Studio Visit with Raúl De Nieves
Jun 29, 2017

  • Raúl de Nieves shows YI Artists his bead work, April 2017. Photograph by Andrew Kist

  • De Nieves welcomes the YI Artists

  • And invites the teens into his studio

  • In all of his work, de Nieves turns mundane materials into the fantastical

  • The teens get to touch his beaded work

  • And see one of de Nieves’s ”stained glass” windows up close

  • An example of de Nieves’s crochet work

  • Wearable art!

  • Another crocheted costume

  • De Nieves talks about works in progress

  • Everyone enjoyed their visit!

Youth Insights Artists in the Whitney’s teen program had a special opportunity to visit 2017 Biennial artist Raúl de Nieves’s studio on April 4. De Nieves’s studio is in the basement of the club Spectrum on the border of Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens. For his site-specific Biennial installation, de Nieves covered six floor-to-ceiling windows with eighteen “stained-glass” panels he made using paper, wood, glue, tape, beads, and acetate sheets. The windows created a vivid backdrop for de Nieves’s elaborately beaded sculptures, some of which are based on shoes, while others take the form of figures draped in heavy costumes worn by the artist in his performances. Explore de Nieves’s studio with the YI Artists. All photographs by Andrew Kist.

By Dina Helal, Manager of Education Resources