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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.

Antoine-Puisais

Antoine Puisais

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Brice Marden

David-Band-Rose-Drawing-#04

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

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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

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Jasper Johns  •  Matthew Marks Gallery

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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

Painting of Quartz On Birch Plywood Artwork

“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

Mixed Media Affordable Artwork  Uprise Art

“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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Pop Pop Photography  •  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

White-Room-Brigitte-Yoshiko-Pruchnow

Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow

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Cassie Taggart

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Kim Ohrling

bed-Painting-Heavenly-Bed

Bonbon Moby

sunny-day-bed

Ieva Baklane

cassie-taggart-butterfly-man

Cassie Taggart

shaun-lowe-the-pink-bed

Shaun Lowe

winky-lewis-untitled-bed

Winky Lewis

dan-weskler-bed-flower

Dan Wesker

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ARTmonday: Pools in Art

When we’re in Florida, I get to stare out at a pool when I work all day, until my son finally gets me to abandon my computer and venture in. (Mainly so I can throw the football with him. Yes, I can throw and catch a football.) At 92 degrees, it was bath-like and blissful. It’s funny, because until recently, my kids had only been swimming in outdoor pools a couple of times. Now, it’s such a huge treat having one right outside our door a few weeks a year. The condo complex has a bit of a retro feel too. Not exactly Miami Deco, or David Hockney mid-century modern, but  Here are 20 artworks with pools, starting with the classic Hockney.

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David Hockney

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Daniel Heidkamp

pool-laurie-rollitt

Laurie Rollitt

pool-Cali-sales

Cali Sales
pool-jiro-bevis

Jiro Bevis

pool-yoko-honda

Yoko Honda

pool-markers-joreyhurley-etsy

Jorey Hurley

pool-paul-davies

Paul Davies

pool-marta-sławińska-imac-mag

Marta Sławińska

pool-lizzy-stewart

Lizzy Stewart

pool-ltillmanart-etsy

L. Tillman

pool-Marine-Marbleindex-society-6

Marine Marbleindex

pool-swimming-mimi-society-6

Mimi

pool-theodore-parks-society-6

Theodore Parks

pool-by-lulu-dk

Lulu DK

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Lucy Snow

tom-mckinley-sixteenth-floor

Tom McKinley

pool-gatsbys-rankin-wilard

Rankin Willard

pool-inflatable-juan-de-la-rica

Juan de la Rica

Pool-and-two-yellow-chairs-ieva0baklane

Ieva Baklane

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ARTmonday: Women in the Kitchen

Recently a friend posted a story from the Onion about moms spending “a much-needed vacation performing all her usual household chores while in closer proximity to the ocean.” Always nicer to wipe down counters with a view of the ocean, after all. 

The satire seemed a fitting segue to these quirky photographs and paintings of women in kitchens. Many of these images evoke sexy ’50s housewives, Barbie, and Stepford wives, though some are downright spooky.

Here are 12 artworks portraying women in the kitchen.

Photo By Holly Andres Of Women in Kitchen

Holly Andres, “The Fall,” 2011, Artsy

Photo By Tyler Shields Of Mischa Barton On Kitchen Floor

Tyler Shields, “Mischa Barton Kitch,” 2013, Artsy

Miles Aldridge Photo Of Woman Under The Sink

Miles Aldridge, “I Only Want You To Love Me #4,” 2011, Artsy

Satomi Shirai Photo Of Woman In Kitchen

Satomi Shirai, “Another Cindy,” 2006, Artsy

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Tyler Shields, “Girl in the Oven”

Painting by Audrey Anastasi Of Woman On Kitchen Counter

Audrey Anastasi, “Kitchen Muse,” 2009, Artsy

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Larissa Sansour, “Food,” 2012, Artsy

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Erwin Olaf, “The Kitchen,” 2005, Artsy

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Andrea Kowch, “The Visitors,” Artsy

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Cindy Sherman, “Untitled Film Still #84,” 1978, Artsy

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Marina Abramovic, “The Kitchen V, Homage To Saint Therese,” 2009, Artsy

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Satomi Shirai, “Cleaning,” 2008, Micheko Gallerie

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Paolo Ventura, “War Souvenir #31,” 2005, Artsy

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 Lee Materazzi, “Cleaning Supplies,” 2008, Artsy

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ARTmonday: Ellen Levine Dodd

Earlier this summer I caught up with San Francisco Bay Area-based artis Ellen Levine Dodd, whose work I discovered at Serena & Lily. Last year, after I had featured some of Dodd’s colorful paintings, she emailed me to say she was headed to Provincetown. I wasn’t in town then, but she came back this year, and we met (in real life) at Chequessett Chocolate, a new funky coffee and chocolate cafe in Truro.

We chatted about art and the web, the growing opportunities for artists to sell work online (Serena & Lily’s gallery model has been fabulous for her), and life in general. She showed me images of her newest works on her iPad, and a delicious smoothie later, we parted,promising to catch up again next year. Of course, if I’m ever in the Bay area I’ll be sure to drop by her studio too.

Dodd’s a local Massachusetts gal. She grew up in Newton, went to Clark University on an art scholarship, studied painting at the Worcester Museum School, and photography at the Worcester Craft Center. Following a year abroad, she studied photography and printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art.

Dodd has a rich work history in the arts. She worked as a studio assistant in the paper mill at Sonoma State University, creating paper pulp for many artists including Sam Francis, has curated exhibitions, and consulted on business matters with artists.Currently she works full time as an artist, photographer, and digital fine art printer .

I’m drawn to the bold colors, textures, and shapes in Dodd’s layered pieces, on which she paints, scratches, sands, carves, and draws. Here are abstract and landscape multi media paintings by Ellen Levine Dodd.

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Dodd’s iPad with images of her new work.

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Postcard and plant at Chequessett Chocolate.

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A Loaf Of Bread A Jug Of Wine
Acrylic and mixed media on wood panel, in handmade basswood frame
12.75″ x 12.75”  •   $750

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Island In The Sky 2
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
12.75″ x 12.75”  •   $750 

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Keep Your Chin Up
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
12.75″ x 12.75”  •  $750

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Music In The Garden
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, framed by the artist
16.75″ x 16.75”  •  $995

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Pebbles In A Pond
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, framed by the artist
2.75″ x 12.75″  •   $750

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Striations I
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
8.75″ x 8.75”  •  $495

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Wanderings 3
Oil, oil sticks, mixed media on wood panel, framed by the artist
12.75″ x 12.75”  •  $750

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Which Way Is Up
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
16.75″ x 16.75”  •  $975

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Marina
Acrylic, mixed media on board
16.75″ x 16.75”  •  $975

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Headlands 1
Acrylic, mixed media on cradled wood panel
6″ x 6”  •  $275

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Breaking Ground
Casein, and mixed media on cradled wood panel   
29.5″ x 22.5″  •  $1,900

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Carmel Beach Sand
Casein, acrylic, beach sand, mixed media on cradled wood panel, framed by the artist
11″ x 7″  •  $385

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Postcard and cactus.

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More new work on Ellen Levine Dodd’s iPad.

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ARTmonday: My Instagram Pics

With all my Instagramming of late, there have been a few photos I’ve been thinking about getting printed. Experience tells me, though, that the prints won’t look great; they’ll either be too blurry, or too glossy, or just not a good enough image. I could go through a high end printing place, but I have another idea—canvas prints.

Recently Canvas Republic got in touch about its service of transferring one’s own photos to canvas. (They also sell ready made canvas print artwork, including abstracts, florals, and pop art prints. It got me thinking that maybe I should try it. I rifled through Instagram images I’ve saved over the past year.

Do you think any are worthy of transferring to canvas (or to a high end print)?

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Amelia’s Lights

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Peony Explosion

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Pink Lady

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Out On the Esplanade

socks aglow

Dance Glow

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Copper Colander

pretaporter

Pret a Manger

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Rose Tangled in Beach Grass

salmon-cup

Salmon Bites

yellow-legs

Seersucker And Such

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Rash

salon-mario-russo

Lunch at Louis’

marimekko

Socks Rolled Down

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ARTmonday: Natsumi Hayashi Levitation Photos

When I have time, I like to get lost inside art websites. During one such journey, I started collecting images of women floating. Last night, I was poking around for more photos to add to the collection of floating female figures, when I came across an entire such series on Artsy, by Japanese-based photographer, Natsumi Hayashi.

Natsumi Hayashi, who lives in Tokyo with two cats (that’s pretty much all she listed in her bio), documents levitating self-portraits on her website  Yowayowa Camera (“yowayowa” means “weak” or “feeble” in Japanese). She also gives a bit of explanation of how she achieves this feat, though it was too technical for me to really get it. (I’m so not mechanically inclined, which puts a damper on my own photography skills.)

These levitating self-portraits are a lot of fun. I love her cute outfits and varied settings, from urban transportation centers to verdant fields. She seemed to do them practically daily back in 2011, not sure what she’s up to now. . .

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-14-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-29-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-19-2011

 Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-21-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-23-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-22-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 01-11-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-27-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-03-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-15-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-20-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-31-2011

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ARTmonday: Holly Andres’ Photographs of Young Girls

Portland, Oregon-based photographer Holly Andres was born in Missoula, Montana in 1977. She earned her BFA in painting at the University of Montana and her MFA from Portland State University.

Andres had her first solo exhibition Sparrow Lane in Portland, Oregon in 2008, which continued on to shows in San Francisco, New York and Istanbul. The Sparrow Lane images depict four young women and explore the female transition into adolescence and the loss of innocence, with allusions to Nancy Drew, Alice in Wonderland, 1970s horror films and Alfred Hitchcock.

Stories From a Short Street is a suite of eight photographs inspired by Andres’ experience growing up in rural Montana, the youngest of ten children. She posed groups of kids based on her own siblings to enact a specific moment in her memory. 

Holly Andres is represented by Robert Mann Gallery in New York City, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon, Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, and Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco.

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The Golden Pillow, Holly Andres

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Amber, Holly Andres
Stories From a Short Street 

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 Outside the Forbidden Bedroom, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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Fiona II, Holly Andres
Stories From a Short Street 

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The Caterpillar, Holly Andres

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 The Lost Mitten, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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Picture Perfect, Holly Andres
Portrait for Portland Monthly

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Carli Davidson, Holly Andres

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The Magic Elixir, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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The Missing Bird, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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The Red Purse, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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The Heart-Shaped Locket, Holly Andres
Sparrow Lane

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