Studios reflect the lives of artists — so much so that some decide to live in the space they work — and they mirror their characters, their methodology, their style: some are almost obsessively tidy, others look like they’ve been struck by a tornado.
Since the first artist studios opened in the Middle Ages, little has changed. The studio remains a space of experimentation and learning, where artists pass down their skills to their assistants.
A large number of assistants is indicative of the artist’s notoriety; people acting as trilingual assistants, representatives, web developers and community managers are often indispensable to the practices of superstar artists. Instagram abounds with pictures of the world’s biggest collectors visiting the studios of artists such as Anish Kapoor, Joana Vasconcelos, or Anselm Kiefer.
From Lahore to Alger, Tel Aviv, Singapore, Paris and London, with detours in Delhi, Guadalajara and Toronto, our series “One artist — One Studio” will open the doors to the workspaces of some of the most exciting international artists, allowing us to see their works in situ, get an insight into their working process and talk to them about their upcoming creative projects.
This is the first part of our One Artist, One Studio series. Part 2 is available here.