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Barry Schwabsky’s “Hotel Artists” in The Nation

Studio mashup of 2 musically inclined artists.  L: Henri Matisse, Interior with a Violin (Room at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage), 1918
.  Oil on canvas; 116 x 89 cm. 
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, J. Rump Collection
© 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.  R: Ian Wallace, detail of Hotel Phenix, 2012. 
Photolaminate with acrylic on canvas
, 91.4 x 91.4 cm; courtesy the artist and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. 

“Hotel Artists,” AICA-USA board member Barry Schwabsky’s February 11, 2013 essay for The Nation, is a meditation on the elastic notion of what exactly comprises an artist’s studio.  Schwabsky approaches the importance of the studio both as a workplace and a state of mind for modern and contemporary artists.  He productively compares the examples of Henri Matisse’s transitions in habit and approach after moving his studio from Paris to the Hôtel Beau-Rivage in Nice, included in the Metropolitan Museum’s “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” with the distinctions between Vancouver artist Ian Wallace’s depictions of his industrial studio in Vancouver and his ongoing Hotel Pictures series. 

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