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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: 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: 14 Artworks from the MassArt Auction 2015

Like the School of Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts College of Art & Design holds a sale, in this case an auction, to benefit scholarship and academic programs. The 26th Annual MassArt Auction 2015 takes place in Boston this Saturday, April 11th at 6:30. Karen Keane of Skinner will be presiding.

In addition to the many paintings, photos, drawings, sculptures, and multimedia works for auction, there are three special commissions: a portrait sitting with William Wegman (1965) at his home in Chelsea, NYC, a custom evening gown by Jeury Roasario (2003), and a commission of products in your pantry by Rachel Perry Welty.

Here are 14 artworks I love from the MassArt Auction 2015, all open for online bids now on Paddle8 through April 10.


Gaston Ugalde


Nona Hershey


Rick Fox


Christopher Sullivan


Kathleen O’Hara


John Steck Jr.


Michael Cappabianca


Brittany Roberts


Jennifer Liston Munson


Melissa Krok Horton


Rebecca Doughty


Mike Gower


Dana Mueller


Katrina Majkut

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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


Bunhugger Design, “Leaves”
Framed print starting at $32 at Society6


Christian Borger, “Acadia – Foliage”
Photo print starting at $20 at Society6


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


Jenny Prinn, “Sunset Haze 2”
acrylic on canvas, $500 at Serena & Lily


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: Meg Lipke’s Colorful Abstracts

I’m not sure where I discovered artist Meg Lipke, probably Pinterest. Wherever it was, her paintings interested me enough to click through and download a bunch, saved for a rainy day. My son informs me that today will be the only nice day of the week in Boston, but I’m hoping the bright colors and vibrant brushstrokes keep me going for the next few days.

Meg Lipke  was born in 1969 in Portland, Oregon and was raised in Burlington, Vermont and Cheshire, England. She went to the University of Vermont for undergrad and earned her MFA at  Cornell. She currently lives and works in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.

On her website, she divides her pieces into a few groups, including Paper Tapestries, Small Weavings, Works on Paper, and Batik Paintings. Here is a sampling of the Meg Lipke’s abstract artwork.














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