31 augustus 2022

Caravaggio #2

"In Roma’s historic center, at Vicolo del Divino Amore, pretty close to Piazza Navona, we can see what once was Caravaggio’s painting studio. In 1600 the name of the alleyway was different, but the palace is almost the same. The story of his painting studio was carefully described in the official archival of that age Police; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was wanted for murder, that’s why he had to quickly escape from Roma, leaving all his stuff inside his studio painting. The hostess wanted to take back the rent money and she asked to confiscate all the objects inside the studio and the Police, therefore, drew up a checklist of the objects.

Caravaggio’s studio was made by a big room with a garret over it; he had broken the ceiling of the room to create a wide and high studio painting for large canvases he used to paint. According to the archives from that time, he had divided the big room in two and had placed a big glass lens in the partition wall. It’s documented that Caravaggio attended a glazier’s workshop that sold mirrors and lenses too and it’s documented many painters of the age used the “Camera Obscura” (from Latin, means “darkroom”) created by Leonardo da Vinci.
Recently, some critics of art and photographers suggested that Caravaggio went further, turning his whole studio painting into a big Camera Obscura. According to the hypothesis about Caravaggio’s studio, the first room was the one where the action took place. He had built a little stage where his models took place; the presence of the pedestal can be easily deduced by his paintings: Caravaggio used to paint with a perspective from below and the action had necessarily to take place higher. The second room, all painted in black, was used by Caravaggio and his canvas: in this room, the image projected through the lens appeared upside-down.
(bron: Sandra Azzaroni)

Camille Pissarro #8

Látelier de Camille Pissarro, Eragny-sur-Epte​. (bron: flickr | Pierre Marcel)

29 augustus 2022

Camille Corot #4

Paris atelier de Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. (bron: ebay)

25 augustus 2022

Lorna Robertson

Lorna Robertson in her studio, Glasgow, 2020. Stills from the video "INSTALMENTS | Lorna Robertson". (bron video: vimeo)

> Lorna Robertson | Instagram

Andrew Cranston #3


Andrew Cranston’s studio. (bron: The Paris Review)

24 augustus 2022

Sam Middleton

Sam Middleton in his studio, Amsterdam, 1964. (bron: eHive, collectie: The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College)

Sam Middleton aan het werk in zijn atelier, ca 1965. (bron: Stadsarchief Gemeente Amsterdam, foto: Cor Jaring)

22 augustus 2022

Callum Innes #4

Callum Innes' studio with "Untitled Lamp Black / Quinacridone Gold", Oslo, 2020.

Callum Innes' studio with "Opera Rose / May Green", Oslo, 2020.

Callum Innes' studio with "Lamp Black / Titanium Yellow Gold", Oslo, 2020.

View from the studio

"In Norway, the lockdown began on 12 March. I had decided to stay in Oslo, where my partner Kristin Nordhøy lives, rather than Edinburgh, where I have had a studio for many years. Fortunately I had just fitted out a space where I could work. The studio is on the 7th floor of a former industrial building which used to manufacture steel cables for the oil industry. It is among the tallest buildings in the City, overlooking the Oslo Fjord. I have been cycling to the studio each morning through empty streets from our flat in the centre of Oslo. Though now the City is coming to life again.
Unlike my ground floor Edinburgh studio where the light is even, here the light is constantly present and moving. I am surrounded by landscape. I have views out to the west, east and south. I started using this gold, seen in Untitled Lamp Black / Quinacridone Gold, in late January. It was dark by late afternoon and the sunsets across the Fjord were quite amazing. The light is very direct. If I am not looking out, I have to pull the blinds down. This Norwegian light is changing my work, especially the new watercolours. They feel especially of this time. There is a lot of silence here. I am used to a busy studio. But here there is a quietness and intimacy."
(bron: Kettle's Yard)

> Callum Innes

21 augustus 2022

Cai Guo-Qiang

"The renovation and expansion of Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio in New York, led by OMAPartner Shohei Shigematsu, organizes the studio’s multiple functions around a central, light-filled courtyard. The studio, located in an 1885 schoolhouse in New York’s Lower East Side, previously consisted of one floor on the ground level. The expanded space now includes both the basement level and an adjacent storefront on First Street. Now twice the original square footage, the expanded headquarters enhances the artist’s capability for production, exhibition and reception.
Without gallery representation, the 8,675 square foot studio plays a crucial role in the artist’s operations, acting as the main work, archive, gallery, reception, administration, and office space. The porous boundaries between the programs unite the studio through continuous materials and light. The resin wall spans both levels along the courtyard edge, acting as a central spine distributing natural light. The wall system is constructed with integrated lighting and mechanical infrastructure, incorporating storage, display, workspace, and support spaces at various points along its length. The renovation also preserves many historic elements of the building, including the red school door which continues to serve as the main entry, original brick and stone masonry and archways, and the existing stairs and iron railings.
Each room has the flexibility to function as both a private workspace and public venue. Two ateliers with museum quality lighting are used for daily exhibitions as well as catered receptions. In the cellar, a new space with A/V capabilities and a sixteen-foot solid Douglas Fir table hosts large meetings and film screenings. The library provides a dedicated space for interviews with publishers and journalists with Cai’s collection of publications close at hand. A tea room composed of the essential elements of a customary Japanese tea house—tatami mats and a floating bamboo reed light fixture—acts as a traditional ceremonial space for visitors as well as a modern contemplation space for the studio."
(bron: Arch Daily, foto's Brett Beyer)

> Cai Guo-Qiang

Bruce Nauman #15

Bruce Nauman in New Mexico, 2018.

A study in Nauman’s studio for “Leaping Foxes” (2018), a series of sculptures and photographs based on pictures of taxidermy. (bron: The New York Times, foto's Alec Soth)

17 augustus 2022

Bridget Riley #5

Bridget Riley working in her London studio c.1980. (bron: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, foto's: Bill Warhurst)

Bridget Riley in her studio at her home in Notting Hill, London, 1992. (bron: The Times)

Bridget Riley in the studio, 1992. (bron: BBC)

Geer van Velde #3

Geer van Velde in his studio, 1949.

Geer van Velde in his studio at Cachan, 1952. (bron: Galerie de la Presidence, foto's: Jo Bokma)

16 augustus 2022

Bram Braam #2

Bram Braam in his studio, Berlin. (bron: visitmytent)

Bram Braam in his studio, Berlin. (bron: Kuntzen, foto's: Luis Bortt)

> Bram Braam