GOS 2017 Top 10 Can't Miss Studios
Curated by Special Guest Artists

This year we invited several internationally renowned artists to select 10 studios each to create a series of self guided tours. 

Joan Bankemper received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and  MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Upon moving to NYC she radically challenged her academic training to site specific installations using vegetation and the community as her primary medium; her ‘social practice’ was fully incorporated in her art making. Bankemper has shown with Creative Time, Inc., NY; The New Museum, NY;  Artpace, San Antonio, TX; The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; and Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY. Bankemper received grants from The George Sugarman Foundation and the NEA. The McColl Center of Visual Arts awarded her the Gabi Award. 


Jennifer Coates is an artist, writer, and musician in New York City. She has exhibited her work in numerous group shows locally and nationally, and has had solo exhibits at Feigen Contemporary, Kevin Bruk Gallery, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She has written art reviews for Time Out New York, Art in America,and the Brooklyn Rail, and published her first article, “The Goo of Paint,” for Modern Painters. Coates can also be heard playing violin and ukele and singing in various bands around New York City.


UFOs and giant octopi battling helicopters are among the recurring subjects in Steve DiBenedetto’s dense, chaotic, sci-fi dreamscapes. These compositions are built up over long periods of time, a process wherein the artist embraces intuitive mark-making as a way of finding meaning in unpredictability. DiBenedetto's artworks often incorporate his own old work and found objects from his studio, collaged onto the canvas’s surface, and deal with themes of intensity and decay. Aside from their surreal melding of mechanical and organic subjects, DiBenedetto’s paintings and drawings capture furtive, elastic energies; they seem to threaten to burst from their frames.

Steve DiBenedetto was born in the Bronx, New York in 1958 and is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Painting, and the Tiffany Foundation Award. He regularly shows his work in New York and around the globe.


David Humphrey's paintings, sculptures and drawings have been known for their "surreal sexiness, postmodern snap, and painterly discrimination". Combining figuration and landscape with abstract forms, his canvases are a lively field, where diverse painting practices co-exist to hatch enigmatic and engrossing narratives.

David Humphrey received a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1977 and a MA from New York University in 1980. He has shown nationally and internationally and he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize among other awards. His collections include the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Goetz Collection, Munich, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.


Matthew McCaslin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York in 1980. He is internationally known for his video and light sculptures. His distinct visual vocabulary, built from industrial materials, combines elegance and formality with roughness and spontaneity. McCaslin regularly includes televisions, clocks, light bulbs, fans, outlets, cables and plugs in his sculptures. Images, often of natural phenomena, presented on television monitors are seamlessly integrated. The use of these everyday objects reminds the viewer of his daily dependence on a technological support system. McCaslin has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Paris, among other US and international cities. Most recently, the artist has had solo exhibitions in Paris, Cologne, Madrid and Nuremberg. McCaslin's work can be found at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, among many others.


James Siena (b. 1957, Oceanside, California) is a New York based artist whose complex, rule-based linear abstractions have situated him firmly within the trajectory of modern American art. His artwork is driven by self-imposed predetermined sets of rules, or “visual algorithms,” which find their end-result in intensely concentrated, vibrantly-colored, freehand geometric patterns. Mr. Siena works across a diverse range of media, including lithography, etching, woodcut, engraving, drawing, and painting. His work is held in numerous prestigious public and private collections across the U.S., including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.


THE REMIX: Heather Bhandari, Courtney Colman, Steven Sergiovanni

THE REMIX is a curatorial collective founded by Heather Bhandari, Courtney Colman, and Steven Sergiovanni.