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A Century of the Artist’s Studio at the Whitechapel Gallery

Inside the settings that created iconic artists’ most beloved works

Holly Bullock

No matter the setting – whether it’s a swish studio or a kitchen table – the environment that fosters art is always noteworthy. This significance is the focus of the Whitechapel Gallery’s latest exhibition, which spotlights the work spaces of artists from around the world. Bringing 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, the exhibition includes paintings, sculptures and films that document the studio as a venue for creative realisation – and the start of an artistic journey. From icons such as Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Hepworth, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele and Andy Warhol to modern figures such as Walead Beshty, Lisa Brice and Kerry James Marshall, each artist’s creative world is celebrated with an inside look at their private studios. If you’re intrigued by how some of the most acclaimed works were brought to life, it’s a walk-through you won’t forget.


A Century of the Artist’s Studio, 1920 – 2020, is at the Whitechapel Gallery until 29 May

Images courtesy of the Whitechapel Gallery