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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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Studio Sunday: Sara Cwynar


The artist Sara Cwynar posing in her art studio

 

Studio Sunday artist Sara Cwynar was born in Vancouver, BC, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. In her practice, the artist works in a variety of media including photography, collage, and bookmaking. The artist studied photography at Yale University.

 

Cwynar’s studio in the above photograph looks lived-in, with a comfortable level of clutter. Knowing Cwyanr’s proclivity for working in a variety of media, it’s interesting…

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Studio Sunday: Phillipe Parreno

A photo of Philippe Parreno in his studio

 

Philippe Parreno is a conceptual and multimedia artist currently based in Paris. The artist was originally born in Oran, Algeria. Parreno’s practice often revolves around the creation of narratives and complete exhibitions, rather than objects in an of themselves. As such, the artist’s studio space is frequently used for writing, drawing, and planning -- not exclusively creating artworks.

 

Parreno’s studio looks very busy in…

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Studio Sunday: Arshile Gorky


A photo of Arshile Gorky at work in his studio

 

Arshile Gorky was an Armenian-American painter, born in what is now the town of Dilkaya, Turkey. Gorky is noted for his post-impressionist, and later, abstract expressionist painting style. The artist was based in America for the duration of his career.

 

Gorky looks like the classic image of an artist in this photo. His studio looks relatively small and sparse -- I see just one easel, and a wooden table that seems to hold almost…

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Studio Sunday: Henry Taylor


A photo of Henry Taylor hard at work in his art studio

 

Henry Taylor is a painter currently based in Los Angeles, California. Taylor was born into an artistic family -- his father was a commercial painter -- and worked as a technician in a mental hospital for a decade before retiring and taking up painting full-time.

 

The artist is best known for his portrait works, which are painted in Taylor’s own distinctively vibrant and energetic style, often combining a reverence for…

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Studio Sunday: Anna Maria Maiolino


A photograph of Anna Maria Maiolino in her studio

 

Anna Maria Maiolino was born in Southern Italy and later moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In her artistic practice, Maiolino is known for works in a variety of media, including clay, cement, printmaking, film and performance.

 

In her early career, Maiolino was involved in several important Brazilian art movements including the New Brazilian Objectivity Movement in the late 1960s, which sought to re-categorize Brazilian art and…

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Studio Sunday: Bart Hess


A photo of the studio of Bart Hess

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Bart Hess. Hess is a Dutch artist and designer known for dressing Lady Gaga in her “Born This Way” music video. The artist’s works often weave together elements of fashion, fine art, industrial design, and other tactile and material experiments. Recently, Hess has also been creating works with digital elements.

 

Hess’ studio looks sleek and clean, like a model of a modern designer or…

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Studio Sunday: Jules Olitski


A photograph of Jules Olitski's art studio

 

Artist Jules Olitski was born Jevel Demikovski, in Ukraine, in 1922. The artist emigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1923. Growing up in New York, Olitski studied art at various schools and after much experimentation developed the style of thick, heavy abstract paintings that he remains known for today.

 

Olitski’s studio looks rather dark in this photo, though I suspect that may just be a trick of the photographic flash. Still, the…

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