Prepare to feel better about your unorganized workspace: some of the best artists share your tendency towards clutter. E. Brady Robinson has the proof. Her forthcoming book, Art Desks, collects 57 images of messy, chaotic desks of artists, curators, art dealers, critics, and museums directors. Also, their cats.
Robinson takes her photos while her subjects are working, creating a portrait not just of an artist, but how an artist works. Post-it notes, coffee cups, html manuals, bananas, toys; all of the ephemera of the creative process is on display. Chajana Denharder’s desk is next to a hand-lettered sign that reads “Performance Art: Not meant to be Entertaining,” which is a good thing to keep in mind, no matter who you are.
Help fund Robinson’s project on Indiegogo here.
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Art Desks | Chajana Denharder, Artist
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Art Desks | Andy Anas Shallal, Artist, Activist and Restauranteur
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Art Desks | Claudia Smigrod, Artist and Educator
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Art Desks | Klaus Ottman, Ph.D. | Director of the Center for Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large, The Phillips Collection
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Art Desks | Jessica van Brackle, Artist
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Art Desks | Larissa Leclair, Founder of Indie Photobook Library and Independent Curator
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Art Desks | Richard Gould, Art Collector
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Art Desks | Leigh Conner, Co-Founder of Conner Contemporary
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Art Desks | Andy Grundberg, Art Critic, Curator. Professor, Dean Associate Provost, Corcoran College of Art + Design
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Art Desks | Alberto Gaitán, Artist