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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

ghader-amer-portrait-of-a-girl

Ghader Amer

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Gideon Rubin

louise-bourgeoise-spider-sculpture

Louise Bourgeois

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Marina Abramovic

nan-goldin-simon-and-jessica

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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nk, gouache, and watercolor on paper
$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

Signed Print Of Three Feathers Framed

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

Brazilian Abstract Painting From Novica

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

Princess By Talia Rainyk Photograph Of Two Girls

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

Still LIfe Painting Dead Roses In Vase

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

Red Block Print Of Arches At Minted

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

Textile Weaving Carole Daynard SMFA Sale

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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(not sure of artist)

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Lee Essex Doyle

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(unsure of artist)

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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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