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This oversized photographic book combines interviews with artists and photographs of their studio spaces and their surroundings. The photographs are of high quality and were commissioned for the book. 115 artists working in the US are profiled here. Some photos include oblique fragments of their work, but most focus only on the studio space; the interviews are similarly focused more on the artists as individuals than their work. The artists interviewed include John Baldessari, Andrea Zittel, Alex Katz, Shirin Neshat, John Giorno, RETNA, Chuck Close, Marina Abramovic, Robert Longo, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Jeff Koons, Charlene von Heyl, Larry Bell, and Sheila Hicks. As a fair percentage of the artists here are older, the majority are Euro-American men, but considerable diversity for the US fine-art world is represented. Three essays, by Robert Storr, Mark Godfrey, and Ben Genocchio, are also included. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Art Studio America focuses on personal sites of artistic production in the US and highlights interviews with and photographs of contemporary artists in and around their studios. The book is a lavish compendium both trendy and archival, offering a snapshot glimpse and encyclopedic breadth. Its production resources--logistical, financial, and natural--were clearly considerable, and it flaunts an exuberance outweighed only, perhaps, by its carbon footprint. Nonetheless, this is a rich and useful resource--a privileged glimpse into ranges of personal artistic practice by a bevy of successful artists. And it offers, of course, stunning views of real estate. One interview's closing exchange pegs the time. Interviewer Amirsadeghi asks, "But hasn't contemporary art become part of the media and social circus?" Artist Chris Burden responds, "Isn't that why you are publishing this book?" Introduced by a sequence of brief essays that consider geopolitical movements within the modern art world, the roles of the studio in artistic practice, and individualized artistic responses to space and place, this peripatetic guide hovers predictably around New York City and Los Angeles with stopovers in Chicago, the American Southwest, and Puerto Rico, among other locales. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates; Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty; Professionals/Practitioners. E. Baden Warren Wilson College Copyright 2014 American Library Association.