When you picture an artist’s studio, you probably imagine a few archetypal images: a messy enclave with paint tubes strewn about, a large loft with a sculpture growing in the center, or maybe a clean cube with a desk, where concepts are born.
In the brand-new building that houses the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, there’s an exhibition that explores a space more important to art than even museums. Titled The Everywhere Studio, this is the first major group show that the ICA is putting on in its new Design District digs, containing an array of artists’ work from the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibit showcases not only the work itself, but also where it was made—and how both reflect larger transformations.
Pulled from the ICA’s collection, the artists on view include Pablo Picasso, who worked in various villa-studios throughout France and who made the studio a subject in many of his paintings. Bruce Nauman, the renowned American sculptor and conceptual artist who has his current studio in New Mexico, is known for seemingly artless activities and calling them art. After all, he did say, “If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art.”
Other major artists in ICA’s exhibition include the vital feminist work of Carolee Schneemann, whose practice centered on the body. Then there’s Elaine Sturtevant, who made intentionally imperfect recreations of other artists’ works, and Tetsumi Kudo, the Neo-Dadaist who makes prop-like sculptures exploring themes of apocalypse, dissolution, and nature. The Everywhere Studio illustrates how the artist’s space impacted the nature of the artwork, and vice versa.
This is a critical discussion, since in today’s disembodied, digitized world, some artists are returning to the studio as a site of production, while others are abandoning it entirely, instead choosing to make their work purely on the computer or in the confines of cognition.
The Everywhere Studio
Through February 26, 2018
61 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137