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Studio Sunday: Maya Lin


A photo of Maya Lin at work in her home studio

 

Today’s Studio artist is Maya Lin. Lin is an American sculptor and architect known for her work with historic memorials, monuments, and land art. The artist often takes inspiration from natural forms and geological features, creating works that intervene with the landscape to emphasize certain ideas, rather than standing apart from it.

 

Lin’s studio space is cleaner and more library-like than traditional painting and sculpture…

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Studio Sunday: Willem de Kooning


A photo of Willem de Kooning in his art studio

 

Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1904, Willem de Kooning moved to New York in 1927, where he later became known as one of the most important artists in American abstract expressionism. De Kooning was known for a style sometimes known as “action painting,” which featured heavy, gestural brush marks and a wild, splashy abstract aesthetic.  

 

De Kooing’s studio space in this photo reminds me of Alexander Calder’s – it’s…

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Studio Sunday: Johnathan Meese


A photo of Johnathan Meese at work in his studio

 

Today’s Studio artist, Johnathan Meese, is a painter, sculptor, and performance artist based in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany. The artist was born in Tokyo. Though Meese’s works are varied in style and media, and the artist is quite well-known for his performances, this photo of his studio definitely showcases the painting side of his body of work.

 

Meese’s paintings alone transform the warehouse space into a colorful…

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Studio Sunday: Georgia O'Keeffe


A photo of Georgia O'Keeffe working in her studio

 

Painter Georgia O’Keeffe, sometimes called the “mother of American modernism,” was known for her large paintings that depicted close-up views of flowers. O’Keeffe studied art from an early age, but began her formal career after moving to New York in 1918.

 

O’Keeffe’s studio looks wonderfully airy in this photo, and the desert landscape visible just outside the curtains seems rather peaceful. This photograph was taken…

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Studio Sunday: Thomas Wilfred


A photo of Thomas Wilfred next to his light invention

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist, Thomas Wilfred, is actually better known as a Danish inventor and musician. Wilfred lived in the early 1900s, during which time he created the inventions that would later make him known as the “father of multimedia.”

 

The son of a photography studio owner, Wilfred was interested in light throughout his life. The artist noted that light was a fundamental aspect of art, and that all artists…

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Studio Sunday: Njideka Akunyili Crosby


A photo of Njideka Akunyili Crosby in her studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Born in Nigeria, Crosby now lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where she creates works that explore a created dichotomy between these two homes, referencing art historical movements from Africa as well as America.

 

Crosby usually creates her works on paper, with a combination of traditional media like painting, printmaking, and collage. Photo transfers are also a…

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Studio Sunday: Patricia Cronin


A photo of Patricia Cronin at work in her studio

 

Patricia Cronin is our Studio Sunday artist this week! Cronin is known for her two and three-dimensional works in a range of media, many of which explore issues of gender and marriage equality.

 

While Cronin is known for works in sculpture and installation, in the above photo she’s hard at work in another one of her favourite media – paint. It looks as though the artist is working with delicate washes of paint here, building up…

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Studio Sunday: Gene Davis


A photo of studio assistants helping to paint a 1981 Gene Davis work

 

Studio Sunday artist Gene Davis was an American abstract painter associated with the Color Field style, in which artists created abstract canvases that focused on large areas of monochromatic color. Davis himself was known for large, room-spanning paintings incorporating fields of flat color layered under narrow vertical stripes.

 

Because Davis so frequently worked on such a large scale, many of his works were produced directly on…

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Studio Sunday: Joan Miro


A photo of Joan Miro surrounded by paintings in his studio in Mallorca

 

This week’s Studio Sunday artist Joan Miro. Miro was a Spanish artist known mainly for painting and sculpture, and as one of the pioneering artists of surrealist abstraction in the early to mid-twentieth century. Born in Barcelona in 1893, Miro spent the majority of his career living and working in Spain and, occasionally, Paris.

 

The above photo shows Miro reclining in his studio in Mallorca, Spain, in 1977. This studio was…

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Studio Sunday: Peter Voulkos

A photo of Peter Voulkos in his art studio

 

In this week’s Studio Sunday we’ll look at the studio of Peter Voulkos. Voulkos, born Panagiotis Voulkos to Greek parents in Bozeman, Montana, became a renowned ceramicist during the American Abstract Expressionist period. He was known in particular for large-scale clay sculptures that featured a rough, heavy aesthetic with ample evidence of the artist’s hand.

 

For a period of time, Voulkos shared his studio with fellow…

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Studio Sunday: Jenny Morgan


A photograph of Jenny Morgan's art studio

 

Studio Sunday artist Jenny Morgan is a painter based in New York. Known for her contemporary-styled female nudes and self-portraits, Morgan produces independent exhibition works as well as commissioned works for various publications.

 

Working primarily with the human figure means that Morgan frequently utilizes photographic references. I can imagine the artist sitting at the desk space pictured above and adding detail to the…

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Studio Sunday: Oskar Fischinger


A photo of Oskar Fischinger at  work in Walt Disney studios

 

Oskar Fischinger, our Studio Sunday artist for the week, was an abstract painter and animator who produced much of his work during the heyday of hand-drawn animation. Fischinger was best known for his abstract animations set to music, and his work with Disney and other film productions.

 

The photograph above shows Fischinger at work in the Walt Disney studio in 1939. It’s unclear exactly what Fischinger is working on, but the…

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Studio Sunday: John Currin


A photograph of John Currin in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this week is John Currin. Currently based in New York, Currin is known for figurative painting that draws from influences including contemporary fashion and magazines as well as renaissance-era romantic painting styles.

 

Located in a building in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, Currin’s studio here looks amazingly clean, and has a sort of old-fashioned elegance to it. The dark-colored hardwood floors…

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Studio Sunday: Anicka Yi


A photo of conceptual artist Anicka Yi in her studio

 

This Sunday we’re taking a look at the studio of Anicka Yi. Yi is originally from South Korea and now lives and works in New York. As a conceptual artist, Yi tends to work with unconventional materials, though she is perhaps best known for her work with fragrances, an exceedingly ethereal, yet pervasive mode of conveying information to the art viewer.

 

Given Yi’s penchant for unconventional methods and materials, it’s no…

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Studio Sunday: Don Voisine


A panoramic photo of Don Voisine in his studio by Paul D'Agostino

 

Don Voisine is an American contemporary painter who currently lives and works in Williamsburg, New York. The artist specializes in geometric oil paintings where heavy, monochromatic black polygons are broken up by moments, like pixels and frames, of white or bright colored paint.

 

This panoramic image of Voisine’s studio is quite interesting – it shows us far more of the studio space than we might normally get to see, really…

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