving away from this mode of operating, instead building larger, corridor-like structures and replacing much of his studio work with site-specific installation.

 

The above photo, taken shortly before this move to public art and site-specificity,…

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Studio Sunday: Donald Judd


A photo of Donald Judd working on woodcuts in his studio

 

Donald Judd was born in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, before eventually relocating to New York where he developed his art practice alongside the American abstract expressionist movement. While Judd spent his lifetime stringently denying his classification as a minimalist artist, much of his work follows the formal tenets of minimalism.

 

In the above photo, Judd can be seen hard at work in his studio, experimenting with woodcut…

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Studio Sunday: Tony Feher


A photo of the interior of Tony Feher's studio

 

Tony Feher was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and lived throughout the United States before acquiring his B.F.A. in Texas, then finally settling in New York. Feher was well known for his assemblage works that mashed together found objects and lowbrow materials to create delicate, lightly humorous installations.

 

The artist’s love for working with glass and plastic vessels is clear in these photos of his studio. In the above…

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Studio Sunday: Mie Yim


A photograph of Mie Yim in her New York studio

 

Korean-born, New York-based artist Mie Yim’s painting practice focuses on abstract yet voluminous forms. Her recent work features elongated, tubular structures that snake across the surface of the canvas, intersecting with themselves and other forms to create a whole image.

 

In the above photo, Yim’s studio looks like an industrious, business-like operation. The artist is posed quite imposingly with her works, giving one the…

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Studio Sunday: Helen Frankenthaler



A photo of Helen Frankenthaler in her art studio

 

Helen Frankenthaler is one of the best-known female artists of the American abstract expressionism era. Frankenthaler’s practice revolved around pouring oils and pigments directly onto a canvas, creating dilute washes that flowed over the surface to create a painting that expressed the natural movements of the media without the artist’s intervention.

 

Given that Frankenthaler usually created her paintings by pouring the…

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Studio Sunday: Frank Stella


A photo of Frank Stella in his New York studio

 

Frank Stella is a well-known American painter most commonly associated with the abstract expressionism and minimalist movements. While his earliest and most well-known works were mainly two dimensional, in recent decades the artist has branched out into large-scale sculptural works that echo geometric and architectural forms. Stella’s massive studio is located in a warehouse in upstate New York. 

 

While the artist’s works…

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Studio Sunday: Robert Mangold


A photo of minimalist artist Robert Mangold at work in his studio

 

Robert Mangold is an American minimalist artist whose works focus on deceptively simple shapes and planes of monochromatic color. Mangold and his wife, painter and pastel artist Sylvia Plimack, live in Washingtonville, New York.

 

Mangold’s studio, pictured above, looks like a fun place to work. The artist has a fairly basic set-up here, with a large amount of open space on the floor. Perhaps Mangold sometimes prefers to work on…

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Studio Sunday: Francesca Woodman


A photograph of Francesca Woodman's studio in 1976

 

American photographer Francesca Woodman was well-known for her black and white photographs often featuring herself as a model. Woodman was born into an artist family and began producing photographs and art books at a young age. She achieved widespread popularity after her suicide at the age of 22 in 1981.

 

Woodman’ studio, pictured here in black and white, has the sense of messy creativity that one might associate with youth. The…

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Studio Sunday: Peter Zimmerman


A photograph of Peter Zimmerman's studio in Germany

 

German artist Peter Zimmerman is best known for his paintings that use liquid epoxy resin as a medium. Pigmented and poured by the bucket onto canvases, the resin has the appearance of liquid sugar and Zimmerman’s finished works look like translucent candy or colored glass.

 

Zimmerman’s most recent exhibition as of this writing saw the artist flooding several rooms of the Museum für neue Kunst in Freiburg, Germany with his…

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Studio Sunday: Urs Fischer


A photo of Urs Fischer's studio in New York

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Urs Fischer. Fischer works in a variety of media, including drawing, painting and sculpture. Given the variety in his practice, it’s no surprise that the artist’s studio, pictured here in Red Hook, New York, looks like such a busy, industrial workspace.

 

There’s really a lot going on in the studio space – shelves hold numerous pieces of equipment and huge quantities of supplies, while…

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Studio Sunday: Lui Shtini


A photo of Lui Shtini in his art studio

 

Studio Sunday artist Lui Shtini was born in Albania and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. While the artist is fairly new to the scene, he has already garnered praise for his works that combine a heavy, textural sensibility with references to traditional Western art styles.  

 

Some of Shtini’s works are visible behind him in this photograph. This studio itself looks very well lit – there’s a big window on the…

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Studio Sunday: Lisa Yuskavage


A photo of painter Lisa Yuskavage in her studio

 

Lisa Yuskavage is this week’s Studio Sunday artist! Yuskavage is a figurative painter known for her use of techniques that emulate classical and romantic styles of painting, with mainly female figures that are cartoonish, physically exaggerated and overtly sexualized.

 

In this photo, the artist’s studio seems expansive, though with all the accoutrements of a painting studio. I like how gallery-like the opposite wall appears –…

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Studio Sunday: Carrie Mae Weems


A video still of Carrie Mae Weems in her studio

 

Today’s studio Sunday feature is Carrie Mae Weems. Weems is known for her multimedia work that explores sociopolitical themes of race, class and gender. The artist believes in creating powerful narrative pieces that provoke thought and discussion among viewers.

 

In the above photograph, Weems’ studio looks both inviting and studious. While photography is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind in discussions of her practice,…

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Studio Sunday: Lygia Clark


A photo of Lygia Clark working in her studio in the 1950's

 

Our studio Sunday feature this week is Brazilian artist Lygia Clark. This artist was known for paintings and installation art. She also helped pioneer the contemporary notion of interactive art, creating works that viewers were invited to play with and manipulate within a gallery space.

 

Clark’s Rio de Janeiro studio looks super lush in the above photo. I love the fur rug that she’s sitting on – it lends the studio space an…

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