Are Fabricators the Most Important People in the Art World?

Category: Art Museums
Color chart suitcase centered in the floor of an art studio

In today’s art practice, frequent collaboration between artists and fabricators renders the line between creation and engineering increasingly seamless.

“Mastering your craft may have been a requirement and a point of pride for artists during the Renaissance, but the art schools of today emphasize idea over execution. In the digitally enhanced multimedia era, the mark of the artist’s hand is far less important than the concept, which means the collaborative work of creation is often a complex feat of engineering.”

–Nancy Hass

As contemporary artists become increasingly less present in their own work, the people who make their pieces remain unsung heroes. THE IMAGE OF the artist feverishly working alone as first light dawns through the tall, grimy windows of the atelier dies hard.

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