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Notes on Laura Bielau’s Arbeit

1. “And then the question goes back to what is art? And art is what an artist does, just sitting around in the studio.” 2. Despite its shifts in form and function over the centuries, the artist’s studio maintains much of the same mystique it once did—a place of intense and elusive creative activity, of […]

The Gap from Eye to Page: Photographs of Readers

Above my bed hangs a small black and white photograph of the artist Joseph Cornell, a torn frontispiece from one of his biographies. In it, Cornell is sitting outside, his lumpish figure hunched over in a rickety chair that looks more appropriate for a child. His body is turned away from the camera, just barely […]