The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists

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The image of a tortured genius working in near isolation has long dominated our conceptions of the artist’s studio. Examples abound: think Jackson Pollock dripping resin on a cicada carcass in his shed in the Hamptons. But times have changed; ever since Andy Warhol declared his art space a “factory,” artists have begun to envision themselves as the leaders of production teams, and their sense of what it means to be in the studio has altered just as dramatically as their practices.

The Studio Reader pulls back the curtain from the art world to reveal the real activities behind artistic production. What does it mean to be in the studio? What is the space of the studio in the artist’s practice? How do studios help artists envision their agency and, beyond that, their own lives? This forward-thinking anthology features an all-star array of contributors, ranging from Svetlana Alpers, Bruce Nauman, and Robert Storr to Daniel Buren, Carolee Schneemann, and Buzz Spector, each of whom locates the studio both spatially and conceptually—at the center of an art world that careens across institutions, markets, and disciplines. A companion for anyone engaged with the spectacular sites of art at its making, The Studio Reader reconsiders this crucial space as an actual way of being that illuminates our understanding of both artists and the world they inhabit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226389615
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,158,265
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Jane Jacob is professor of sculpture and executive director of exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the coeditor of Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art and Learning Mind: Experience into Art.Michelle Grabner is professor in and chair of the Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the codirector of The Suburban, a gallery in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Lisa Wainwright

Preface by Mary Jane Jacob

Introduction by Michelle Grabner

The Studio as Resource

Buzz Spector

Rochelle Feinstein

Shana Lutker, “Index: Dream Studio, 2003–2006”

Michael Smith, “Recipe: Perfect Studio Day”

John Baldessari, “In Conversation”

The Studio as Set and Setting

Howard Singerman, “A Possible Contradiction”

Frances Stark

Robert Storr, “A Room of One’s Own, a Mind of One’s Own”

Bruce Nauman, “Setting a Good Corner”

Michael Peppiatt and Alice Bellony-Rewald, “Studios of America”

Annika Marie, “Action Painting Fourfold: Harold Rosenberg and an Arena in Which to Act”


Barry Schwabsky, “The Symbolic Studio”

The Studio as Stage

David J. Getsy, “The Reconstruction of the Francis Bacon Studio in Dublin”

Art & Language, “Art & Language Paints a Picture”

David Reed

Thomas Lawson

Charline von Heyl

Svetlana Alpers, “The View From the Studio”

Rodney Graham, “Studio”

Joe Scanlan, “Post–Post Studio”

Carolee Schneemann, “The Studio, June 22, 2009”

Daniel Buren, “The Function of the Studio”

Daniel Buren, “The Function of the Studio Revisited: Daniel Buren in Conversation”

Carrie Moyer

Marjorie Welish

Marjorie Welish, “The Studio Visit”

Marjorie Welish, “The Studio Revisited”

The Studio as Lived-In Space

Mary Bergstein, “The Artist in His Studio: Photography, Art, and the Masculine Mystique”

Rachel Harrison

Lynn Lester Hershman, “The Studio Present”

Brenda Schmahmann, “Cast in a Different Light: Women and the ‘Artist’s Studio’ Theme in George Segal’s Sculpture”

Karl Haendel

Brian Winkenweder, “The Kitchen as Art Studio: Gender, Performance, and Domestic Aesthetics”

Glenn Adamson, “Analogue Practice”

Amy Granat, “1107”

David Robbins

James Welling, “Polaroids, 1976”

The Studio as Space and Non-Space

Jon Wood, “Brancusi’s ‘white studio’ ”

James Welling, “Paris, 2009”

Caroline A. Jones, “Post-Studio/Postmodern/Postmortem”

Courtney J. Martin, “The Studio and the City: S.P.A.C.E. Ltd. and Rasheed Araeen’s Chakras”

Katy Siegel, “Live/Work”

Suzanne Lacy, “Beyond Necessity: The Street as Studio”

Walead Beshty, “Studio Narratives”

Andrea Bowers

Judith Rodenbeck, “Studio Visit”

Lane Relyea, “Studio Unbound”

List of Contributors

Illustration Credits


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