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ARTmonday: 9 Figures In States of Undress In the Snow

I started off aiming for beautiful but slightly edgy snowy landscape images. But when I came across a snowy nude, and then another, I thought, why not? My son wants to know why I’m putting up porn on my blog. I told him, “This is art.”

Here are nine snowy landscape images, or more specifically, nine artworks with figures (not just women, though mostly women) in various states of undress in snowy landscapes. Captions provided for your entertainment. Happy night before a snow day.

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Snow Angel  •  Rebecca Handler
Starting at $16.99 at Society6

She wandered out from her verandah in her peignoir, forgetting she was no longer in the Carolinas.

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Fractal Snow  Paul Coker
$150 at Saatchi Art

I thought these were bare-nekked Barbie dolls planted in the snow. Nope, seems to be a real live woman, silhouetted and pasted in the landscape ad infinitum.

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 Warm Winter  •  Ilona Shevchishina
$600 at Saatchi Art

It’s flaming hair Barbie. I thought “real women” didn’t really look like this. Photoshop? Starvation diet? And what’s with the picnic while the ground is still thawing?

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Lost in Thought  •  Luca De Santis
$400 at Saatchi Art

And here we get a guy. In black & white. Buttocks only.

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Growth   DiggieVitt
Starting at $28.08 at Society6

And what’s this tortured dude’s issue? He took a wrong turn on the way to Starbucks? Lamenting the lack of hair gel in heaven?

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Snow Day  Stray
Starting at $24.96 at Society6

First day of school photo. In Siberia. Please, someone cut that girl’s hair.

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Snow White    Takaki Hashimoto
$750 at Saatchi Art

Just trying out my new boots. They don’t seem to pinch.

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The Tutu Project

This is the guy who roamed the nation in a tutu to amuse his sick spouse. For real.

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Cheeky Aspen    Peter Rodger
$1,250 at Saatchi Art

Walk of shame. Given her tan lines, she hasn’t seen frost like this in a while.

 

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ARTmonday: 10 Watercolors of Venetian Interiors by Lee Essex Doyle

If you’ve been following my art posts for a while, you’ll have seen work by my very talented, very dear friend Lee Essex Doyle. Two years ago Boston’s Childs Gallery showcased “Dreams of Dawnridge,” watercolor paintings based on the glam Los Angeles home of artist and designer Tony Duquette. In 2009 I featured her “Postcards from India” series depicting impressions of Indian temples and palaces in Rajasthan, which she showed at Peter Marcelle Contemporary in New York. (I am lucky enough to own two from that series.)

Lee Essex Doyle’s newest show, “Illuminated Moments” opens at Childs Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston this Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 (previewed on Artsy). The works are inspired by Doyle’s recent travels to Venice and Havana. This latest series of watercolors reflect the vibrant light of the two cities. The palette is more pared down than in years past, but the compositions just as masterful and the lines and patterns as intriguing and pleasing as ever. The stairways, with its curlicue railings are invitations to explore and the lanterns and chandeliers are enchanting.

I can’t wait to see Lee and her beautiful paintings in person on Thursday, but until then we can gaze at these . . .

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Study for Palazzo Cini, Venice, 2014

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Prada II Yellow, Venice, 2014

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Prada II Giustina, Venice, 2014

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Cini Panes Grey, Venice, 2014

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Study for Palacio de la Condesa de Revilla De Camargo, Havana, 2014

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Door to Palazzo Polignac, Venice, 2014

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Study for Palazzo Priuli, Venice, 2014

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Study for Scoula Grande Stair, Venice, 2014

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Courtyard, Palazzo Grimani, Venice, 2014

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Study for View across Fondamenta Osmarin, Venice, 2014

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ARTmonday: Photographer Filippo Minelli

I’ve featured the work of Filippo Minelli in the past, having discovered his colored smoke images on Pinterest. This Saturday, January 10, 2015, marks the opening of his first solo exhibition in the U.S., at 886 Geary Gallery in San Francisco.

Minelli initiated his series of work titled Silence/Shapes in 2009 inspired by political demonstrations, with the aim of visualizing silence as a physical shape in the landscape by decontextualizing the violent media of smoke grenades and juxtaposing it to the beauty of nature.

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Filippo Minelli at work in the landscape.

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ARTmonday: 10 Misty Landscapes

Misty landscape photography seems to combine the dewy feel of the heat and the starkness of the wintertime, to me anyway. I love a desolate winter landscape photo. Since I’m in a Florida for a few days, I was also drawn to a few of these other images which are tinged with a Southern feel. Here are 10 examples of misty landscape photography, from fields, to woods, to mountains, to sea.

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Pedro Correa    Goodbye
original photograph, $2,200 at Saatchi Art

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David Vakrat    Mist #1
original photograph,
$290 at  Saatchi Art

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Ephemerality  •  Mist
prints from $17.68 at Society6

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Aprons & Birds  •  Mist 
prints from $16 at Society6

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Evan Mariah Pettit  •  Mist
prints from $13.52 at Society6

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Philip McAthey  •  Mist  •  Rise Art

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Luis Lazo    Mist
original photograph, $1,200 at  Saatchi Art

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Jessica Ramm  •  Cloud Dispersal
original photograph, $870 at Saatchi Art

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Tasha Marie    Frosty Mornings
prints from $16 at Society6

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Jessika Hunter  •  Mist
prints from $22.88 at Society6

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ARTmonday: Cathy Moynihan’s Ceramic Bird Sculptures

I’ve been thinking about Boston artist Cathy Moynihan’s ceramic bird sculptures ever since Marc Gurton at 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington just outside Boston, told me about her last May. (I was pulling together bird decor, and even though he doesn’t represent her, he kindly sent me a link to Moynihan’s “Aviary” collection.)

I promptly contacted Moynihan, and she invited me to a ceramics show at Harvard, but I was unable to attend. Fast forward seven months, five days before Christmas when I email her in a panic, pleading for one of her ceramic bird sculptures in turquoise to give to my mother-in-law. Luckily, I’m meeting Moynihan today to make the purchase.

Moynihan describes her ceramic bird sculptures as focusing on life — tender, whole, and new. The minimalist birds are soothing and serene, with graceful silhouettes, clean lines, composed posture, and pleasing proportions. Each takes Moynihan hours to make (even the smallest ones), since she hand builds each one using the coil method, then carefully examines each bird, scraping and shaving off the irregularities on the surface until the form is flawless.

Cathy Moynihan studied sculpture at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee and earned Art Education Certification from Massachusetts College of Art.

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Blue Bird

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Expecting

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White Nest with Turquoise Egg

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ARTmonday: Art Basel Miami 2014 Part II

Here’s my second batch of photos from Art Basel Miami 2014. (Here’s the link to Art Basel Miami 2014 Part I, in case you missed it last Monday.) I feel like a lot of the works were similar to last year’s Art Basel Miami 2013, though I didn’t see quite as many neon and textual pieces. I wonder if this year’s presentations were a little less edgy?

Nevertheless, I am always excited to see work by artists whose work I’m familiar with, like modern masters such as Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Kenneth Noland, and Josef Albers, or those just slightly less known, that I learned about in college art history class, like Louise Nevelson. Then there are the more contemporary artists that I learned about from exploring museums in New York, such as Nan Goldin and Damien Hirst, or more recently, Pinterest, such as Ed Ruscha.

Even if you don’t have the astronomical budget it would take to decorate your home with artwork from the top galleries that exhibit at Art Basel Miami, it is still incredible to attend. The central show at the Convention Center is really more like a museum exhibit. It’s interesting to see work by artists that form the foundation that inform today’s more contemporary artists, and our overall design aesthetic. It will help develop your eye for when you are shopping for more affordable artwork for your home.

Here are 35 pieces of modern and contemporary art from the Convention Center at Art Basel Miami 2014. If you happen to know any of the artwork I wasn’t able to identify, please share. (I actually wandered around on my own for an hour in hopes of carefully documenting everything I photographed, but I still missed a couple.) Thanks!

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Unidentified artist, but how great is that backdrop?

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Anne Truitt

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Bridget Riley

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Ghader Amer

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Gideon Rubin

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Louise Bourgeois

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Marina Abramovic

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Nan Goldin

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Alex Prager

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Robert Motherwell

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Simmons & Burke

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Terry Winters

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Ed Ruscha

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Liu Wei (detail)

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Adolph Gottlieb

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Alexander Calder

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Keith Haring

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Haegue Yang

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Ian Davenport

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Kenneth Noland

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Josef Albers

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Josef Albers

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Anne Truitt

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David Hockney

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Gary Hume

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Jean Dubuffet

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Louise Nevelson

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Glen Rubsamen (video)

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Angelika Krinzinger

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Roy Lichtenstein

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Martin Creed

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Michele Abeles

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Martin Creed

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Sheila Hicks

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Sheila Hicks (detail)

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Thomas Ruff

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 Time to design your holiday card >

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ARTmonday: 20 Fun Food Artworks

With all the food art I perused to put together last week’s 20 Autumnal Artworks in honor of Thanksgiving along with the post I did for Matouk, Appreciating Autumn Through Art, I noticed there were quite a few examples of humorous, fun food artworks. You may not want to eat anything after this weekend, but there’s no harm in looking. Some of it may even inspire you to try snapping fun food artworks yourself, at least on Instagram.

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John Chervinsky, Apples, Painting on Door, 2011
Archival inkjet print, $2,400, Pictura Gallery, Artsy

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Rachel Kumba, Pig Head/Tete de Cochon
Digital photo on paper, $1,000 at Saatchi Art

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Katie Baum, Gumball Machine  •  Prints starting at $24, 20×200

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Erin Niehenke, Stacked Peaches
Limited edition framed print starting at $29 at Minted

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Lynne Abrahamson, Too Good to Eat, Fabric on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)
$1,500 at Saatchi Art

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Natasha Gornik, Cherry, photographic inkjet print, edition of 7
$1,500 Saatchi Art

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Ricardo Martinez, no title , #1 of 6, C-type photo on paper
$500 at Saatchi Art

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Sebastian Juergens, Fruit Face@Schlaumeier
digital and color photography on aluminium
$300 at Saatchi Art

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Josh McCartney, Tonguesicle
Canvas prints starting at $125 at Saatchi Art

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 SO FAR SO GOOD/Rob Kalmbach, Food
Prints starting at $35 at Society6

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Amy Stevens, Confections (adorned) #14
Prints starting at $60 at 20×200

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Alexey & Julia, Egg    Prints starting at $18 at Society6

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Monika Forsberg, Perrier    •    Print, $50 at Furbish Studio

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Lulie Wallace, Apricot Appetite
Limited edition print, $50 at Furbish Studio

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John Bucklin, Raspberry Softy, oil on panel
$700 at Serena & Lily

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Ting-Ting Cheng, Still Life with Banana   •   $920 at Rise Art

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Joni Tyrrell, Pining for Pineapple
Limited edition framed print starting at $29 at Minted

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Monica Loos, The Humble Egg
Limited edition framed print starting at $29 at Minted

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Heidi Bassett Blair, Roxy   •   $265 at Artsy

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Art Print Of a Turkey

Kelly Pussegur      ‘I’m Going to Eat You”
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$300 at Saatchi Art

H A P P Y    T U R K E Y    D A Y 

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ARTmonday: 20 Autumnal Artworks

I feel like fall just started, but really we’re fast heading into winter, with a few frigid days already behind us. The leaves too, are almost gone. The spectacular array of golds, reds, and oranges continue to amaze, despite having spent every single one of my autumns in a four-season zone. Even driving the kids to and from school is made better by the autumnal artwork outside my windshield.

I remember, though when I took the fall foliage for granted. (Gasp.) Obviously I didn’t think much about the pretty color leaves growing up in Connecticut. Sure, I pressed brilliant red leaves between sheets of waxed paper, and probably made leaf turkeys, too, but beyond that, didn’t give fall foliage a thought. Until college.

At Connecticut College, one of my closest friends, Jessica Biales (I’ve previously blogged about her children’s artwork and stunning gold jewelry), went cuckoo over the changing leaves. She would exclaim and effuse about their beauty, leaving me as baffled as my kids probably are when I point out the amazing leaf colors along the Charles River. She wasn’t from a tropical clime.

Rather, Jessica is a New York City girl through and through, with a deep appreciation for the autumn foliage that wasn’t quite as vibrant out her bedroom window along the East River, or in Central Park. I get it now. I guess good things do come with age.

Today’s roundup features 20 autumnal artworks, from an acrylic of golden birches to a desert landscape photo to Central Park in fall, seen from Columbus Circle. There’s also a  homey kitchen, plus fall harvest still lifes, and an abstract or two in perfect fall hues. I also pulled together a similar collection for the blog on Matouk, which I’ll link to when it goes up. Enjoy not just these autumnal artworks, but the real art of autumn outside your windows.

Landscape Painting Of Golden Birch Tree Forest

Jerry Schwabe, “Birch Trees #3″
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, $3,500 at Serena & Lily

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Marisa Redondo, “Lhasa Feathers”
original giclee print, signed by the artist, framed, $175 at Serena & Lily

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“Plenitude,” Brazilian Abstract Painting
Limited edition print, $119.99 at Novica

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Talia Rainyk, “Princess,” 2014
Photography on paper, $150 at UGallery

Sunshine Owl Art Print By Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon, Owl No. 1,  print starting at $60, 20×200

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Bunhugger Design, “Leaves”
Framed print starting at $32 at Society6

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Christian Borger, “Acadia – Foliage”
Photo print starting at $20 at Society6

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Joseph O. Holmes,”Columbus Circle,” photograph
Starting at $24 at 20×200

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Greg Gandy, Still Life with Dead Roses, 2014, oil
$1,050 (sold) at Gallery 1261, Artsy

Photo of Turkey And Limb

 Matthew Lusk, “More Broken Glass Than There Was Window”
Installation, Ziehersmith Gallery

Interior Photo Of Kitchen With Floral Wallpaper

Todd Squires, “Open House,” 2014   •  $1,000 at Baang and Burne, Artsy
C-print mounted to aluminum with matte laminate, edition of 3

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Katherine Watson, “Block Printed Arches”
Limited edition print starting at $22 at Minted

Golden Deconstructed Landscape By Lesley Smith

Lesley Smith, “Into Hills”
Limited edition print starting at $20 at Minted

Black & White Buffalo Photography By Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll, “Staredown”
Limited edition print starting at $20 at Minted

Print Of Boy Diving Into Leaf Pile

Katrina Majkut, Autumn Fall, Screenprint Collage, 2013
Screen print, $120 at Artsy

Golden Apples On Straw Photo

 Gaetan Caron, “Emerald Beauty (Plums),” 2013
Framed archival print, $495 at Serena & Lily

Landscape Photo Of Hazy Autumn Woods

Olivia Joy St. Claire, “Dream State 2,” print
Starting at $19 at Society 6

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Jenny Prinn, “Sunset Haze 2″
acrylic on canvas, $500 at Serena & Lily

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Oh So Suite, “Tapestry 5”
Framed print starting at $42 at Minted

Thanksgiving Turkey Lego Sculpture Photo At Society6

Powerpig, “Thanksgiving,” print starting at $18 at Society 6

 

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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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