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ARTmonday: New England Artists at Webster & Company

This fall I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wonderful new project: curating artwork for the Webster & Company showroom at the Boston Design Center.

I love art. I buy art like other women buy shoes. I have master’s in art history that I did for fun and I started collecting art around the same time.  Friends have asked me for help choosing artwork, and over the years I’ve often thought of art consulting for interior designers.

This summer I was at the bar at Blackfish in  Truro with my friend Dee Elms,who encouraged me. (If  you don’t know her, she  is a very talented, supremely generous Boston-based interior designer). A week later I got an email from Mr. Webster at Webster & Company, asking me if I’d be interested in helping find local Boston artists whose work he could hang in his showroom. (A little birdie suggested me.) He was looking to do a complete swap of everything he had hanging. Within a month.

In a frenzy, I scoured my files and sources for Boston artists (and some further afield in Maine and on the Cape) whose work I loved that aligned with Mr. Webster’s tastes. We met in early September, narrowed down my finds, and over the last few weeks the very gracious Mr. Webster and his meticulous visual design director Jonathan Giacoletto have hung the work. There are about 75 pieces from almost 20 artists, all either local or with ties to the area.

It’s been a thrilling experience, both working with Mr. Webster and his team and all the artists. I haven’t seen everything hung yet, but I plan to go this week. If you happen to be over there, stop by. (Obviously they’re all for sale. If you you’re interested, you can  let me know.) Here is one piece from each artist represented. If you read ARTmonday regularly you will recognize some names. More photos to come of the installations in the coming weeks.

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John Ross

John Ross, who has a degree from UCLA and is co-founder of design label PATCH NYC, composes photos inspired by Dutch still life paintings in his South End studio using only natural light.

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Tess Atkinson

Tess Atkinson, who graduated from Skidmore College and studied photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, likens her images to being lost in a trance.

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Linda Pagani

Linda Pagani, who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, photographs vast spaces to compose abstract new environments.

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Anna Kasabian

In her studio in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Anna Kasabian crafts wafer thin porcelain pieces that recall the forms and motions of flowers, sea plants, and ocean waves.

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Jenny Brillhart

Abstracting beauty from the ordinary, Jenny Brillhart, who holds an M.F.A. from New York Academy of Art and a B.A. from Smith College, lives and works in Miami and Stonington, Maine.

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Judyth Katz

Having begun her career as a fiber artist, today Judyth Katz works in paints and pastels to create abstracted landscapes en plain air and from her studio on the Outer Cape.

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MP Landis

MP Landis, who traveled the world with his Mennonite missionary parents, opened a bookstore, and painted in Provincetown, recently relocated from Brooklyn to Portland, Maine.

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Jenny Prinn

Rain, laughter, footsteps, and foghorns are examples of the fleeting inspirational moments that inform Maine-based artist Jenny Prinn’s colorful abstract paintings.

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Grace Hopkins

Grace Hopkins, who holds a B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, creates photographs with he look and feel of abstract paintings.

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Hilary Tait Norod

Neuroscience and psychology are strong influences on Boston-based painter Hilary Tait Norod, who holds a B.A. in studio art from Skidmore College.

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Steve Barylick

Former creative director and muralist Steve Barylick, who holds a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art, paints abstracts at Joy Street Artist Studios in Somerville.

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Linda Cordner

Linda Cordner layers pigmented translucent wax to depict subtle, atmospheric landscapes, all created in her SoWa studio.

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Alicia Savage

Boston-based photographer Alicia Savage, who holds a B.A. from Northeastern University, documents her life and mind in self-portraits that hide her face but uncover her journey.

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Budd Hopkins

Abstract Expressionist Budd Hopkins (1931—2011), who worked in New York and Wellfleet, combined geometrics with a gestural style. The Whitney Museum and The Guggenheim, among others, own his work.

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Sarah Lutz

Sarah Lutz, whose abstract work refers to the natural world, holds a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.F.A. from The American University, and lives and works in New York City and Truro, Mass.

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Stephen Sheffield

Using film and nontraditional techniques, South Shore-based photographer Stephen Sheffield, an alumnus of Cornell University and California College of the Arts, creates narrative images with a cinematic feel.

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Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, who grew up and studied art in New England, creates expressive compositions with colorful gestural brushwork in her Northern California studio.

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Joe Diggs

Working from his home studio overlooking a pond on Cape Cod, Joe Diggs sometimes strategically plans his compositions while other times is guided by pure emotion.

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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.

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Nel van Dijkhuizen, 1982
Painting/collage on paper

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A. De Jonge. 1982
Lithograph 6/16

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J. van Maarschalkerwaard
Painting on canvas in wooden frame

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Wil Klaassen
Silkscreen in aluminium frame

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Jan de Mug, 1979
Painting on canvas in wooden frame

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A. De Jonge, 1979
Signed lithograph 6/18

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Peter Kampehl

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D. Putman
Aquarel on paper

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Ori ben Zeev, no title. 1984
Painting on paper

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Joop Stolk, 1989
Painting in wooden frame

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

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Jelis van Dolderen, 1982

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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.

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Gaston Ugalde

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Nona Hershey

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Rick Fox

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Christopher Sullivan

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Kathleen O’Hara

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John Steck Jr.

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Michael Cappabianca

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Brittany Roberts

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Jennifer Liston Munson

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Melissa Krok Horton

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Rebecca Doughty

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Mike Gower

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Dana Mueller

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Katrina Majkut

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ARTmonday: Ky Anderson’s Contemporary Artwork

Ky Anderson is a Greenpoint, Brooklyn-based abstract artist represented by one of my favorite galleries, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts. The gallery has outposts in New York City and Bridgehampton, and while I’ve never actually been to either, I often peruse the website and am a huge fan of many of the artists it represents, including Sydney Licht, whose pale pastel abstract still lifes are endlessly appealing.

Anderson, who was born in Kansas City and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995, creates abstract paintings in acrylic and ink on paper (both found paper and new), and more recently, in oil on canvas. The colors are soft and the shapes simple and bold, often scaffolded with inky lines.

Anderson founded DUSK, through which she works with artists from all over to develop handmade editions and curate original series. She has a small printmaking shop in Greenpoint and welcomes nearby artists to use the press. She’s curating a DUSK show for this summer.

In addition, Anderson features her own art collection in a tumblr on her site. According to an interview she did with Got a Girl Crush, she started her art collection blog in order to “document and appreciate the artwork I live with and to encourage art collecting.” (I think I should document my personal art collection in a separate tab here on StyleCarrot. Yes?)

Anderson adds, “Not all art is expensive and I like to tell stories about how the work came into my hands to show that you don’t have to have a lot of money to grow a collection.” Absolutely. In fact, Jen Bekman offers five prints f Ky Anderson’s abstract paintings on 20×200, starting at $24.

Here is a sampling of some of my favorite abstract paintings by Ky Anderson. Those colors… Girl crush indeed.

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Ky Anderson’s studio in the Pencil Factory Building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Ky Anderson

 

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ARTmonday: Ellen Levine Dodd

Earlier this summer I caught up with San Francisco Bay Area-based artis Ellen Levine Dodd, whose work I discovered at Serena & Lily. Last year, after I had featured some of Dodd’s colorful paintings, she emailed me to say she was headed to Provincetown. I wasn’t in town then, but she came back this year, and we met (in real life) at Chequessett Chocolate, a new funky coffee and chocolate cafe in Truro.

We chatted about art and the web, the growing opportunities for artists to sell work online (Serena & Lily’s gallery model has been fabulous for her), and life in general. She showed me images of her newest works on her iPad, and a delicious smoothie later, we parted,promising to catch up again next year. Of course, if I’m ever in the Bay area I’ll be sure to drop by her studio too.

Dodd’s a local Massachusetts gal. She grew up in Newton, went to Clark University on an art scholarship, studied painting at the Worcester Museum School, and photography at the Worcester Craft Center. Following a year abroad, she studied photography and printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art.

Dodd has a rich work history in the arts. She worked as a studio assistant in the paper mill at Sonoma State University, creating paper pulp for many artists including Sam Francis, has curated exhibitions, and consulted on business matters with artists.Currently she works full time as an artist, photographer, and digital fine art printer .

I’m drawn to the bold colors, textures, and shapes in Dodd’s layered pieces, on which she paints, scratches, sands, carves, and draws. Here are abstract and landscape multi media paintings by Ellen Levine Dodd.

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Dodd’s iPad with images of her new work.

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Postcard and plant at Chequessett Chocolate.

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A Loaf Of Bread A Jug Of Wine
Acrylic and mixed media on wood panel, in handmade basswood frame
12.75″ x 12.75”  •   $750

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Island In The Sky 2
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
12.75″ x 12.75”  •   $750 

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Keep Your Chin Up
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
12.75″ x 12.75”  •  $750

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Music In The Garden
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, framed by the artist
16.75″ x 16.75”  •  $995

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Pebbles In A Pond
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, framed by the artist
2.75″ x 12.75″  •   $750

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Striations I
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
8.75″ x 8.75”  •  $495

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Wanderings 3
Oil, oil sticks, mixed media on wood panel, framed by the artist
12.75″ x 12.75”  •  $750

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Which Way Is Up
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
16.75″ x 16.75”  •  $975

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Marina
Acrylic, mixed media on board
16.75″ x 16.75”  •  $975

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Headlands 1
Acrylic, mixed media on cradled wood panel
6″ x 6”  •  $275

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Breaking Ground
Casein, and mixed media on cradled wood panel   
29.5″ x 22.5″  •  $1,900

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Carmel Beach Sand
Casein, acrylic, beach sand, mixed media on cradled wood panel, framed by the artist
11″ x 7″  •  $385

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Postcard and cactus.

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More new work on Ellen Levine Dodd’s iPad.

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