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ARTmonday: 12 Orphaned Artworks from OODE

Two years ago I did an interview with Marleen Kurvers, stylist and proprietor of Dutch Design Year, a design shop in Amsterdam.  Her most recent venture is GALERIE OODE, also in Amsterdam. Kurvers offers a curated selection of orphaned artworksartwork that was left in storage because the museums that owned it closed. Kurvers says, “We want to bring them back to the public so people can adopt them!”

This OODE  is exhibiting the work of Jan de Mug, a Dutch graphic designer and painter from Den Bosch. His work from the Foundation of Disinherited Goods/ Onterfd Goed are abstract, minimalistic paintings and drawings. I know a lot of people who are visiting Amsterdam this summer, so make a point to stop by Galerie Oode to see the orphaned artworks and say hi to Kurvers.

I’ve included one here along with other pieces of orphaned artworks from OODE.


Nel van Dijkhuizen, 1982
Painting/collage on paper


A. De Jonge. 1982
Lithograph 6/16


J. van Maarschalkerwaard
Painting on canvas in wooden frame


Wil Klaassen
Silkscreen in aluminium frame


Jan de Mug, 1979
Painting on canvas in wooden frame


A. De Jonge, 1979
Signed lithograph 6/18


Peter Kampehl


D. Putman
Aquarel on paper


Ori ben Zeev, no title. 1984
Painting on paper


Joop Stolk, 1989
Painting in wooden frame


Ton Kraayeveld, 1988
Oil and acrylic paint on canvas in wooden frame


Jelis van Dolderen, 1982

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ARTMonday: 27 Rainbow Artworks

In honor of the United States Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, here are 27 artworks featuring rainbows, because #lovewins.


Charlotte Chisnall    RainbowSociety6


Zee Tucker    Taste the Rainbow  •  Society6


Landon Nordeman    Nice Pants  •  20×200


Jan Sowarby    No.S124 Floating Rainbows    Serena & Lily


Adine Stix    Harbor    Serena & Lily


Cissy Chen    Rainbow Dip  •  Saatchi Art


2sweet4words Designs    rainBOW    Society6


Bridge Fahy    Jibboom  •  Saatchi Art


Carrie Marill    Bird Power  • 20×200


Mel Bedggood     Rainbow Baby  •  Saatchi Art


Timothy Blewitt    Memories Lie Over the Sea  •  Saatchi Art


Ivana Vajman Jackson     Over the Rainbow  •  Saatchi Art


Julie Hansen    With the Waves    Serena & Lily


Jessica Snow    Color Stack Series #5  •  20×200


Lisa Congdon    Lovebirds •  20×200


Serhii Bilyk    I-Horizon (Landscape with road, sun and rainbow)  •  Saatchi Art


Thea Altmann    Home Is Where My Heart Is  •  Saatchi Art


Katherine Blackburn    Rainbow Girls in Brooklyn  •  Saatchi Art


Kristofir Dean    Silvery Sky  •  Saatchi Art


Stacey Meacham    Salt Water Taffy    Minted


Matthew Shelley     Rolodex 2    Uprise Art


Budi Kwan    Uphill Battle  Society6


Kristi Hoodjer    Rainbow    Saatchi Art


Mariana Ionita    Crossing the Other Sea    Saatchi Art


Mia-Nelle Droschler    Rainbow    Saatchi Art


Damian Hoar De Galvan


Corali    RainbowSociety6

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ARTmonday: 10 Variations On White

This past week I’ve been working intensely on an urban development / real estate piece for the Boston Globe, interviewing a number of Boston’s top real estate developers and architects. The other day I had the pleasure of talking with Sam Norod, a principal at Elkus Manfredi. Wrapping up business chatter, we connected on other things, including art. Norod’s daughter, Hilary Tait Norod, is an artist in her late 20s who recently moved back to the East Coast. Of course I clicked over to her website to have a look.

I was drawn to her white abstract paintings. The White Series began as a challenge—with the exception of the black outlines, all the colors on the canvas have been mixed with different ratios of white paint. The shapes in the compositions develop from through layering the paint and other materials on the canvas.

Norod explains her series of white abstract paintings with this statement: White is the color produced by the reflection, transmission or emission of all wavelengths of visible light without absorption. When light reflects off of a white surface the full spectrum of color is displayed, even when we may not see it. However, in the production of white paint there is no use of color.

Here is a roundup of mostly abstract artworks, all in variations of white, and all by artists represented by Boston art galleries.


Hilary Taite Norod, The Black Swoosh
Galatea Fine Art


Bill Fisher, Red Dots
Arden Gallery


Julia Weiman, Reverse II
Bromfield Gallery


Wilfredo Chiesa, White 1 (La Serenissima)
Alpha Gallery


Janice Redman, Immobility Series (Spoon)
Clark Gallery


Christina Pitsch, Flora of Fauna
Kingston Gallery


Suzanne Ulrich, No. 1459
Barbara Krakow Gallery


Danette English, Vase Series #19
Andrea Marquit Gallery


Magda Biernat, Adrift #22
Robert Klein Gallery


Bernard Haussmann,#2249 untitled (Darwin’s Coral)
Chase Young Gallery

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ARTmonday: Adorable Plant Watercolors by Lindsay Gardner

Since we’re all crazy for cacti these days, I’ll share artist Lindsay Gardner‘s plant artwork. I stumbled across them a couple of months ago and thought they were so cute that I purchased one. I had her send it directly to Florida (I  like to have a little present awaiting each time I arrive). It’s just as lovely in person; more so, since you can see the varying colorations of the watercolors. It’s taped up to the wall in its plastic sheath at the moment, but I hope to bring it to the framer today.

Lindsay Gardner works primarily in watercolor because, she says, “It requires a delicate balance of control and spontaneity, often producing unexpected colors and forms what are both precise and imperfect.”  Her work is inspired by colors and shapes she finds in nature (and actual nature in this case)  and architecture, geometric patterns, woven and knitted textiles, eating and cooking, seasons and how they impact our customs and traditions, and family history.

Gardner grew up in West Michigan, attended Middlebury College where she studied art and literature, and now lives in Oakland, California. These are a few of her plant watercolors that depict cacti and succulents in colorful planters and those on-trend geo terrariums.

Cactus Planters

Succulent No. 2

Clay Planters

Rare Specimen

Terrarium No. 2

The Collector’s Table

Lindsay Gardner Succulents In StyleCarrot's Condo

Three Plants taped to my wall. 

Lindsay Gardner

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ARTmonday: 12 Society Photos by Jessica Craig-Martin

“One is never so naked as when dressed for a party.” —Jessica Craig-Martin

Photographer Jessica Craig-Martin is best known for her hyper-realistic depcitions of the lifestyles of the rich and famous for being rich. Society photography raised to an at times grotesque art form. At other times the images channel Slim Aarons, but in true Jessica Craig-Martin style they only showcase the subjects’ lower halves, with the focus on jewelry, shoes, handbags, and such.

Jessica Craig-Martin was born in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1963. and attended New York University, The New School/ Parsons, and the International Center of Photography. She has shot for VogueVanity Fair, W, and her work is part of the collections at the Guggenheim Museum, New York and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Jessica Craig-Martin lives in New York City. 

If you’re in Boston,  The Street in Chestnut Hill mounted an outdoor exhibition of photographs by Jessica Craig-Martin (including some of the below images), which will be on display through fall 2015. On May 21, 2015, merchants throughout The Street donated a portion of proceeds on May 21st to Artists for Humanity, a Boston based non-profit organization whose mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divides by providing under-resourced youth with support towards self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts.

Shops at The Street Chestnut Hill include SC sponsors Jonathan Adler, Intermix, and Vince as well as locally owned businesses including Polka Dog Bakery, Ku De Ta, Skoah, and The Urban Grape.

Jessica Craig-Martin Social Party Photography

Real Wasps (Cancer Benefit, Southampton), 2007
Winston Wächter Fine Art

Jessica Craig-Martin Social Party Photography

Mondrian Teacup Pug (Watermill Center Benefit, Watermill), 2007
Winston Wächter Fine Art

Jessica Craig-Martin Social Party Photography

Golden Showers, 2000  •  Artspace

Jessica Craig-Martin Society Photos

The End of the Revolution (Real Estate Brokers Party, Southampton), 2007
Winston Wächter Fine Art

Jessica Craig-Martin Social Party Photography

Ladies and Gents, Moulin de Mougins, 2008
Winston Wächter Fine Art

Jessica Craig-Martin Social Party Photography

Brides Magazine

Jessica Craig-Martin Social Party Photography

Untitled (Gossip Girl: Renovation Complete), 2008
Art Production Fund • Paddle8

Jessica Craig-Martin Society Photos

Dragon Red and Cherry Blossom Pink, 2000 (printed 2004)
Art Production Fund • Paddle8

Jessica Craig-Martin Society Photos

Erection Ring, 2014  •  Instagram @jcraigmartin 

Jessica Craig-Martin Social Party Photography

The Answer is White, 2007

Jessica Craig-Martin Social Party Photography

Cosmos for Cancer (Cancer Benefit, Southampton), 2007
Galerie Andres Thalmann

Jessica Craig-Martin Social Party Photography

AmFar Benefit Cannes, 1998
Saatchi Gallery

StyleCarrot Breakfast Banquette Art Wall

I love my Let’s Party print from 20×200.


Jessica Craig-Martin

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