Artists’ Studios Recreated as Miniature Sculptures

The inside of an art museum is often clean and uncluttered, with velvet ropes and sterile white walls surrounding the pieces that are showcased. That’s a stark contrast to many artists’ studios, where the art that’s being created makes its mark throughout the room in the form of paint, papers and supplies. 

Joe Fig is a painter and sculptor based in New York City, and his work includes miniature sculptures that depict the personal studios of some of today’s leading contemporary artists. Some work spaces are meticulously organized while others are scattered with brushes and mottled with paint. Fig has replicated the studios down to their smallest details, like a discarded rag or a Planters Peanuts can. Even if you're not familiar with these artists’ work, you can still get a sense of their process from Fig’s scaled-down snapshots.

Ross Bleckner: 3/22/07

Chuck Close: 4/25/06

Inka Essenhigh: 8/31/06

Barnaby Furnas: 1/3/06

Jane Hammond: 10/3/06

Mary Heilmann: 4/19/07

Ryan McGinness: 3/23/06

Melissa Meyer: 7/24/06

Julie Mehretu

Alexis Rockman: 1/3/06

Amy Sillman: 1/6/06

Dana Shutz: 10/7/03

Bill Sullivan: 4/3/07

A new collection of sculptures, paintings and drawings representing the studios of contemporary artists is on display until October 24 at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York as park of Fig's Inside the Artist’s Studio exhibit. It coincides with the release of his book of the same name, which includes interviews with the sculptors, painters, photographers, and video and mixed-media artists whose studios he visited. His book comes out October 6, and you can preorder it on Amazon today.

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[h/t: Cristin Tierney]

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UK Archaeologists Have Found One of the World’s Oldest 'Crayons'
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A prehistoric chunk of pigment found near an ancient lake in England may be one of the world's oldest crayons, Colossal reports. The small object made of red ochre was discovered during an archaeological excavation near Lake Flixton, a prehistoric lake that has since become a peat wetland but was once occupied by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers. Though it’s hard to date the crayon itself, it was found in a layer of earth dating back to the 7th millennium BCE, according to a recent study by University of York archaeologists.

Measuring less than an inch long, the piece of pigment is sharpened at one end, and its shape indicates that it was modified by a person and used extensively as a tool, not shaped by nature. The piece "looks exactly like a crayon," study author Andy Needham of the University of York said in a press release.

A pebble of red ochre thought to be a prehistoric crayon
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The fine grooves and striations on the crayon suggest that it was used as a drawing tool, and indicate that it might have been rubbed against a granular surface (like a rock). Other research has found that ochre was collected and used widely by prehistoric hunter-gatherers like the ones who lived near Lake Flixton, bolstering the theory that it was used as a tool.

The researchers also found another, pebble-shaped fragment of red ochre at a nearby site, which was scraped so heavily that it became concave, indicating that it might have been used to extract the pigment as a red powder.

"The pebble and crayon were located in an area already rich in art," Needham said. "It is possible there could have been an artistic use for these objects, perhaps for coloring animal skins or for use in decorative artwork."

[h/t Colossal]

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Tour the National Museum of Scotland From Home With Google Street View
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Google's Street View technology can be used to view some amazing art, whether it's behind the walls of the Palace of Versailles in France or the Guggenheim Museum in New York. As the BBC reports, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is the latest institution to receive the virtual treatment.

The museum contains items tracing the history of the world and humanity. In the Natural World galleries, visitors will find a hulking Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and a panorama of wildlife. In the World Cultures galleries, there are centuries' worth of art and innovation to see. The museum's permanent galleries and the 20,000 objects on display can all be viewed from home thanks to the new online experience.

Users can navigate the virtual museum as they would a regular location on Street View. Just click the area you wish to explore and drag your cursor for full 365-degree views. If there's a particular piece that catches your interest, you may be able to learn more about it from Google Arts & Culture. The site has added 1000 items from the National Museum of Scotland to its database, complete with high-resolution photos and detailed descriptions.

The Street View tour is a convenient option for art lovers outside the UK, but the museum is also worth visiting in person: Like its virtual counterpart, admission to the institution is free.

[h/t BBC]


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