Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces, is a sumptious, heavily illustrated look at the studios of artists across America, from Los Angeles to New York City and points in between. Robin Friend's excellent photographs reveal the spaces where creation happens, sometimes in an urban loft, sometimes in a converted warehouse, and sometimes in an old barn or outbuilding in the mountains or the desert. Copious interviews with each artist explore the idea of inspiration and where it originates, the role of place in an artist's work and how place can change an artist's direction, the effects of fame and neglect, and the importance of having room and security to work.
'Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces' by Hossein Amirsadeghi; executive editor: Maryam Eisler; essays by Robert Storr, Benjamin Genocchio, and Mark Godfrey; photography by Robin Friend. 600 pages, Thames & Hudson, $95.