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Inside the Painter's Studioby Joe Fig
Synopses & Reviews
"Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work."
Inside an art gallery, it is easy to forget that the paintings there are the end products of a process involving not only creative inspiration, but also plenty of physical and logistical details. It is these "cruder," more mundane aspects of a painter's daily routine that motivated Brooklyn artist Joe Fig to embark almost ten years ago on a highly unorthodox, multilayered exploration of the working life of the professional artist. Determined to ground his research in the physical world, Fig began constructing a series of diorama-like miniature reproductions of the studios of modern art's most legendary painters, such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. A desire for firsthand references led Fig to approach contemporary artists for access to their studios. Armed with a camera and a self-made "Artist's Questionnaire," Fig began a journey through the workspaces of some of today's most exciting contemporary artists.
Inside the Painter's Studio collects twenty-four remarkable artist interviews, as well as exclusive visual documentation of their studios. Featured artists were asked a wide range of questions about their day-to-day creative life, covering everything from how they organize their studios to what painting tools they prefer. Artists open up about how they set a creative mood, how they choose titles, and even whether they sit or stand to contemplate their work. Also included are a selection of Fig's meticulously detailed miniatures. In this context Fig's diminutive sculpturesreproducing minutiae of the studio, from paint-tube labels and paint splatters on the floor to the surface texture of canvasesbecome part of a fascinating new form of portraiture as diorama. Inside the Painter's Studio offers a rare look into the self-made universe of the artist's studio. Inside the Painter's Studio features interviews with Gregory Amenoff, Ross Bleckner, Chuck Close, Will Cotton, Inka Essenhigh, Eric Fischl, Barnaby Furnas, April Gornik, Jane Hammond, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Ryan McGinness, Julie Mehretu, Malcolm Morley, Steve Mumford, Philip Pearlstein, Matthew Ritchie, Alexis Rockman, Dana Schutz, James Siena, Amy Sillman, Joan Snyder, Billy Sullivan, and Fred Tomaselli.
Book News Annotation:
Fig, an artist, provides interviews with 24 American and British contemporary artists between the ages of 26 and 84 that explore their working lives, along with color photos of miniature sculptures of their studios. The artists answer questions from a questionnaire (provided for the reader) about their daily creative life, studio layout and location, preferred tools, creative and working processes, collaborating with others, advice for young artists, and other aspects. Gregory Amenoff, Ross Bleckner, Will Cotton, Inka Essenhigh, April Gornik, Jane Hammond, Steve Mumford, Amy Sillman, Joan Snyder, and Fred Tomaselli are among the artists interviewed. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Joe Fig is an artist born and raised in Long Island, New York. Fig's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
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