ARTmonday: Modern Sculpture Garden in Japan

With our delayed flight on Sunday (hung out in the San Francisco airport for 8 hours after flying in from Osaka), and adjusting back to Boston life, this post about the sculpture garden called the Hakone Open-Air Museum is a few days delayed. But no less fantastic. I loved exploring Tokyo and Kyoto, but in terms of actual sights, this was by far my favorite.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum opened in 1969 as the first open-air art museum in Japan. I wasn’t sure what “open-air” meant, but quickly discovered it is a vast sculpture garden. There are also four indoor exhibition halls though I didn’t have time to see any of those.

The museum’s collections include about 100 sculptures by both Asian and Western artists including Rodin, Miro, and Moore. In fact, I believe I read that the Hakone Open-Air Museum has the largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures in the world. 

The museum is also known for its hot springs-fed foot bath. (Hakone is a resort town famous for its hot springs.) It was my first introduction to the Japanese foot bath, and sublime. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces from my afternoon at the Hakone Open-Air Museum last week.

Silver Cone Sculpture At Open Air Museum Hakone Japan

unidentified

Modern Sculpture By Agustin Cardenas In Hakone

Agustin Cardenas, Femme au Repos, 1976

Jean Dubuffet Sculpture In Japan

Jean Dubuffet, Arborescence, 1971-80

Miss Black Power Sculptuer At Open Air Museum

Niki de Saint Phalle, Miss Black Power, 1968

Two Hares Sculpture in Hakone Japan

Barry Flanagan, Two Boxing Rabbits, 1965

Abstract Sculpture Of Two Figures By Henry Moore

foreground: Henry Moore
 background: Gabriel Loire, Symphonic Sculpture

Henry Moore Sculpture In Japanese Sculpture Garden Hakone

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure Arch Leg

Ryoli Gojo Intersecting Space Construction

Ryoli Gojo, Intersecting Space Construction, 1978

Ryoli Gojo Intersecting Space Construction Detail

Ryoli Gojo, Intersecting Space Construction, 1978, detail

Giuliano Vangi 2004 White Sculpture In Japan

Giuliano Vangi, Grande Racconto, 2004

Gold Ball Sculpture In Hakone Japan Sculpture Garden

Arnaldo Pomodoro, Sphere Within Sphere (Sfera con sfera)

Fried Egg Benches At Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan

Carl Milles, The Hand of God
fried egg benches

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture In Hakone Japan

Barbara Hepworth, Two Figures, 1968

Henry Moore Sculpture In Hakone Japan Sculpture Garden

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure: Angles, 1979

Jean Arp Gold Blob Figure Sculpture In Japan

Jean Arp, The Giant Pip

Matchinsky-Denninghoff Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open Air Museum

Matchinsky-Denninghoff, Sturm, 1980

Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

unidentified

Hand Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

 Rainer Kreister, Big Hand

Bronze Arm Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Kenneth Armitage, Both Arms, 1969-70

Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

unidentified

Alexander Calder Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Alexander Calder, Les Aretes de Poisson, 1966

Jim Dine Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Jim Dine, The Lookout Tower, 1990

Japanese Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Hiroatsu Takata, La Mer, 1962

Henry Moore Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Henry Moore, Family Group, 1948-49

Henry Moore Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Henry Moore, Mother and Child: Block Seat, 1983-84

Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

César, La Victoire de Villetaneuse, 1965

Pregnant Woman Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

César, La Victoire de Villetaneuse, 1965, detail

Nude Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

César, La Victoire de Villetaneuse, 1965, detail

Mid-Century Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Ossip Zadkine, La Demeure, 1960

Foot Bath At Hakone Sculpture Garden Museum In Japan

foot bath

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ARTmonday: Colorful Abstract Art Exhibit Featuring Ellen Levine Dodd and More

I’ve been blogging about abstract painter Ellen Levine Dodd since I met her almost three years ago on the Cape. She’s been part of my collaboration with Webster & Company #WebsterArtProject and my pop-up cocktail gallery.

Her work is in an exhibit in Danville, near San Francisco, called Color Play at The Town of Danville Art Gallery through April 15, 2017. Color Play features work by five abstract artists who work in gorgeous color, some vibrant, some more subdued: Ellen Levine Dodd, Karen Olsen-Dunn, Sharon Paster, Elise Morris, and Julia Rymer. They’re all fitting for this glorious spring day!

Follow these artists on Instagram for a peek into their studios and most current work: Ellen Levine Dodd; Karen Olsen-Dunn; Sharon PasterElise MorrisJulia Rymer. And be sure to follow my art-only IG account @StyleCarrotCurates too.

Colorful Abstract Painting By Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, Make the Most of What You Have

Colorful Abstract Painting By Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, Every Dog Has Its Day

Colorful Abstract Painting By Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, A Blue Ribbon Day

Colorful Abstract Painting By Karen Olsen Dunn

Karen Olsen-Dunn, Floating Arabesque

Colorful Abstract Painting By Karen Olsen Dunn

Karen Olsen-Dunn, Green Cloud With Grid

Colorful Abstract Painting By Karen Olsen Dunn

Karen Olsen-Dunn, Cloud Cover With Trails

Abstract Geometric Painting By Sharon Paster

Sharon Paster, Boundaries

Abstract Geometric Painting By Sharon Paster

Sharon Paster, Mari Hike

Abstract Geometric Painting By Sharon Paster

Sharon Paster, Playing Catch

Subtle Abstract Florals By Elise Morrisa

Elise Morris, Trail Lore

Subtle Abstract Florals By Elise Morrisa

Elise Morris, Night Fades 3

Subtle Abstract Florals By Elise Morrisa

Elise Morris, Verdant Pull

Abstract Painting With Geometric Forms By Julia Rymer

Julia Rymer, Cloud City

Abstract Painting With Geometric Forms By Julia Rymer

Julia Rymer, Bridge

 

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ARTmonday: MassArt Auction Preview

MassArt is the nation’s first public, independent college of art and design in the country. This year marks the MassArt Auction’s 28th anniversary, with proceeds going directly to scholarships and support for academic programs.

The MassArt Auction is this Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 6:30 at MassArt. All the artwork in the silent auction is online now at Paddle 8. Here are some of my favorites. Ready, set, bid.

Flowers By Donald Sultan at MassArt Auction

Donald Sultan, Mimosas, October 2, 2006, 2006
Etching, Aquatint, and Silkscreen
Starting bid, $4,500

Geometric Abstract Mixed Media By Nona Hershey at MassArt Auction

Nona Hershey, Interference I, 2016
Watercolor, Graphite Powder, Gouache, and Laser-Cut Fluorescent Plexiglass
Starting bid, $2,400

Abstracted Photo By Mclean Graham at MassArt Auction

Clark McLean Graham, Untitled Video Still with Pink Paint, 2015
Acrylic Archival Pigment Print Transfer onto Aluminum
Starting bid, $405

Abstract Collage With Marilyn Monroe at MassArt Auction

James Gibson, Marilyn 2 ways, 2014
Silkscreen Monoprint
Starting bid, $450

Landscape Photo With Pink Cups at MassArt Auction

Thomas Jackson, Cups no. 2, 2013
Archival Pigment Print
Starting bid, $2,820

Encaustic Artwork By Susan Hardy Brown at MassArt Auction

Susan Hardy Brown, Snow Queen, 2015
Encaustic with Queen Anne’s Lace on Panel
Starting bid, $240

Abstract Collage Assemblage at MassArt Auction

TJ Kelley III, The Choice is Yours but the Answer is Clear, 2016
Acrylic on Assembled Panels
Starting bid, $360

Girl In Bra With Camera At Mass Art Auction

Erin M. Riley, Nudes 17, 2014
Hand Woven Textile
Starting bid $2,520

Beach Photo With Figures At Mass Art Auction

Thomas Gearty, Jumping Bridge, Martha’s Vineyard, 2006
Archival Inkjet Print
Starting bid, $390

Abstract Wood Sculpture At Mass Art Auction

Damien Hoar De Galvan, V, 2015
Wood, Paint, and Glue
Starting bid, $460

Pathwork Abstract Adrienne Shishko At Mass Art Auction

Adrienne Shishko, Preservation Hall, 2016
Acrylic, Paper, Ink, Plastic, and Textiles
Starting bid, $1,140

Still LIfe Painting By Karen O'Neill

Karen O’Neil, August, 2015
Oil on Linen
Starting bid, $2,700

Still Life With Pear by Anne Harney At Mass Art Auction

Anne Harney, Pear and Bowl, 2016
Oil on Canvas
Starting bid, $390

Pool Art At Mass Art Auction

Alyssa Macaulay, The Deep End I, 2012
Archival Digital Prints, Scanned Documents, Wood, Glue and Custom-Made Boxes with Plexiglas
Starting bid, $480

Music Scene At Mass Art Auction

Arne Reimer, Record Store in Madison, WI, 2015
Chromogenic Print
Starting bid, $540

Abstracted Landscape At Mass Art Auction

Holly Harrison, True North, 2015
Mixed Media on Panel
Starting bid, $960

Sandpaper Tower By Brent Refsland At Mass Art Auction

Brent Refsland, Sandcastle #102, 2016
Cut Sandpaper on Paper
Starting bid, $900

Frame With Butterflies By Paul Villinski At Mass Art Auction

Paul Villinski, Legacy V, 2016
Antique Frame, Aluminum (Found Cans), Wire, and Gold Leaf
Starting bid, $10,800

Multicolor Cubes on Plywood At Mass Art Auction

George Creamer, Untitled, 2016
Mixed Media
Starting bid, $3,000

Highly Abstracted Landscape By Kristin Texeira At Mass Art Auction

Kristin Texeira, an evening stroll to the moon, 2016
Oil on Paper
Starting bid, $450

 

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ARTmonday: Montserrat School of Art Auction Preview

The Montserrat School of Art Artrageous!31 auction is this Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. I’m sad that I’ll miss it this year, but I’ve studied the catalog front to back and again. There are some great pieces, many at great prices, and the proceeds benefit kids who could really use the help.

The party is a lot of fun, with a silent and live auctions as well as student artists painting in the moment. You can purchase the $250 tickets to Artrageous! Montserrat School of Art Auction or one of the 200 $100 raffle tickets here.

Here’s a sampling of pieces that caught my eye from the silent auction offerings.

Black & White Photo By Portland Artist Darek Bittner

Darek Bittner / Seafood / Photograph / 12″ x 18″ / $200

Pop Tart Painting By Lauren Douglas

Lauren Douglas / Pop / Gouache, watercolor / 8″ x 10″ / $150

Geometric Abstract by Massachusetts Artist Suzanne Ulrich

Suzanne Ulrich / no. 1321 / cut, torn, painted and pasted papers / 10″ x 9.75″ / $500

Abstract Painting By Kale Baker

Kale Baker / Candy Animals No. 1 / Acrylic / 14″ x 14″ / $450

Cabot Cinema Cityscape By Ashlee Beadle

Ashlee Beadle / Cabot Cinema at Night / Acrylic / 30″ x 24″ / $650

Abstract Painting At Montserrat School of Art Auction

Haley Harris / You Are Joy / Acrylic / 20″ x 30″ / $600

Photo By Rick DeCosta At Montserrat Auction

Rick DeCosta / Stick Together / Digital print / 11″ x 14″ / $150
Abstract Landscape By Portland Artist Amanda Hawkins
Amanda Hawkins / Marsh in Bloom / Acrylic, pastel, charcoal / 16″ x 20″ / $470
Painting Of a Woman At A Table By Marica Hermann
She tossed her boy-crazy hair and listened for opportunity’s knock. 
Marcia Hermann / Oil on canvas / 26″ x 26″ / $1200
Roger Martin Woodcut Up For Auction
Roger Martin / Granite Pier / Multi-color wood cut / 15″ x 20″ / $1000
Fabric And Thread Abstract Collage By Katie Dougherty
Katie Dougherty / Land of Snakes / Collage on paper / 5.25″ x 5″ / $100
Abstract Landscape Painting By Barbara Moody
Barbara Moody / New Growth / Acrylic on panel / 24″ x 24″ / $950
Woman Stretching By Maria Patsopoulus
Maria Patsopoulos / Stretching Adolescent / Acrylic on canvas / 20″ x 34″ / $350

 

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Fine Print: New Book By Architects Polhemus Savery DaSilva

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Book 2017

East Harwich, Mass.-based Polhemus Savery DaSilva is one of the region’s best-known architecture and building firm, with its coastal homes dotting the shores of Cape Cod. The new book, Living  Where Land Meets Sea: The Houses of Polhemus Savery DaSilva, celebrates 20 years of the company’s creating luxury coastal homes, not just on the ocean and bays, but rivers, lakes, and kettle ponds.

I was pretty familiar with PSDAB, though learned a lot more about it last spring when I worked on copy for Boston Magazine‘s Design Home 2016, which is perched high up at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass. overlooking Cape Cod. Living  Where Land Meets Sea features many more classic casual coastal beauties, including floor plans and elevations.

Here is a sampling of Cape Cod summer house architecture by Polhemus Savery DaSilva from their gorgeous new book Living Where Land Meets Sea with images by local photographer Brian Vanden Brink.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Waterside patio.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Shingle Style home on a Cape Cod river.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Paradise Cove in Chatham boasts charming starfish cutouts on the shutters, a PSDAB signature touch. (Be on the lookout for a story in Boston Globe Magazine on April 2nd on fire pits, which features the patio around back.)

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Riptide, a Colonial Revival in Chatham, Mass.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Riverfront home with long dock.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

This shingle clad, 2,000-square foot cottage has sailboat cut-outs on the shutters.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Classic New England bungalows influences the screened porch of this lakeside house called Eagle’s Perch.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

An outdoor shower is a summer home must-have.

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