Open Studio Sharon Coplan Hurowitz, Amanda Benchley and photographs by Casey Kelbaugh

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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 fun, accessible, D.I.Y. projects. The book provides a suggested list of supplies, illustrated step-by-step instructions, pull-out templates and stencils, and essential elements - no special skills or previous art experience required! The result is sure to inspire kids and adults alike to blaze their own creative trails.

Each entry also includes a brief profile of the artist, exploring how they came to love art, their unique creative methodologies, and the sources of their inspiration, along with original photography of the artists in their studios.

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

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.

Sharon Coplan Hurowitz is an independent curator, art advisor, and print publisher, author of John Baldessari: A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples and a contributor to Letters to Ellsworth.

Casey Kelbaugh is a freelance photographer and the founder of arts-based nonprofit, Slideluck. His clients include Sotheby’s, MoMA, Art Basel and the Dia Art Foundation and he has chronicled the art world for The New York Times, ARTnews and Frieze Magazine.

"Offers step-by-step instructions for DIY projects you can make with things you may already have around the house." —Harper's Bazaar

"Open Studio shows that getting creative is easy—especially when you can take cues from world-class artists." —Bookpage

"Demystifying the studio practice through the fun, accessible format of D.I.Y., Open Studio leads readers step-by-step through each artist's project." —ArtDaily

"Finding a starting point can sometimes be the hardest part of making art. Open Studio, a new book published by Phaidon, aims to help out." —ARTnews

"The paradox of an art project that's too precious to complete inspired Hurowitz to dream up a book of aproachable DIY art projects. The spirit of collaboration is an underlying theme throughout the book; the reader becomes a late collaborator with each artist." —WWD

"Open Studio brings some of contemporary art’s most luminary figures into the realm of the real—and straight to our kitchen tables. The activities presented by the artists in Open Studio offer refreshing departures from the established art world script." —W Magazine

"This is one of those rare things both adults and children will enjoy." —Air Mail

"A book that appeals to the primal urge for creation, at any stage of life." —Wallpaper*

"What goes on in the studios of The Haas Brothers, KAWS, Marina Abramović and John Currin? Open Studio captures these creative forces in the act of making an original project designed for readers to recreate at home." —The Financial Times - How to Spend It

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