Open Studio: Do-It-Yourself Art Projects by Contemporary Artists
There is often an air of mystery surrounding artists and the everyday workings of their studios. But a new book is seeking to demystify this elusive environment, going behind closed doors and into the studios of 17 eminent artists and inviting readers to collaborate. Written by Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Amanda Benchley, Open Studio: Do-it-Yourself Art Projects by Contemporary Artists profiles each artist as they undertake an original creation for readers to follow at home. Featured artists include Rashid Johnson, William Wegman, Mickalene Thomas, George Condo, Julie Mehretu, Alex Israel, Marina Abramović and Lawrence Weiner. The book offers a suggested list of supplies for each project and includes 16 pull-out inserts designed by the artists for the do-it-yourself projects. Whether it’s creating your own masterwork with Lawrence Weiner’s text-based plastic stencil or filling in the blanks of George Condo’s paint-by-numbers, this is a book that appeals to the primal urge for creation, at any stage of life. Open Studio: Do-It-Yourself Art Projects by Contemporary Artists by Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Amanda Benchley is published by Phaidon, £59.95.