A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920 – 2020

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    Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2008, Acrylic on PVC panel in artist’s frame, 73 x 62.9 cm. Collection of Charlotte and Herbert S. Wagner III. © Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy of the artist, David Zwirner London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Steve Briggs.

Past Exhibition

This exhibition was on 24 February 2022 – 5 June 2022

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A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920 – 2020

24 February 2022 – 5 June 2022

★★★★★ – ‘A riveting experience…‘ – The Observer
★★★★★ – ‘A magical trip into the creative mind.‘ – The Times
★★★★ – ‘…a joyful hive of creative activity.’ – The Telegraph
A spellbinding adventure.’ – Financial Times

Whitechapel Gallery presents a 100-year survey of the studio through the work of artists and image-makers from around the world.

Whether it be an abandoned factory, an attic or a kitchen table, it is the artist’s studio where the great art of our time is conceived and created. In this multi-media exhibition, the wide-ranging possibilities and significance of these crucibles of creativity take centre stage and new art histories around the modern studio emerge through striking juxtapositions of under-recognised artists with celebrated figures in Western art history.

The exhibition brings together more than 100 works by over 80 artists and collectives from Africa, Australasia, South Asia, China, Europe, Japan, the Middle East, North and South America. They range from modern icons such as Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele and Andy Warhol, to contemporary figures such as Walead Beshty, Lisa Brice and Kerry James Marshall.

The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, installations and films depicting the studio as work of art and presents documentation of artists’ studios by world-renowned photographers and film-makers. A series of ‘studio corners’ also recreate the actual environments where great art has been produced.

Artists from A–Z

Felicia Abban, Mequitta Ahuja, Ai Weiwei, Darren Almond, Holly Antrum, Arpilleras workshops, Arte Madí, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Mirosław Bałka, Phyllida Barlow, Wilhelmina Barns- Graham, Manisha Gera Baswani, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Guy Ben-Ner, Bruce Bernard, Walead Beshty, Leonardo Bezzola, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Geta Brătescu, Lisa Brice, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Roberto Chabet, Nikhil Chopra, Denise Colomb, David Dawson, Robert Doisneau, Marcel Duchamp, Inji Efflatoun, Tracey Emin, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Helen Frankenthaler, Lucian Freud, Gisèle Freund, Shadi Ghadirian, Alberto Giacometti, Antony Gormley, Rodney Graham, Andrew Grassie, Ha Bik Chuen, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Florence Henri, Barbara Hepworth, Lucien Hervé, Harry Holtzman, Tehching Hsieh, Franz Hubmann, Mathias Johansson, Jasper Johns, William Kentridge, Edward Krasinński, Laboratoire Agit’Art, Maria Lassnig, Maud Lewis, Li Yuan- chia, Kim Lim, Maria Loizidou, Mateo López, Kerry James Marshall, Henri Matisse, John Mawurndjul, Paul McCarthy, Lisa Milroy, Henry Moore, Reinhard Mucha, Hans Namuth and Paul Falkenberg, Bruce Nauman, Perry Ogden, Gordon Parks, Pablo Picasso, Annie Ratti, Robert Rauschenberg, Wilhelm Redemann, Armando Reverón, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth / Björn Roth, Egon Schiele, Carolee Schneemann, Gregor Schneider, Kurt Schwitters, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Hassan Sharif, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Frances Stark, Varvara Stepanova, Josef Sudek, Vivan Sundaram, El Hadji Sy, Alina Szapocznikow, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jean Tinguely, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Suha Traboulsi, Cy Twombly, Raoul Ubac, Ian Wallace, Andy Warhol, Sabine Weiss, Paul Winstanley, Francesca Woodman.

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