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Michael Mandiberg: Live Study

In this commissioned piece from the Whitney Museum of American Art, a live video stream from multimedia artist Michael Mandiberg's studio shows the artist "painting portraits of the 56 people who have worked for them over the last 15 years." Each portrait will be painted twice, one for sale (priced at the total wages Mandiberg paid the sitter) and the other gifted to the subject. The portraits are sized according to the number of hours the person worked for Mandiberg, resulting in canvas sizes ranging from a 4x5 inch miniature to 4x5 feet. In doing this, Mandiberg hopes to reveal the many, many hours contributed to the art-making enterprise by interns and assistants, debunking the stereotype of the lone artist at work in their studio. By clicking the "Enter Project" button, readers can view each hour-long video of Mandiberg at work. Close to 300 videos are available as of this write-up. Mandiberg began the year-long project in July 2019 and will continue "as long as it make over 120 paintings of the 60+ people who have helped them sustain their art practice for the past two decades."
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June 19th, 2020
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June 2nd, 2020 at 3:45pm
Date Of Record Release
June 3rd, 2020 at 7:35am
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