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Visual artist Joe Fig interviews other visual artists working within the same cultural frame: the middle and upper class Bohemians of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons, Willamsburg, and similar exburbs. Some are considered up-and-coming artists, others established ones. Fig makes meticulous dollhouse miniatures (or sometimes paintings) of their studios. Details of these are showcased in color photographs along with photographs of the artist and studio. Like Fig, many of the artists here do three-dimensional and mixed-media work; some are representational painters. In the interviews, the artists briefly describe their art education, how they came to their profession, and what they do in their studios. While each interview is fairly short and the book is too genteel to ask about money, the interviews are informal and substantive. They reveal that the artists came from all over the country, that meeting a well-connected artist/patron/dealer, dogged persistence, and luck are all major components of professional success, and that people from working class American backgrounds could become professional fine artists in previous generations, but generally cannot now. While the book is designed to highlight Fig and other artists rather than their work, the work (finished and in process) visible here is varied and the book will be interesting to a variety of art students, artists, and readers interested in art. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 255
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Author: Joe Fig
Street Date: October 6, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-2947
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