Open Studio (Pre-order)

Do-It-Yourself Art Projects by Contemporary Artists

A behind-the-scenes look at leading contemporary artists at work in their studios, with original art projects to recreate at home.

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Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Amanda Benchley


Price: USD$79.95

A behind-the-scenes look at leading contemporary artists at work in their studios, with original art projects to recreate at home

Open Studio invites you into the private studios of seventeen of the most celebrated contemporary artists as they draw, paint, sculpt, or design an original project for readers to recreate at home. Join George Condo as he creates a paint-by-numbers portrait, William Wegman as he watercolors whimsical scenes of his beloved Weimaraners, and Mickalene Thomas as she makes an artist's book out of collage. Open Studio demystifies the studio practice through the fun, accessible format of D.I.Y., leading you step-by-step through each artist’s project. Eight inserts specially designed by the artists for completing their projects — from stencils to cut-outs — are also included. The result is sure to inspire people everywhere to blaze their own creative trails.

Participating artists include: Marina Abramovic, George Condo, Will Cotton, John Currin, Thomas Demand, Rachel Feinstein, The Haas Brothers, Alex Israel, Rashid Johnson, KAWS, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas, Sarah Sze, William Wegman, and Lawrence Weiner.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 236 mm (11 3/8 x 9 1/4 in)
Pages: 256 pp
Illustrations: 523 illustrations
ISBN: 9781838661281

Sharon Coplan Hurowitz is an independent curator, print publisher, and the author of John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonne of Prints and Multiples and a contributor to Letters to Ellsworth. She previously was a specialist in contemporary prints at Sotheby's and Christie's. She is a D.I.Y. enthusiast.

Amanda Benchley is a freelance filmmaker and journalist and the co-author of Artists Living with Art. She has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sotheby's, and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and New York Observer.


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