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Studio Break-In

Launched in 2014, Studio Break-In is an all-access peek into the studios of some of Sima Familant’s artist friends. Scroll down to view all episodes. 

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum was founded in 1985 with the generous donation by artist Charles Umlauf and his wife Angeline of their home, property and his art studio to the city of Austin, Texas

Since then, Umlauf has been dedicated to their mission of exhibiting the work of Charles Umlauf, his influences and other contemporary sculptors in the stunning natural setting of an outdoor sculptural garden, while providing educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture.

Tabor Robak

Tabor Robak is a New York based digital artist. He received his BFA at Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2010. Robak has been featured extensively in group exhibitions and institutions both stateside and abroad, including the 12th Lyon Biennale; Palazzo delle Esponizioni, Rome; MoMA: PS1, New York; Kunsthalle Dusseldorf; Migros Museum, Zurich. He is represented by Team Gallery in NY.

Ghiora Aharoni

Ghiora Aharoni founded his multi-disciplinary studio for art, design and residential/commercial projects in New York City in 2004. His work is in the permanent collection of The Pompidou Center in Paris, as well as private collections in the U.S., Europe and India. His artwork and art installations have been exhibited in New York, Europe and India, including a solo exhibition at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (formerly The Victoria & Albert Museum) in Mumbai. From May through September 2016, Aharoni’s sculptures were on view in “Divided Waters,” a group exhibition of international contemporary artists in Venice, Italy at the Palazzo Fontana, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.

Marianne Vitale

Marianne Vitale (b. 1973, East Rockaway, New York) lives and works in New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1995. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2015); works featured on Chelsea’s High Line, New York (2014); and commissions for Frieze New York and Performa, NY (2013). Her works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, White Columns, and the Brooklyn Museum. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Venus Over Los Angeles (2016). New publications include Train Wreck, Kiito-San, New York; These Things Are Hard To Say, Yogurt Boys Press, New York; and Oh, Don’t Ask Why, Snoeck, Köln.

Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli (b. 1956, Santa Monica, California) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2014) and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014); a survey exhibition at Aspen Art Museum (2009) that toured to Tang and Brooklyn Museums (2010), and Whitney Museum of American Art (1999). Tomaselli’s work can be found in the public collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; Albright Knox Gallery; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA. Tomaselli is represented by James Cohan Gallery, New York, and White Cube, London. Upcoming exhibitions will be housed at the artist’s alma mater, California State University, Fullerton, CA, the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA, White Cube in London, as well as MASS MoCA.

Leonardo Drew

Leonardo Drew (b. 1961, Tallahassee, Florida) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has shown in such notable institutions as The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland, and The Art Institute of Chicago. He has also collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and has participated in artist residencies at ArtPace, San Antonio and The Studio Museum of Harlem in New York City, among others. Drew’s mid-career survey exhibition, Existed: Leonardo Drew, debuted in 2009 at the Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston and traveled to the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. A monograph of his work was published in conjunction with the survey by Giles, Ltd., London. Drew is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co in New York, Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco, and VIGO Gallery in London.

Joyce Pensato

Joyce Pensato was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to live and work. Her touring solo show, I Killed Kenny, was first shown at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2013) and then traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum of St Louis (2014). Pensato’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMoMA, San Francisco; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Art; St Louis Art Museum and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire. She has won numerous awards including the Robert de Niro, Sr. Prize (2013), the Award of Merit Medal for Painting, given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2012), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (1997) and the Guggenheim Fellowship (1996). Pensato is represented by Petzel Gallery in New York and Lisson Gallery in London. She currently has a solo show at Petzel Gallery, NY thru March 28th.

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson (b. 1978, New York) lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore and his M.F.A from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has exhibited widely at international venues, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Johnson is represented by Blum&Poe in Los Angeles and 303 Gallery in New York.

Ahmed Alsoudani

Alsoudani was born in Baghdad and lives and works in New York City. He received his BFA from Maine College of Art, Portland and his MFA from Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT. A solo exhibition of his work, titled “Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted,” was presented in 2013 at the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix and the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. His work was featured in the Iraq Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Alsoudani’s paintings seen in the video were finished and recently exhibited at his first solo show with Gladstone Gallery, New York, November 2014.

Matthew Brandt

Matthew Brandt (b. 1982) is a Los Angeles based artist whose work has been shown widely throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He received a BFA from Cooper Union in 2004 and an MFA from UCLA in 2008. Brandt’s work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Amand Hammer Museum, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Royal Danish Library. He has an upcoming solo show at Praz-Delavallade in November 2014 and will be featured in a group exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in the summer of 2015. Brandt is represented by Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and M+B in Los Angeles.

Kianja Strobert

Kianja Strobert (b. 1980) lives and works in Hudson, NY. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and an MFA from Yale University in 2006. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Her next solo show opens at The Studio Museum in Harlem in November 2014. Strobert is represented by Zach Feur Gallery and Tilton Gallery in New York.

Kamrooz Aram

Kamrooz Aram was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1978. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2003. His work has been featured in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, including shows at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and MoMA PS1. Aram is a recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program. He is represented by the Green Art Gallery, Dubai, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Samira Yamin

Samira Yamin was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1983. She received a dual BA in studio art and sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Yamin lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2013, Yamin had her debut solo museum exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. She is currently exhibiting at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Jan 25 – April 27, 2014.

Cameron Martin

Cameron Martin (b. 1970) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In 1994, he graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Art and Semiotics, and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in 1996. His paintings and drawings have been shown internationally. In addition to solo shows at galleries in the United States, Japan, and Europe, he has had one-person exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial and Short Stories at the Henry Art Gallery in 2005. He received a Pollock-Krasner Award in 2000, the Freud Fellowship in 2005, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in 2008. His work is in many museum collections, including the Albright Knox, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Robert Zungu

Robert Zungu (b. 1978) lives and works in New York. In 2000, he received a Bachelor’s degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts, NY. Zungu has had solo exhibitions at Fitzroy Gallery, NY; Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY; Nicholas Robinson Gallery, NY. He has also shown in group exhibitions including Territories, Left of Center at California State University, Los Angeles; Grass Grows By Itself at Marlborough Gallery; November at Harris Lieberman; and most recently A Chromatic Loss at Bortolami Gallery.

Sean Shim-Boyle

Sean Shim-Boyle is a Canadian-born artist living and working in Los Angeles. In 2008, he received a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the California Institute of the Arts, and an MFA in sculpture from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. Sean had his first institutional solo exhibition at LAXART, November 2 – December 21, 2013. He most recently had a solo booth with Various Small Fires Gallery at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair, and has an upcoming exhibition at SSSignal in Brooklyn for Fall 2014.

Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath was born in Chemnitz, Germany in 1974 and lives in Los Angeles. He has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, CO; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Kunstverein Hannover; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and most recently at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK. Group exhibitions include Life on Mars: the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh and The World is Yours, Palazzo Grassi, Venice. Kunath shows with Blum&Poe in Los Angeles, Andrea Rosen in New York, BQ Gallery in Berlin, and White Cube in London. He is currently preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition at Andrea Rosen, opening March 2014.

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