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ARTmonday: SMFA at Tufts Art Sale 2017 Is This Week

The SMFA at Tufts Art Sale is this Thu., Nov. 16 to Sun., Nov. 19;  to School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 Fenway in Boston, on the side street right next to the MFA and its parking lot.

The SMFA Art Sale is  my favorite art event of the year. There are nearly 4,000 works from established, emerging, and student artists, from top names including Jim Dine and James Turrell to student and faculty pieces. Prices vary too, with much of it reasonably affordable. There are the occasional pieces for tens of thousands of dollars, many in the thousand or several thousand range, and tons under $1,000 and some even under $100. (Once I found a piece for $8!)

Much of the artwork in our home is from the SMFA Art Sale. (I currently spot seven in my living room.) We have photographs, paintings, and mixed media works we have purchased at the Sale throughout the years, and I still think about a couple of video art pieces I wish we had snapped up.

I hope you check it out, it is well worth it. New artworks are constantly displayed as pieces are sold, and there are tons of shrinkwrapped pieces in bins that are fun to browse. I stopped by the SFMA yesterday morning to get a jump start, and I’ll head back there tomorrow for Medici Night. (To become a Medici supporter click here.)

If you’d like help choosing art for your home or office, let me know. I’ll be scouting the sale for clients and interior designers as well as myself. Here are 20 works that caught my eye so far.

You can see more from the sale on my IG feed @StyleCarrotCurates.

SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Photography

Alicia Rodriguez Alvisa, $800
Archival inkjet print
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Painting

Teddy Benfield, $2,000
Mixed media on canvas
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Artwork

Orna Feldman,$285
Monotype
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Artwork

Susan Swinand, $500
Watercolor
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Mike and Doug Starn
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Painting

Kiki Smith, $10,000
Digital acid-based inkjet dyes on silk charmeuse
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Painting

Carlos J. Santiago, $500
Lithography 9 layers of color
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Photography

Cassandra Kos, $950
Archival inkjet print
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Mike and Doug Starn, $60,000
Inkjet prints on Zerkal paper glued to LP album covers, vinyl lettering, & magnets
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Art

Chuck Holtzman, $17,000
Conte on paper
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Art

Coco Berkman, $1400
10 color, 12 plate reductive linoleum print
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Art

unidentified
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

John Guthrie, $6,000
Acrylic on canvas
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Joel Shapiro, $4,000
10 color screenprint/lithograph
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Jo Ann Rothschild, $2,350
Mixed media on paper
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Helen Ingrid Scheibler, $3,800
Acrylic/mixed media
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Abstract Art at SMFA Sale

 Judy Riola
cut paper, gouache, pencil on panel
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Teruko Kushi
Oil on canvas
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Photgraphy

SMFA staff shows work by Soojin J. Kim
Conte crayon on paper
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary B&W Photography

Right: Judith Larsen

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ARTmonday: 12 Photos from the Fraction Holiday Print Sale

I received an email last week from local photographer Dana Mueller that  one of her prints would be available for a limited time at the 9th annual Fraction Holiday Print Sale. I loved her photo so I clicked through to see the others and it was instantly smitten. I hadn’t heard of Fraction Magazine, an online publication dedicated to fine art photography.

The Fraction Holiday Print Sale offers more than 100 prints starting at $75; most of them are about $100. Every one of them is wonderful. I limited myself to two photos—Mother Bird by Joy Christiansen Erb and Be the Light by Puspa Lohmeyer, both which arrived very quickly. (Prints ship directly from the artists.)

The prints are numbered and signed originals. If you order before this Wednesday, December 14 the site says you are likely to have it by December 24th. The sale goes through 8PM December 31st. Here are a dozen of my favorite photographs from the sale. 

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Kurt Simonson, Veranda Window (Swedish Light), 2011

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Fritz Liedtke, Isola

Portrait Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Heather Evans Smith, Wrench

Landscape Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Shawn Bush, Burro Schmidt

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

John Paul Evans, till death us do part – 6

Still Life Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Bootsy Holler, Treasures (Pack 03)

Still Life Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Joy Christiansen Erb, Mother Bird

Landscape Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Deborah Hamon, Ice Diamond

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Puspa Lohmeyer, Be the Light

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Lucia Ferreira, Fern #1 ( The Secret Garden series)

Landscape Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Dana Mueller, Untitled (diver), 2015, (May Days series)

Interior Photography From Fraction Holiday Sale

Peg Shaw, Hover (4.1)

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ARTmonday: Art + Cocktails Truro (Photography)

As I’ve mentioned, this summer we hosted a pop up art gallery in our home on Cape Cod. (You can see photos on IG #artandcocktailstruro ) We hung 96 artworks, a good portion of them photography. (I posted the paintings and mixed media pieces back in August here.)

I was really pleased that many of the pieces that sold were photos. And not only that, they were unique, personal pieces, even a couple I have in my own collection. Thanks to the photographers who lent work, and to the friends that purchased them.

If you’re interested there are still plenty to choose from; just email me at stylecarrot [at] gmail [dot] com.

Girl On A Bed By Massachusetts Photographer Anastasia Cazabon

Anastasia Cazabon, Legs on Bed, 2008
Photograph  •  16″ x 20″
s o l d

Photographer Anastasia Cazabon Head In Sink

Anastasia Cazabon, Sink, 2008
Photograph  •  16″ x 20″
s o l d

Photographer Anastasia Cazabon Hiding In the Bushes

Anastasia Cazabon, Bushes, 2007
Photograph  •  16″ x 20″
$150

Boston Photographer Anastasia Cazabon Diary, Love and Rivalry

Anastasia Cazabon, Diary, Love and Rivalry, 2008
Photograph  •  16″ x 20″
$100

Female Figure in the Landscape Photo By Cory Munro Shea MassArt Auction

Cory Munro Shea, Graduation
20″ x 16″
$750

Boston Photographer Cory Munro Shea Female Figure Walden Harvard

Cory Munro Shea, Harvard
10″ x 8″
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Elle Moss Masked Girl Photo

Elle Moss, Tempest
Photo printed with archival ink on fine art paper  •  12″ x 12″
$150

Grace Hopkins Photo On Canvas Pink Wall

Grace Hopkins, Nassau06, 2014
Digital photograph mounted on wood  •  12″ x 12″
$400

Grace Hopkins Photo On Canvas Geo Painted Wall

Grace Hopkins, CA01, 2006
Digital photograph mounted on wood  •  16″ x 16″
$600

Grace Hopkins Photo On Canvas LA Lights

Grace Hopkins, LA45, 2014
Digital photograph mounted on wood  •  16″ x 16″
$600

Linda Pagani's Ethereal Landscape Photo At Webster & Co

Linda PaganiSometimes No. 1, 2012
Archival inkjet print  •  24″ x 30″
Artist’s proof 1  •  $3,400

Landscape Photograph By Linda Pagani

Linda PaganiSometimes No. 2, 2012
Archival inkjet print  •  24″ x 30″
Edition 1/7  •  $2,500

Robert Knight Stephen Boston Bed Photo

Robert Knight, Stephen, Boston, MA
Photograph  •  24″ x 30″
$2,100

Boston Photographer Sarah Winchester Paris Graffiti

Sarah Winchester, Paris Graffiti
Digital photographic print  •  23″ x 37″
s o l d

Boston Photographer Shelley Zatsky Historic Interior

Shelley Zatsky
United States Marine Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky, Caution Bathroom,
Nominated 2003, Saved, 2005
Photograph  •  14″ x 14″
$550

Boston Photographer Shelley Zatsky Historic Interior

Shelley Zatsky
United States Marine Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky, Doctors Quarters
Nominated 2003, Saved, 2005
Photograph  •  14″ x 14″
$550

Boston Photographer Stephen Sheffield Flight Plan

Stephen Sheffield, Flight Plan
Photograph  •  20″ x 16″
$1,100

Boston Photographer Stephen Sheffield Businessman In Miniature

Stephen Sheffield, Businessman in Miniature
Photograph  •  16″ x 20″
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Austin Texas Photographer Suzanne Koett This Too Shall Pass

Suzanne Koett, This Too Shall Pass
Photograph printed on archival paper •  20″ x 30″
$450

Boston Photographer Tess Atkinson Cherry Blossoms

Tess Atkinson
Study 2, Cherry Blossom, Charles River Esplanade Boston, 2016
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth print, Edition 1/20
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Boston Photographer Tess Atkinson Cherry Blossoms

Tess Atkinson
Study 1, Cherry Blossom, Charles River Esplanade Boston, 2016
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth print, Edition 1/20
$900

Portland Maine Photographer Winky Lewis Girl And Bird

Winky Lewis
Photograph  •  $300

Portland Maine Photographer Winky Lewis Stop Sign

Winky Lewis
Photograph  •  $300

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ARTmonday: Artwork for TroyBoston Model Apt #1409

I love when I have the opportunity in my work to showcase local Boston artists and makers. For the last couple of months I’ve been working on a interior decor scheme for a model apartment at Troy Boston, a brand new, upscale, “green” rental building in SoWa. It’s a little outside my usual scope of projects and it’s been fun. You may have seen the initial post I did about it, when I was determining the color scheme for the apartment—Impressions: Creating a Color Palette of Charcoal + Dusty Rose. The final palette is indeed based on this post, with plenty of textural elements, including velvet, sheepskin, cork, plywood, and copper.

The best part has been curating the artwork. The art collection is the distinctive feature of the overall design and I hope people will view it as an exhibition rather than mere decoration. The pieces, which include paintings, photographs, sculpture, and mixed media pieces, are all done by New England-based female artists. Some of these Boston artists are  talented friends (Lee Essex Doyle, Tess Atkinson, Grace Hopkins),  others are young artists whose pieces I’ve purchased over the years at the SMFA Art Sale (Laura Beth Reese, Eugenie Lewalski Berg), others are artists I’ve become familiar with through blogging (Cig Harvey, Alicia Savage, Anastasia Cazabon, Anna Kasabian, Rachel Cossar, Winky Lewis, Jenny Prinn), and others are Boston artists who are new to me  (Heather McGrath, Linda Cordner).

I knew from the start that I wanted to include a statement artwork of a partially obscured woman; a moody fashion-y photograph of an elusive woman. I was able to get a few, though no oversize pieces due to the prohibitive cost of printing. Nevertheless I think the collection will hold together well. At the end of this post, you can see my current hanging scheme for the main wall, and for over the bed. I also plan to print a few of my own Instagram photos to pin or (washi) tape up.

Here I present to you the Troy Boston Model Apt #1409 art collection featuring over a dozen Boston area artists.  I hope you love it and will learn more about these talented women, all of whom have generously lent me their artwork.

alicia-savage-field

Alicia Savage
 self-portrait  •  Panopticon Gallery
Fort Point, Boston, MA

laura-beth-reese-snowy-nude

Laura Beth Reese  •  self-portrait from Nude series
Boston, MA

dig-harvey-the-goldfinch

Cig Harvey, MidCoast Maine
The Goldfinch  •  Robert Klein Gallery

anastasia-cazabon-bed

Anastasia Cazabon  •  From the Secret World series
Boston, MA

grace-hopkins-ca01

Grace Hopkins  •  CA01
Color photograph on canvas
Truro, Cape Cod, MA

grace-hopkins-nassau06

Grace Hopkins  •  Nassau06
Color photograph on canvas
Truro, Cape Cod, MA

grace-hopkins-lights-la45

Grace Hopkins  •  LA45
Color photograph on canvas
Truro, Cape Cod, MA

rachel-cossar-tights

Rachel Cossar  •  Tights
Instagram photograph backstage
Ballerina, Boston Ballet  •  Boston, MA

lee-essex-doyle-lantern

Lee Essex Doyle, Boston, MA
Prada I Orange  •  Childs Gallery  •   Watercolor and ink

winky-lewis-swimsuit

Winky Lewis, Portland, ME
Black and white photo of the artist’s daughter

eugenie-lewalsk-berg-six-couples

Eugenie Lewalski Berg  •   Six Couples
Cast concrete relief with graphite and oil pastel
Boston, MA

linda-cordner-bayside-sky

Linda Cordner  •  Bayside Sky  •  encaustic
Linda Cordner created this large encaustic for the apartment after seeing my color palette inspiration post.
SoWa, Boston, MA

tess-atkinson-vista-series

Tess Atkinson  •  Vista Series
Color photograph face-mounted on plexiglass
Boston, MA

iceland-heather-mcgrath

Heather McGrath  •  Sunset in Iceland
Color photograph printed on sheet metal
SoWa, Boston, MA

anna-kasabian-tide-pool

Anna Kasabian, North Shore, MA
Tide Pool III   •  stoneware
This many not be the exact piece that will hang. Anna Kasabian is lending me three pieces, which I will see when she drops them off next week.

jenny prinn

Jenny Prinn, Maine
Little Footsteps I  •  Oil on canvas
This is not the exact canvas I’ll be hanging. Jenny Prinn has graciously offered to paint an original work for the project.

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Main art wall
troy-art-1

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Art over the bed
troy-art-2

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ARTmonday: Lauren Semivan

I love these black and white photos by Lauren Semivan that mix girls and nature in collage-like compositions. Semivan earned her MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is represented in NYC by Bonni Benrubi Gallery, where I bought my first photographs many years ago when I started collecting photography, and it was located in a little second floor space on a side street on the Upper East Side. (I just learned this minute in researching Semivan, that Bonni died last year; she was much too young.)

In her artist’s statement, Semivan says that her photography is informed by “the written word, painting, drawing, sculpture, and the raw material of human experience.” All images are made using an early 20th century 8×10″ view camera, and large format negatives are scanned and printed without digital manipulation.

lauren-semivan-july-1-2013

July 1, 2013

lauren-semivan-labyrinth-2010

Labyrinth, 2010

lauren-semivan-june-27-2013

June 27, 2013

lauren-semivan-clover-#2

Clover #2

lauren-semivan-ink-2013

Ink, 2013

lauren-semivan-low-tide-2012

Low Tide, 2012

lauren-semivan-may-2011

May, 2011

lauren-semivan-mirror-2010

Mirror, 2010

lauren-semivan-wind-#2-2012

Wind #2, 2012

lauren-semivan-branches-2011

Branches, 2011

lauren-semivan-echo-2013

Echo, 2013

lauren-semivan-landscape-with-alison-2009

Landscape with Alison, 2009

lauren-semivan-observatory-splash-1

Observatory

lauren-semivan-wishbones-2011

 Wishbones, 2011

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