Barbara Leiner, Sweet Bunny, Oil on canvas, 48 x 50 inches Flowers by Winston Flowers, Boston
This is a shot from the opening of the Webster Art Project exhibition last week. It is the second collection that I have collaborated on with David Webster of the Webster & Company showroom at the Boston Design Center. I source artwork from New England artists and Mr. Webster, along with his visual design director, Jonathan Giacoletto, choose the specific pieces and where to hang them.
For the opening party Mr. Webster commissioned Winston Flowers to create an arrangement to work with this abstract painting, “Sweet Bunny” by Boston artist Barbara Leiner. The pairing is perfection. (I believe the painting is still available; if interested please get in touch; it’s a beauty.)
Along with everyone else with an Instagram account I created a #topnine2016 for my @StyleCarrotCurates account, where I exclusively post artwork that I live with, work with, or discover as I go about my life. (My main account @StyleCarrot has a broader reach, featuring interiors, food, cocktails, art, nature, and other beautiful things that catch my eye. I hope you will follow both @StyleCarrotCurates and@StyleCarrot on Instagram!) Here’s a bit more about the top nine (plus one, which tied for ninth place). They’re all wonderful works and include a pieces from a couple of the world’s best known artists, local New England artists, pieces I’ve shown in my curatorial endeavors, and also an artwork from my living room.
Que Tourne Le Vent, acrylic on canvas, 48×48
Abstract painting by Canadian artist Karine Leger from her exhibition at Lanoue Gallery in Boston’s SoWa district that I saw at a First Friday a year ago. I love her work and clearly so does everyone else as this is the most liked post on my @StyleCarrotCurates Instagram feed.
Rapture and Persimmon, oil, resin, spray paint and paper on linen, 48×36
These two stunning beauties are by my friend Sarah Lutz, who lives and works as a full time artist in New York City and Provincetown. She and Mike Carroll of Schoolhouse Gallery in Ptown lent me the paintings for a pop-up art gallery cocktail party I threw at my home in Truro this summer. I wanted to keep them forever; it’s as if Sarah painted them for the space. Although I didn’t splurge on these (they are still available; let me know if you’re interested), I did acquire a Sarah Lutz original at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill auction. I posted it here, and although it didn’t make the top nine likes on IG, it easily tops my list of personal favorites.
This fall my husband and I took a weekend jaunt to Nantucket. Another big thank you to White Elephant Elephant Hotel, Hy-Line Cruises,Lola 41, and the boutiques I visited, which included Pete’s Fish Tales Prints. Artist Peter Van Dingstee studied the Japanese art of gyotaku which entails creating prints on rice paper using actual fish. Here he has rolled out a large swordfish print. You can see more of his work on the full blog post I did here.
from the Synthetic series
It’s not fall without plenty of shots from the SMFA Sale. This portrait by L.A. fashion photographer Hannah Bates is right up my alley. So much so that my husband purchased it for me for Chanukah. At least I think he did; there’s been an artwork just this size wrapped in brown paper in our living room since that night. I’ll find out for sure when I return to Boston after holiday break; fingers crossed. Hannah Bates is an MFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Celestial Anemone, pen, ink & collage on paper, 11 x 8.5
Providence-based artist Jenny Brown makes the most magical marine-inspired mixed media collages. I hung three at my pop-up this summer and a Truro couple bought two for their daughter. Jenny gave me this piece, which is a print of an original, this fall when I returned the third piece. I still need to have it framed, but it the meantime it’s propped up on my living room bookshelf.
A work by Ellsworth Kelly at the 2016 SMFA Sale.
My Garden Door and Entering the Garden, oil on canvas, 25×25
A new acquaintance told me to check out Boston-based artist Laura Allis Richardson, who works at Fenway Studios. She graciously invited me for a studio visit (full blog post here). I left with these two pieces, now on display and for sale at Webster & Company in the Boston Design Center. (I can help if you are interested.) Mr. Webster and I have mounted a new exhibition for the Fall/Winter 2016-17 season; here’s a peek.
Last February I went to the Boca Raton Museum for the first time, where I spotted this Louise Nevelson assemblage. I still remember learning about Louise Nevelson’s work in the Art Since 1945 class I took at summer semester at NYU in college. A week later I went to a dinner party at a friend’s parents’ home on Fifth Avenue (or maybe it was Park Avenue?) . . . in their foyer was a small Nevelson sculpture, as well as a Giacometti.
This is a favorite piece from my personal collection, purchased for me by my husband at Skinner Auctions, so I’m thrilled it made it into the @StyleCarrotCurates #topnine2016. It’s a dancer by the Russian-born, American artist Abraham Walkowitz. The piece, which sits on my mantle in Boston, pictures modern dancer Isadora Duncan, of whom he has done over 5,000 drawings. It inspires me during my living room yoga sessions.
Jitterbug, oil on canvas, 24×18 • Sun on the Shore, acrylic on canvas, 24×24
This is technically the tenth, but it tied in the number of likes with the dancer above. This Instagram shot pictures a stretch of wall on the second floor of our Truro house, hung with lots of artwork for the pop up. The two paintings on the left are by Maine artist Jenny Prinn. I first hung Jitterbug at the model apartment I decorated at Troy Boston. Later both pieces hung at Webster & Company. I haven’t returned them to Jenny yet so if you’re interested they are still for sale!
We’ve introduced a number of new artists into the #WebsterArtProject at Webster & Company in the Boston Design Center this fall, in addition to new pieces by existing artists. Some are hanging, and some are en route. Here is a sampling; you can find a full listing of works here.
Hilary Tait Norod, a talented up and coming artist with whom I collaborate in the Webster Art Project told me about a charitable endeavor she is supporting called Art in Giving. The foundation, based in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, raises funds for childhood cancer research.
More than 60 artists and galleries participate in Art in Giving, donating up to 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of art to The Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation. Its mission is dedicated to pediatric cancer research and programs to help families cope with childhood cancer.
While individuals are welcome to purchase these pieces, the organization targets art buyers, real estate developers, architects and interior designers, and others who might place art in public buildings and corporate offices. In some cases pieces hang in institutions and are still for sale. Gift certificates are also available.
Here are ten artworks from Art in Giving that I particularly love.
I had a social day on Friday, meeting a new friend for coffee in the morning and architect Mette Aamodt of Cambridge-based modern architecture firm Aamodt/Plumb (I wrote about their transformation of a mid-century barn for Boston Globe Magazine last summer) for lunch at Tatte Bakery in Beacon Hill.
(In between I happened to run into a friend and we stopped into two of my favorite Boston boutiques Good and December Thieves. A few Instagram photos here.)
Currently Mette and her partner (and husband) Andrew are working on a project for the founder/curator behind online gallery The Road Gallery. I hadn’t been familiar with The Road Gallery, but upon returning home promptly looked it up. I loved it and must share.
The Road Gallery represents a small, highly curated selection of emerging and established but lesser known contemporary artists. There are a handful of artworks by each artist, plus guest artists, and pieces start around $100 and go up to $7,000.
Here is abstract artwork by eight artists from The Road Gallery, and a little bit about them.
Liz Barber • Summer 8, 2015 Mixed media on panel
Atlanta-based artist Liz Barber, who holds a degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, grew up in coastal Massachusetts. She paints watery abstract works on which layers of materials are built up to create depth and movement, and reflect her emotional attachment to the ocean.
Kelly Neidig • Braddock, 2014 Flashe on canvas
Artist Kelly Neidig, who was born in Pittsburgh and studied Landscape Architecture and Integrative Arts at Pennsylvania State University, lives and works in Vancouver, Washington. In the studio, Neidig relies on her memory and imagination to reinvent scenes of places she has traveled to show the experience of time and its effect on the memory. She is more interested in the overall feeling of these places than their details.
Kyle Utter • The Captain, 2013 Oil on canvas
Brooklyn-based figurative painter Kyle Utter, who hails from Michigan and once lived in Montana, earned his B.F.A at the Pratt Institute in 2011. Utter paints personal spaces, imbuing them with human needs, desires, and yearnings.
Haylee Anne • Mademoiselle Deux, 2011 Digital Archival C-Print (Limited edition of 5 per size)
Photographer Haylee Anne, who travels between Atlanta and New York, was inspired at an early age by lush National Geographic landscapes. She photographs women and water, employing special processes, to enhance and support feminist and bodily dialogue.
Susan Klein • Peering Through, 2013 Oil on Panel
Charleston, South Carolina-based artist Susan Klein earned an M.F.A. in 2004 from the University of Oregon and a B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 2001. Her paintings combine elements from separate places and times into one image. Usually, she begins with a landscape painting, upon which she layers representations of architecture, nature, and urban materials, which coalesce into a dense visual obstacle course.
Emily Zuch• Garden of Boxes and Balls, 2011 Oil on paper
Brooklyn-based artist Emily Zuch received an M.F.A. from the New York Studio School in 2011 and a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. Zuch paints from installations she creates in her studio. The set-ups involve objects she makes, childhood toys or those she has recently acquired, and various other curiosities. There is an element of narrative in her work, and she is interested in imagery that connects to fantasy and folklore.
S.W. Dinge • Hit My Head on the Ice, 2014 Gouache and watercolor on canvas
Artist S.W. Dinge lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.He is drawn to aged materials such as rusted metal, discolored newspaper, weathered wood, and other aged objects which are, along with acrylic paint, the foundation of his work.
Charlotte Lethbridge • Sorry I’m Late (Go Ahead Without Me), 2014 Oil on linen
Manhattan-based artist Charlotte Lethbridge studied painting at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2014, Lethbridge concentrated on a swimming pool series titled “Sorry I’m Late.” While pools evoke nostalgia of swimming lessons and suburban summers, left alone they have a compelling stillness. Absence is key component of the series.