A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

The Studio Reader

Cover, The Studio Reader, edited by Michelle Grabner and Mary Jane Jacob

Publication: The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists

Evolving from the wider inquiry into the artist’s studio, SAIC co-published with the University of Chicago Press The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists (2010). Edited by Michelle Grabner and Mary Jane Jacob, The Studio Reader pulls back the curtain from the art world to reveal the real activities behind artistic production. What does it mean to be in the studio? What is the space of the studio in the artist’s practice? How do studios help artists envision their agency and, beyond that, their own lives? This forward-thinking anthology features an array of contributors, ranging from Svetlana Alpers, Bruce Nauman, and Robert Storr to Daniel Buren, Carolee Schneemann, and Buzz Spector, each of whom locates the studio both spatially and conceptually—at the center of an art world that careens across institutions, markets, and disciplines. The Studio Reader reconsiders this crucial space as an actual way of being that illuminates our understanding of both artists and the world they inhabit.