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ARTmonday: Sneak Peek into the SMFA Art Sale 2014

The SMFA Art Sale 2014 starts this Thursday. It’s also known as the Museum School Art Sale—the art sale that takes place every year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), the renown art school adjacent to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston that has been influential part of the Boston art scene since it’s founding in 1876.

There are thousands of pieces of art for sale, hung throughout the galleries on the first floor, and shrink wrapped in bins in the central space. (It’s always fun to flip through and discover amazing finds, whether it’s and inexpensive piece by a student (I once scored tiny abstracts for $12; I often find photos I love for around $100) or additional work by artists whose work is hung in the galleries. Once a piece is sold, it comes off the wall and is immediately replaced by another piece, so the display is in constant rotation.

The Museum School Art Sale offers art in every price range and medium, including oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, photography, textile art, sculpture, video art (I would love to buy a piece; I still think about one we passed up), ceramics, and jewelry. Pieces are done by SMFA students, alumni, faculty, and affiliated artists. Famous SFMA alums include Cy Twombly, William Barnett, Jim Dine, Ellsworth Kelly, Nan Goldin, and Doug and Mike Starn, many of which have pieces at the sale (and most of which are way out of my price range, obviously).

Each piece at the Museum School Art Sale is priced by the artists, with a fifty/fifty split between the artists and the School. Artwork sold to benefits student scholarships at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The SMFA Art Sale 2014 takes place this Thursday to Sunday, November 20, 2014 to November 23, 2014. The hours are 10am-8pm the first three days and Sunday until five.

Here’s a sneak peek of  20 pieces for sale at this year’s Museum School Art Sale. At the end I included links to the posts I did about past years’ Museum School Art Sales. Also, if you’re interested, these are pieces that I’ve purchased at the SMFA Art Sales over the last few years.

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Matthew Gamber

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Adrienne Shishko

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June August

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John Guy Petruzzi

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Chad Joiner

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Dawn Southworth

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Asia Kepka

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Doug Starn + Mike Starn

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Garrett Munski

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Carol Daynard

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Brian Burkhardt

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Tess Atkinson

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Beth Welsh

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Warren Mather

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Lee Essex Doyle

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Marsha Perreault

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Warren Mather

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John Guy Petruzzi

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Dawn Southworth

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SMFA Art Sale 2014

Here are my posts from past year’s sales:
Artwork from SMFA Art Sale 2013
Artwork from SMFA Art Sale 2012
Artwork from SMFA Art Sale 2011
Artwork from SMFA Art Sale 2009

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ARTmonday: Boston International Fine Art Show

The Boston International Fine Art Show is this week, Thursday, November 13, 2014 to Sunday, November 16, 2014 at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts in Boston’s South End. Approaching 50 exhibitors, including many local greater Boston area and New England galleries, the BIFAS showcases historic, modern, and contemporary artworks.

Among the galleries exhibiting artwork at BIFAS are the South End’s Adelson Galleries, Newbury Street’s Newbury Fine Art and Vose Galleries,  Beacon Hill’s Sloane Merrill Gallery, Gloucester’s Trident Gallery, and Portsmouth’s The Banks Gallery. It’s a manageable show, in a venue that gets sunlight, with enough good work that makes it worth stopping by. (I have that on good authority from a friend/serious collector.)

The Gala Preview is this Thursday, benefiting Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mountain Unit. There’s a New Collectors Salon on Friday evening, and Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur will speak on Saturday afternoon. 

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M.M. Ciciovan, Hitchcock’s Universe, 2012, oil on panel

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Jessica Brown, Still Life with Silver Jug, Quails Eggs and Salt
Quantum Contemporary Art 

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David Brega, Nature Boy, oil on masonite, Palm Avenue Fine Art

Oil Paintings at Boston International Fine Art Fair

Meghan Howland, Megaflora, oil on canvas, Bowerstock Gallery

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John Leslie Breck, Martha Richardson Fine Art

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William Bradford, The ‘Mary Jane’ of Eastport, Maine,  William Vareika Fine Arts

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Jacob A. Pfeiffer, A Bird In Hand, oil on panel

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Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts
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ARTmonday: IFPDA Print Fair

The IFPDA Print Fair, an art fair for prints, dating from the old masters to contemporary works, takes place at the  Park Avenue Armory in New York City this Wednesday, November 5, 2014, though Sunday, November 9, 2014. It’s a well-respected fair, with top collector pieces, but also includes more accessibly priced works. Here’s a preview of ten prints from the IFPDA Print Fair from Artsy.

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Mickalene Thomas  •  Interior: Zebra with Two Chairs and Funky Fur, 2014
Relief, intaglio, digital, collage, enamel paint, colored pencil, gold leaf  •  Edition of 25
Tandem Press, Madison

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Peter Saville  •  Joy 1, 1998 -2008
Ink jet print on hahnemühle paper  •  Edition of 10 + 2AP
Paul Stolper Gallery, London

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Robert Mangold    Frame with Separation, 2014
Color woodcut  •  Edition of 35
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York

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E.V. Day    Pillow Talk (Pink), 2013
Chromogenic archival print  •  Edition of 5
Carolina Kitsch Contemporary Art, New York

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Rochelle Feinstein  •  Research Park Project: Mm, 2014
Handpainting and screen print on canvas
Graphicstudio USF, Tampa

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Ed Ruscha  •  The Fan and its Surroundings, 1982
Lithograph  •  Edition of 55
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London & New York

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Marco Maggi  •  Fanfold, 2014
Multiple of 12 etchings  •  Edition 12
Polígrafa Obra Gráfica, Barcelona

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Takashi Murakami •  An Homage to IBK 1957 D, 2012
Lithograph
Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc, New York

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ARTmonday: Still Life Photographs by Anna Williams

This morning when I was looking for art to share with you, I came across a photo I had put assigned labeled Anna Williams “Seeking.” When I Googled Anna Williams, this Brooklyn-based photographer’s work came up. Not the Anna Williams from UGallery I had been searching for, but another photographer named Anna Williams.

This Anna Williams shoots lush still lifes, often of sensuous food, as well as quiet, rich interiors. She’s assisted Stephen Lewis, Bill Abranowicz and Gentl + Hyers, and has shot campaigns for Michael Kors and Williams Sonoma, as well as editorial for Martha Stewart, Real Living, and Food & Wine.

Her work is beautiful, so, proving detours can be very good, I thought I’d share. Here are 10 works by photographer Anna Williams.

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Photographer Anna Williams Kitchen Interior

Photographer Anna Williams Still LIfe Fish Bones

Photographer Anna Williams Still LIfe Blood Oranges And Muslin

Photographer Anna Williams Still Life Measuring Cups & Pitchers

Photographer Anna Williams Still Life On Mantle

Photographer Anna Williams Still Life Nectarines & Plums

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ARTmonday: Fort Point Open Studios

Fort Point Open Studios in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood is this coming weekend, Saturday & Sunday October 18th & 19th. It is the 35th anniversary of Fort Point Open Studios and more than 150 artists open their studio doors to visitors, thanks to the hard work of artist and organizer Gabrielle Schaffner.

You can spend the day exploring the historic waterfront warehouses (there are artists’ studios in 14 buildings, all within walking distance, though there will be a free shuttle too) that are home to painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, performance artists, printmakers, book artists, photographers, and others for a behind the scenes look at where Boston artists create their work. There are both established artists and emerging talents.

My friend and longtime Fort Point artist, photographer Stephen Sheffield whose studio I blogged about this spring, will be there, as well as graphic designer Jennifer Hill who I know from Design Salon (and Facebook), and furniture maker Quentin Kelly, whose color-edged stool I included in the Boston Globe recently. Also, textile artist Amy Nguyen who creates Japanese designs; I met her last year at the Apple Store Genius Bar. I was also very psyched to discover, just today, photographer Alicia Savage whose “Morning Light” series I plan to do a follow up post on, and the chunky scarves and mittens by A Third Piece.

Fort Point Open Studios is free, and there is free parking too in the lot at A Street and Binford Streets. (Turn onto Binford Street from A Street towards the Channel, then turn left into the parking.) Head down there next weekend, and look for me.


Boston Fine Arts Photographer Stephen Sheffield Ladder In Water

Stephen Sheffield

Boston Artist Trigger Photographer Bunny Ears Portrait

Trigger Photography

Boston Photographer Dirk Ahlgrim City Streets

Dirk Ahlgrim

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Lea St. Germain |  Blinky Dolls Boutique

Boston Photographer Alicia Savage Morning Light Series

Alicia Savage

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Brian Bishopfort-point-jessica-burko

Jessica Burko

Boston Artist Wendy Shapiro Textured Panels

Wendy Shapiro

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Jason Fiering

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Infusion Furniture

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JHill Studio

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Hilary Law Design

Boston Textile Designer Amy Nguyen Japanese Shibori

Amy Nguyen

Boston Fashion Designer Philip Sawyer Navy Dress

Philip Sawyer

Boston Accessories Designer The Third Piece Chunky Scarf

The Third Piece

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Julia Groos

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ARTmonday: 18 Artworks From a Friend’s Collection

A friend of mine told me the other day that they sold their place around the corner and are moving to the suburbs. They feel like they’re ready to take on a house (she’s an interior designer after all) and that their two boys will really appreciate being able to run outside and play. Besides, their school is out there too.

So no more impromptu walks around the river or pizza in her front yard on Halloween (a big Back Bay event). No more calling over to see if my kids can shoot baskets in her courtyard. I hope the new owners keep up her gardens. The little front yards and window boxes are always well-planted.

Of course the interior is gorgeous. Comfortable, but very elegant and sophisticated, just what you’d expect of a Back Bay home of a designer with kids. My favorite part though, is her art collection. A mix of figurative and abstract, contemporary and more traditional, pieces by friends, local artists, and beyond. She has a great eye.

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Tess Atkinson

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Erin Bisceglia

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Sally Benedict King

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Jose Goncalves

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Lee Essex Doyle

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(unsure of artist)

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Barrel

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Cynthia Packard

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Suzanne Hodes

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Jose Goncalves

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Alexandre Istrati

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Simone Lucas

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Gregg Renfrow

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Chuck Close

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Roberta Nigro Hall

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Bobbie Burgers

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ARTmonday: 24 Black & White Abstract Artworks

That just a few strokes of black paint on a white canvas can have such impact, provokes a sense of wonder.  It could be bold colorblocking, some simple swirls, or seemingly carefree scratches. Well executed black & white abstract artworks use so little (but really so much), to present themselves as elegant and evocative.

I always admire black & white abstract artworks when I see them, most often in highly designed spaces in interior design magazines. A bit over two years ago I posted “Montage: 64 Rooms with Black and White Art,” showing room after room featuring black & white abstract artworks.

As I mentioned then, I find myself hesitating when confronted with purchasing such simple work, but really the payback is huge. You might think you could make that yourself, but you didn’t, and really, you couldn’t. Sure, you might be able to copy the piece, if you know which mediums to use and how to manipulate the materials, but as with fashion, it’s the most simple designs that are the most genius.

Here are 24 black & white abstract artworks, from masters that include Jean Arp, Josef Albers, and Jasper Johns, as well as less (or little) known contemporary artists.

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Antoine Puisais

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Brice Marden

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David Band

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Alan Johnston  •  Bartha Contemporary

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Jaume Pinya

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Jean Arp

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Josef Albers

Mark-Handforth-Strange-Ring

Mark Handforth

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Matthew Feyld

richard-serra

Richard Serra

Victor-Pasmore

Victor Pasmore  •  Laing Art Gallery

Bernar-Venet

Bernar Venet

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Alexander Calder

Guy-Vandenbranden

Guy Vandenbranden

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Jason Karolak

Jasper-Johns-Untitled-1978

Jasper Johns  •  Matthew Marks Gallery

Jim-Lee-Untitled-(Freudian-Slip)

Jim Lee  •  Edward Thorp Gallery

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Lisa Hochstein

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Mark Rothko

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Markus Amm  •  David Kordansky Gallery

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Richard Diebenkorn

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Teresita Fernandez  •  Lehmann Maupin Gallery

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 Vivienne Griffin  •  Bureau Gallery

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Maria Dukers

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ARTmonday: 20 Original Affordable Artworks Under $500

I have a tendency to buy smaller works of art, because they are more affordable artwork and they’re easier to take in, and now, because we are running out of wall space. I’d love to get an oversize piece of statement art, particularly a photograph, or maybe an abstract, but it’s hard to devote thousands of dollars on a single luxury purchase (for me, anyway).

That said, money is no reason to live with bare walls or posters left over from college. There is so much affordable original artwork available online. You can buy small pieces whenever you find a bit of extra cash, or happen upon one you like, and over time, build up an impressive and eclectic gallery wall of art.

Here are 20 original affordable artworks available to buy at Saatchi Art, Etsy, UGallery, and Serena & Lily. They’re paintings, watercolors, and mixed media works; none are prints. It’s nice to be able to live with art on which you can see the artist’s hands; the texture, color varieties, and depth. Not that there is anything wrong with prints, mix those in too (there’s a shopping strip at the bottom of the post for prints under $150).

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“Perspective Drawing,” Clement Tsang  •  $300 at Saatchi Art

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“Relaxed Nude From Behind,” Rip Matteson  •  $395 at Serena & Lily

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“The Blue Parasol,” Steve Mitchell  •  $251.30 at Etsy

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“Breath In,” Alina Cristina Martin  •  $180 at Saatchi Art

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“White on White 3,” Justin Simcik  •  $300 at UGallery

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“When your face doesn’t fit,” Fabienne Jenny Jacquet  •  $500 at Saatchi Art

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“DD 4.4.2013,” Astrid Oudheusden  • $225 at Saatchi Art

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“Quartz,” Ferm Living  •  $148 at Burke Decor

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“Untitled,”  Jim Harris  •  $350 at Saatchi Art

Woman Painting Pops Of Color Affordable Artwork

“The Sun Is Shining,” Robin Hiers  •  $250 at Saatchi Art

Interiors In Art Bench And Light Affordable Artwork

“My Personal Space 3,” Lucie Jirku  •  $270 at Saatchi Art

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Little 007,” Jenny Prinn  •  $100

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“Deep Green -The identity and relation of 12 complexion,” Tomomi Maruyama
$300 at Saatchi Art

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“3475,” Hang Nguyen  •  $300 at UGallery

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Thevysherbarium  •  $60 at Etsy

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“Untitled 0022,” Katia Borges  •  $200 at Saatchi Art

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“Urine Hell,” Chad Kouri   •  $500 (framed) at Uprise Art

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“At Sea,” Julia Rymer  •  $225 at Serena & Lily

Abstract Affordable Artwork Oil Painting Serena & Lily

“Stained Glass Window #11,” Marc Ellen Hamel  •  $250 at Serena & Lily

Mixed Media Abstract Affordable Artwork Serena & Lily

“Mid Century Ink & Tape Hard Edge Study,” Dellar Cassity
$385 at Serena & Lily

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ARTmonday: Last Days of Summer

A collection of images that evoke summer—beaches, road trips, watermelon, cocktails on the patio, swimming pools, and sunsets. Enjoy the last day of summer everyone.

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Charlie Engman  •  Uprise Art

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Euguene Richards  •  Artsy

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Hwan Lee  •  Saatchi Art

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Leah Giberson • Little Paper Planes

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J. Adam Mcgalliard  •  Saatchi Art

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Michael Northrup  •  Uprise Art

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Mario Sughi  •  Saatchi Art

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Bruce Weber  •  Paddle 8

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Joyce Lee  •  At 60 Inches

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Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe  •  Artspace

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Carolyn Monastra  •  Artsy

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Life Through The Lens  •  Society 6 

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Franck Bohbot  •  Uprise Art

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Kirsten Sims

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PopPopPhotography  •  Society 6

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Paper Whistle  •  Society 6

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Michelle Fleck

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Raymond  Meier  •   Vogue

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ARTmonday: 12 Empty Beds

I’ve spent the last five days resting, mostly. In my bed, in the guest room bed, on the sofa bed outside my bedroom. I think I’m finally feeling better. (I caught a cold from my son, who brought it home from camp.) I thought images of beds would be fitting for my circumstances. Hoping to move my body to the beach tomorrow, in an effort to enjoy the last few days of summer. Here are 12 paintings and photographs of empty beds.

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Robert Knight

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Dan Linden

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Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow

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Cassie Taggart

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Kim Ohrling

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Bonbon Moby

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Ieva Baklane

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Cassie Taggart

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Shaun Lowe

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Winky Lewis

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Dan Wesker

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