30/10/2013: Kirsty Bell

Kurt Schwitters, “Merzbau”, 1933; destroyed 1943.                 Photo: Kurt Schwitters Archive at the Sprengel Museum Hannover.                 Photographer: William Redemann, Hanover. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2013.

Kurt Schwitters, “Merzbau”, 1933; destroyed 1943.
Photo: Kurt Schwitters Archive at the Sprengel Museum Hannover.
Photographer: William Redemann, Hanover. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2013.

Kirsty Bell is a writer and contributing editor of Frieze. She lives in Berlin. Her book “The Artist’s House” is just out with Sternberg Press.

“Our house is our corner in the world”, wrote Gaston Bachelard in 1958. “It is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word.” In her new book “The Artist’s House”, Kirsty Bell enters into the cosmos of the artist’s home, exploring the corners of those spaces that come to define artistic production. Focusing on artists whose domestic life and work life take place under one roof, Bell unfolds these worlds in which the artist’s house shifts from being a place of dwelling to a workplace and finally to a surrogate artwork itself.

November 11, 2013
Written by Academy Lectures