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Art Studio America:
Contemporary Artist Spaces
Editor/interviews: Hossein Amirsadeghi
Executive Editor: Maryam Eisler
Essays: Benjamin Genocchio, Mark Godfrey, Robert Storr
Hardback, 32 x 25 cm, 600 pp.
With over 600 photographs
America is often thought of as the quintessential land of freedom, opportunity, far-flung frontiers and awe-inspiring open spaces. From Lewis and Clark’s first transcontinental expedition in the nineteenth century to Jack Kerouac’s iconic booze- and drug-fuelled road trip of the 1940s, America’s distant horizons, multifarious landscapes (both urban and open), endless permutations of climate and tantalizing suggestion of unlimited possibilities for all have inspired some of history’s greatest minds to embark on literal and imaginary journeys. Among the hearts and minds both captivated and critical, none have been more significant than the country’s visual artists. The psychological, intellectual, spiritual and economic transformations proffered by America’s national mythologies continue to drive its artists to achieve greatness notwithstanding an increasingly globalized world.
Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces came into being because the story America tells about its endless energy and possibilities continues to be a viable theme. Contrasting intimate visits to artists’ studios – intended to evoke the particular elements of their own interior landscapes – with explorations of the country’s sweeping landscapes of light and form (whether wild or tamed) that have inspired artists since the Luminists and the Hudson River School, the book provides a privileged look at the dreams, ideas and thoughts of 115 artists active today. While the world may know their work well, they have rarely, if ever, allowed their studios to be explored in such an intimate way, and against the backdrop, both literal and figurative, of their country’s larger environment. From such established figures as Marina Abramovic, Larry Bell, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, John Currin, Rachel Feinstein, Nancy Holt, Robert Irwin, Alex Katz, Joseph Kosuth, Brice Marden, Ed Moses, Kiki Smith and Bill Viola to members of the new guard, including Allora & Calzadilla, Tauba Auerbach, Hernan Bas, Walead Beshty, Theaster Gates, Rashid Johnson, Sterling Ruby, Dana Schutz, Taryn Simon, Mickalene Thomas and Leo Villareal, Art Studio America offers a fascinating glimpse into the workings of one of the world’s largest artistic communities. Essays by renowned specialists Benjamin Genocchio, Mark Godfrey and Robert Storr augment the heavily illustrated artists’ profiles.
From New York City to Southern California, Art Studio America offers a unique journey across the country via its artists and their places of work. Beautifully illustrated with custom photographs reproduced to the highest standards, the book offers a fresh take on the current scene for art lovers and a unique introduction to its players.
Hossein Amirsadeghi is a long-time publisher, writer, editor and creative entrepreneur with a recent focus on the world of contemporary art. A Middle East specialist, he has written, edited and published many books on a wide range of subjects relating to the region. More recent art books include Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey, Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia, Contemporary Art Brazil, Korean Art: The Power of Now and Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios, all published by Thames & Hudson. He is currently working on surveys of contemporary art in Mexico and Scandinavia.
Maryam Eisler holds a BA from Wellesley College (where she is currently a trustee) and an MBA from Columbia University. She has had executive editorial roles on publications including Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey, Art and Patronage: The Middle East and Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios. Eisler is a member of the Tate International Council, a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and co-chair of the Tate’s MENAAC acquisition committee.
Robin Friend has an MA in fine art from the Royal College of Art, London and a BA in design and photography from the University of Plymouth. As an artist he has exhibited internationally, won several awards for photography and been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet. His photography was featured in Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios.
Benjamin Genocchio is the author and editor of seven books on artists, museums and the visual arts, including Contemporary Asian Art and Dollar Dreaming. He has reported on the visual arts from more than twenty-five countries and has authored over three thousand articles, reviews and essays. A former art critic for the New York Times, he is currently Editor-in-Chief of Art+Auction magazine and artinfo.com.
Mark Godfrey is a curator at Tate Modern, London. Prior to his appointment in 2007, he was a lecturer in history and theory of art at the Slade School of Art, London. He is the author of Abstraction and the Holocaust and Alighiero e Boetti, and has published catalogue essays on R. H. Quaytman, Frances Stark, Sharon Lockhart, Tacita Dean and others. He is currently working on exhibitions of work by Sigmar Polke and Richard Hamilton.
Robert Storr is an artist, critic and curator who serves as Dean of the Yale University School of Art, New Haven. Formerly, he was Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and taught at Harvard and elsewhere. He was overall Director of the 2007 Venice Biennale, Curator of the 2005 SITE Santa Fe Biennial and contributed a section of the 1999 São Paulo Bienal. He is the author of numerous books and catalogues, and contributes regularly to journals and newspapers.