Six photographs show the interior of the studios of the most iconic artists that change the way we see art: Louise Joséphine Bourgeois, Jean Micheal Basquiat, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Fernand Léger, Helen Frankenthaler, Tony DeLap.
The artist's studio is central to understand the artwork and its meaning in society and the creation of the artist’s myth. Exploring their workspaces reveal more than their occupants expect.The sacred place is a laboratory in which ideas are melted down and boiled up and turned out on canvas and objects by magic. Art historian, curator Giles Waterfield feels says "For centuries people have taken the studio as a faithful reflection of the soul of the artist, but my question is - is it really?" Artists, after all, are by definition creatures of artifice, and they are exhibitionists. Many of these interiors are as carefully constructed as stage sets don't reflect who they are.
Louise Joséphine Bourgeois
Louise Joséphine Bourgeois, born in 1911, was a French-American artist. Although she is best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art, Bourgeois was also a prolific painter and printmaker. She explored a variety of themes over the course of her long career including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the subconscious.
Jean Micheal Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat, born in 1960, was an influential American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s, where rap, punk, and street art coalesced into early hip-hop music culture.
Joan Mitchell, born in 1925, was an American "second generation" abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. She was a member of the American abstract expressionist movement, even though much of her career took place in France.
Fernand Léger, born in1881, is a French painter who was deeply influenced by modern industrial technology and Cubism. He developed “machine art,” a style characterized by monumental mechanistic forms rendered in bold colours.
Frankenthaler, born in 1928, has long been recognized as a leader of Abstract Expressionism. And her unique, dauntless approach served as a spark plug for what came after it. When she died in 2011, she left behind an array of interviews that offer a glimpse into her innovative process and unflagging drive.
Tony DeLap, was born1927, was a West Coast artist, known for his abstract sculpture utilizing illusionist techniques and meticulous craftsmanship. As a pioneer of West Coast minimalism and Op Art, DeLap's oeuvre is a testament to his willingness to continuously challenge the viewer's perception of reality.