While the art world is cooling down after its summer season of art fairs, why not take a culturally-enriching getaway to the past? Converted artists’ homes and studios to public heritage sites are the perfect destinations for weekend trips during the August lull.
Withdrawing from major cities (much like vacationers), artists centered themselves in secluded spots that often influenced the tone of their work. A more unorthodox museum visit, these sites allow patrons to reimagine their favorite work within the context of a physical space and geographical landmark. In a world that is constantly looking to the future, artists’ refurbished studios revitalize the origins of their legacy. Here are 5 artist studios and homes worth consideration.
1. Georgia O’Keefe’s Home and Studio & Ghost Ranch. Abiquiu, New Mexico
The home of Georgia O’Keefe, whose habitation in the deserts of New Mexico is almost synonymous with her artistic identity, are for those who want to venture further out. Her house, which she lived in from 1945-1984 and restored with friend Maria Chabot, is now a museum that showcases her work and living quarters.
2. Winslow Homer’s Studio. Prouts Neck, Scarborough, Maine
Winslow Homer’s studio and home near Portland, Maine is an easy train ride away for East Coast dwellers. Homer’s inspirations for his majestic seascapes are easily seen when walking in the area. His studio, a converted carriage house, recently opened after a 6 year renovation.
3. Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center. East Hampton, New York
4. Alice Austen House, Clear Comfort. Staten Island, New York
A 19th century documentary photographer known for her snaps of the Lower East Side, Alice Austen’s home in Staten Island can offer a nice break from the bustle of city life. The Victorian Gothic cottage is also a museum space dedicated to photography exhibitions.
5. Thomas Cole’s House, Cedar Grove. Catskill, New York
One of the Hudson River School’s founders, the inspiration behind Thomas Cole’s scenic vistas is made clear when you visit his home near the Catskill mountains. Today, the Federal Style house is a national historic site, offering programs that allow you to trail the panoramic-inspirations of the Hudson River School.