The Haas Brothers

Watch the Haas Brothers in their studio

The Californian artists shared their working space and practices with Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Amanda Benchley, authors of our new book Open Studio

We can’t drop in on artists’ studios at the moment, but last week Phaidon and RxArt offered the next best thing, when Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Amanda Benchley, authors of our new book Open Studio: Do-It-Yourself Art Projects By Contemporary Artists, hosted a talk with the Californian siblings and artistic duo, the Haas Brothers.

Haas Brothers video Open Studio

During this ticketed talk, which benefited RxART – a nonprofit organisation that places contemporary art in hospitals – Simon and Nikolai Haas spoke from their studio, telling Hurowitz and Benchley how their work has changed over the years; about the vernacular beading techniques they’ve picked up from women they collaborate with in Cape Town, South Africa and Lost Hills, CA; and about the creative family heritage in the Haas clan: their father was a sculptor and their mother was an opera singer before becoming a screenwriter.

Missed the live stream? You can catch up here; we’ve posted the video on our YouTube channel. Meanwhile, for a deeper dive into the Haas Brothers' art, and to make a piece just like theirs, get a copy of Open Studio. The book is a behind-the-scenes look at leading contemporary artists at work in their studios, with original art projects to recreate at home. Find out more here.

Open Studio
Open Studio