Eight Women Artists Who Posed for Jason Schmidt

Mickalene Thomas

When photographer Jason Schmidt shoots an artist, he likes to think of it as a collaboration. “I do often speak with an artist in advance and discuss a possible concept or conceit, and I’m always impressed by the number of subjects who actively want to get out of their comfort zones and participate in the creative process,” says Schmidt whose second volume of portraits, Artists II, was just published by Steidl.


Justine Kurland

“I remember yelling at my son once in total frustration, ‘Jeff Wall doesn’t have to make peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches in the middle of his shoots.” And him replying at 4, ‘Oh yeah, what else does Jeff Wall not have to do?’”

Photo by Jason Schmidt.


Klara Liden

“I should have been wearing a mask.”

Photo by Jason Schmidt.



“Knowledge is for cutting. Voila!” Photo by Jason Schmidt.


Mary Heilmann

“Here I am, chilling on the couch in my living room in Bridgehampton. Behind me are some of my favorite artists: Taro Suzuki, Candace Hill, Shannondoah Buckley, and, of course, me.” Photo by Jason Schmidt.


Isa Genzken


Photo by Jason Schmidt.


Karen Kilimnik

“I am standing in my newly remodeled laundry room. The crystal chandelier and the mermaid chair were last year’s Christmas gifts from Lisa Spellman and 303 Gallery.”

Photo by Jason Schmidt.


Mickalene Thomas

“I am playing with the complex relationship between the artist and the muse, exposing the neurosis of the artist’s ego.”

Photo by Jason Schmidt.


Paola Pivi

“I did this bear because I live in bear country, Alaska. This is 100 percent fake.”

Photo by Jason Schmidt.