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Studio Sunday: Isa Genzken


A 1982 photo of Iza Genzken working in her studio

 

Isa Genzken is perhaps one of the most important and well-known female artists of the 20th century. Born in Germany, her practice has included all mediums – from painting, to photography, to public sculptures and books. In North America she is still most well known for her assemblage sculptures, where she uses found objects and raw materials in innovative, alien constructions.

 

In the above photo of her studio, it looks like…

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Studio Sunday: Damien Hirst


A photo of Damien Hirst in his studio in England

 

Our studio Sunday artist today is Damien Hirst. Hirst is currently well known for being the highest-paid living artist. Some of his works are made with such valuable materials as precious metals and preserved animals.

 

Hirst’s main studio is located in Stroud, Gloucester, in the rural English countryside. The entire studio building takes up 9000 square feet! Most of the action happens in a large or warehouse-like space, pictured…

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Studio Sunday: Gerhard Richter


A still image from the movie Gerhard Richter Painting, of the artist in his studio

 

Today, let’s look inside the studio of abstract painter Gerhard Richter. Richter has become one of the most important artists in abstraction, and is still actively producing work at the age of 83.

 

Richter’s studio is large and spacious, with enough wall space to display several of his large canvases, or works in progress. The nature of his current practice requires that the paintings be hung vertically while Richter works on…

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Studio Sunday: Rachel Whiteread


A photo of drawings in Rachel Whiteread's studio taken in 2010

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Rachel Whiteread. Whiteread is perhaps most famous for her sculptures which involve casting everyday objects in concrete, resin, and other materials. In 1993 she produced House, a concrete cast of an entire home in London, which won the Turner prize that year. Also important to Whiteread’s practice, however, is drawing.

 

As the artist says, the drawings help her artistic process, as a way of…

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Studio Sunday: Cornelia Parker


A photo of Cornelia Parker in her studio in London

 

Today let’s visit Cornelia Parker in her studio in east London. Parker is well known for her large installation pieces, including several installations where she took pieces of buildings that had been destroyed, hanging the pieces in a state of suspended destruction. Two of the installations featured the fragments of former churches that had succumbed to fires in one manner or another, with installations made up of suspended cubes…

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Studio Sunday: Claude Monet


A photograph of Claude Monet at work in his home studio in France

 

Let’s look at the beautiful France studio of Claude Monet. The father of impressionism as we know it today, Monet took much of his inspiration from the landscape around his home, and took great pleasure in tending his large, wild garden. Monet spent his formative artistic years in Paris, close to the Louvre and to many other artists who would become famous alongside Monet.

 

Monet’s studio is large and somewhat sparse looking. I…

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Studio Sunday: Egon Schiele


A black and white photograph of Egon Scheile seated in his studio

 

 

It’s Studio Sunday again! Today we’re taking a look inside the studio space of Egon Schiele. Schiele was an Austrian artist who lived and worked in the 19th century, enjoying a well-followed and highly controversial artistic career before his death in 1890.  

 

Schiele’s works were highly illustrative, and mostly done on paper. He would have done a lot of his work sitting at a desk – probably the one pictured in the…

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Studio Sunday: Tracey Emin


A photograph of Tracey Emin looking thoughtful in her studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist is Tracey Emin. Tracey is part of a loosely collected group of artists known as the Young British Artists, a term applied to those who graduated from England’s Goldsmith College in the late 1980’s and have enjoyed surging popularity in the art world ever since.

 

Tracey’s works are in many different mediums, from drawing and painting to needlework and textile art, to large installations and video…

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Studio Sunday: Anni Albers

 


Anni Albers weaving on a loom in her studio in Black Mountain College

 

Today’s studio Sunday will focus on Anni Albers. One of the most important and well-known textile artists of the 20th century, Albers is known for her loom-woven works, and is seen here weaving in her studio at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Albers’ husband Josef, another noted artist and educator, was a teacher at the college.

 

I imagine a textile studio to be slightly different from, say, a painting or sculpture…

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Studio Sunday: Theaster Gates


A photo of Theaster Gates with employees and assistants in his pottery studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is Theaster Gates. Gates was trained in pottery, and though he now works in a wide variety of media creating a number of different types of artworks, he still uses ceramics and pottery frequently in his work. The studio pictured above is Gate’s pottery workspace, located in what used to be a beer warehouse in Chicago.

 

Gates is highly interested in the restoration and transformation of spaces,…

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Studio Sunday: Susan Rothenberg


An interview photo of Susan Rothenburg seated in her art studio

 

The studio that we’re looking at today is that of New Mexico painter Susan Rothernberg. Rothernberg’s work has been compared to the likes of Georgia O’Keefe – this is especially apparent in the paintings that exhibit her desert surroundings, as she lives and works in the same area that O’Keefe frequented and enjoyed.

 

This comparison, however, hardly does justice to Rothernberg’s paintings, which are more like very…

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Studio Sunday: Bruce Nauman


Bruce Nauman standing in his very messy studio space

 

Happy Sunday! Today, let’s take a peek inside the studio of Bruce Nauman. Nauman’s artworks span a range of mediums and styles such as sculpture, photography, drawing and performance, and he has had a long career with plenty of time to explore all of these thoroughly.

 

In the 60’s, after he finished his education, Nauman was faced with the question that burdens every recent art school graduate: that is, what to do with…

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Studio Sunday: Lee Bontecou


A blback and white photo of Eva Hesse in her studio looking at an in-progress work

 

Today, let’s look inside the studio of American artist and sculptor Lee Bontecou. Hesse had an unfortunately short but very interesting career as one of the most celebrated sculptors of the post-minimalist movement of the 1960’s. The style of sculpture that she often worked with is sometimes called “anti-form,” and it’s easy to see how this name would apply to Hesse’s works, which celebrate their materials, as she…

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Studio Sunday: Rita Ackermann


A photograph of Rita Ackerman working in her Brooklyn studio

 

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1968, Rita Ackermann has had an illustrious career in art, showing in galleries across North America and Europe. She moved to New York at a young age to study and be immersed in the American art scene, and she continues to live and work there to this day.

 

Ackermann’s works could be classified as paintings, but she certainly does not limit herself to paint as a medium. I find most of her works have a…

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