Why Do Contemporary Artists Use So Many Studio Assistants?

artnet News | Henri Neuendorf:

The romantic image of the artist at work alone in the studio is largely inaccurate in today’s market-driven art world, where Jeff Koons‘s 11-foot-high balloon dog is followed by Louise Bourgeois‘s 10-foot spider outside of Christie’s before a big auction. Nowadays, artists’s studios are large-scale operations that often employing scores of assistants to help produce large-scale works of art. The use of multiple assistants dates back to the Renaissance era, where large-scale projects were relatively common. Michelangelo had assistants to help him paint backgrounds on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican between 1508 and 1512, and artists such as Peter Paul Rubensand Rembrandt did the same… Read more

Image: Artist Jeff Koons has been unabashed about is use of studio assistants. Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images