In 2008, Ai Wei Wei created "Bubble" in his immense Beijing studio. The light in the studio is reflected in each of the blue ceramic sculptures. In the background, one can see a wooden sphere which is based on a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci called "Divine Proportions."
I spent a day in Dali's Cadaques studio beginning this painting. After finishing the two walls, I went up to the roof and completed the landscape that had been partially visible through the two windows. The idea was inspired by an artwork in which Dali floated Velasquez's "Las Meninas" studio in the clouds.
I was lucky enough to know Andy Warhol and always imagined that I would one day make a painting of his studio.
Despite his success, the painting activities of René Magritte were confined to a small corner of his living room in Belgium. Meanwhile, his paintings were always reaching out beyond the bounds of reality. He often painted an imaginary ocean outside this urban window. In "Personal Values" (1952), he filled the next door room with out-sized versions of his possessions.