Artists’ studios are the perfect place to see and understand the creative process that makes an artist unique. Studios can be small and tidy places or big messy warehouses, as well as everything in between. When you enter an artist’s studio, you are entering into their most intimate and private world. This is why artist studios are so special and why they are often inaccessible.
One of the most well-known artist studios is The Factory, where Andy Warhol created his artworks. It was not only a place to create work, but also somewhere to meet the many important people who came to pay court, and a space where he managed the process of creating art and print-making.
Andy Warhol had always been interested in printmaking in order to pursue his goal to ‘industrialise’ art. The process of printing multiple copies of the same image is also art according to Andy Warhol. In The Factory, he explored and refined the screen printing technique creating his most famous masterpieces.
However, an artist’s studio is not necessarily a confined space. It can include different environments, even city streets. Keith Haring started his art in streets and in underground walkways until the opening of POP SHOP, a shop/gallery in which he could sell his art.
For Haring, printmaking was a fertile ‘middle-ground,’ a natural bridge between his unique works and the reproduction of his imagery on affordable apparel, posters, buttons and other commercial products. Haring experimented with numerous printmaking techniques throughout his career, even as he was investigating diverse media in his unique work, and simultaneously seeking alternative channels for promoting and sustaining the accessibility of his increasingly popular imagery.
Artist’s studios can also be collective spaces. Artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, who had a prolific career with printmaking, were frequent visitors of the Curwen Press Studio in London. The studio was the focal point of print creators and makers in London in the 20th century. Very quickly, it became the centre of culture and art among all artists in London, with the studio becoming space where artists were given the opportunity of learning about printmaking techniques under the guidance of skilled experts.
Here great artists like Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore had the chance to acquire the skills of printmaking and create the many of their renowned prints.
26 January, 2017. IRISH NEWS
Before his death in 2013, Seamus Heaney had begun working with artist Jan Hendrix on a special version of his translation of The Aeneid: Book VI by Virgil. David Roy spoke to the Mexico City-based Dutch artist about a new exhibition of work from the project and his long-time friendship with the poet.
"HE IS always missed – but tonight he is even more seriously missed.": The late Seamus Heaney was very much on the mind of Dutch artist and architect Jan Hendrix as he prepared to preview a new exhibition based on the final collaboration with his friend of over 25 years.
Hendrix's large silk-screened on silver leaf panoramic artworks of the dramatic Mexican landscape were created for a new collector's version of Heaney's posthumously published 2016 translation of Virgil's The Aeneid: Book VI.
Available in a limited edition of 78 from Bonnefant Press, the handsome volume was launched at the preview of The Aeneid, Book VI - Jan Hendrix on Tuesday evening at London's Shapero Modern gallery in association with Maestro Arts.
Jan Hendrix's work will be exhibited in the gallery at Shapero Modern until 18 February 2017
Read the full article in The Irish News
Anti-war posters used on merchandise for the Records & Rebels 1966-70 exhibition
A range of anti-war posters acquired by Shapero Rare Books from the private collection of the late publisher Felix Dennis have been licensed to the V&A.
The protest posters have been used on merchandise including Christmas cards and t-shirts for the You Say You Want a Revolution?: Records & Rebels 1966-70 exhibition.
The exhibition – which opened at the museum in September and runs until February 26, 2017 – explores the counter culture revolutions of the late 1960s, along with the music, fashion and political angst that defined the era. Images bought from the Felix Dennis Estate were licensed to V&A for gift products including Peace Now, an image of a dove originally silkscreened onto discarded computer paper.
America in Revolt: The Art of Protest, an exhibition at Shapero Modern in London was curated by the historian Barry Miles earlier this year.
Barry commented: “These posters were not designed as art, but for a specific political purpose, and yet they inevitably fit into the history of graphic art, borrowing heavily from the Atelier Populaire posters of the student uprising in Paris of May 1968 and the counter-cultural posters of the period.
“They are a frozen snapshot of American graphic design at the end of the 60s, as well as a unique sociological record of a society in crisis.”
On Thursday 2 June, Shapero Modern hosted the preview of its new show, Encyclopaedia, by Kazakh Moscow-based artist Amanita. Here are the photos of that amazing evening!
13-30 April 2016
Shapero Modern is delighted to present a new print by the acclaimed British artist Stephen Walter.
Entitled Nova Utopia, the artwork is inspired by Thomas More’s philosophical novel Utopia, and a map of the world he imagined drawn by Abraham Ortelius. ‘Utopia’ by Thomas More, a work of fiction and a political philosophy written 500 years ago in 1516, is an everlasting inspiration for both political theory and art. This book, a narrative depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs, is about persisting human desire to create order and unity in the world, and the imagination of a perfect human society where justice exists for all. Walter’s hand-drawn map updates this to the 21st century, showing a world of mass tourism, package holidays, retirement homes, luxury resorts, banking districts and cultural hotspots.
Nova Utopia is presented inside a ‘Hagioscope frame’ containing a movable magnifying glass with an LED light. Using this magnifying glass, only one person at the time can light and explore the artwork within, one piece at the time. This frame is a metaphor of today’s society since it goes against the idea that Utopia is for everybody, showing that this world can never be seen in total, but rather on a personal and local level.
The drawings of Stephen Walter have evolved from his fascination with maps, public signs, symbols, semiotics and investigation into obsessive drawing techniques. His maps and beautiful landscape works are rich in details and full of autobiographical references, epithets, hidden associations and wider contradictions, exploring the phenomenon of personal and collective experiences of real and fictional places.
Says Walter: ‘This map is essentially a collection of a number of utopian and dystopian manifestations, come that I yearn for, and also some of the things that I wish didn’t exist.’
Shapero Modern are proud to present Mother & Child, a remarkable exhibition of Henry Moore's final work. This poignant collection of thirty prints illustrates the most affecting relationship in intimate detail, from the protection of a helpless being, to the quiet chastisement of a mischievous child.
"The subject Mother and Child is eternal and unending, with so many sculptural possibilities in it - a small form in relation to a big form, the big form protecting the small one, and so on."
- Henry Moore
The exhibition will run from Friday December 11th until the 23rd.
To view the catalogue, please click here.