What Is This? An Art Studio for Ants?

Exterior view of Photo: All images courtesy of the artist and the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York.

Joe Fig's tiny, meticulously crafted miniature replicas of famous artists' studios, up at Southampton's Parrish Art Museum through August 5, are every art nerd's — and dollhouse enthusiast's — happiest dream. Fig's 3-D format and obsessive attention to detail make for an effect that's equal parts voyeuristic and reverent, and the project doubles as a sly, paradoxical (Fig turns the "camera" in on himself, depicting his own workspace as well) way to play art-world paparazzo. We'd love to see what would happen if the tabloid rags took a similar approach. —Rachel Wolff