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ARTmonday: 36 Obscured Portraits of Women

If you follow the ARTmonday posts,  you’ll know that as much as I love abstract art, I am especially drawn to artwork featuring female figures. Among my many posts highlighting specific female painters or more frequently, photographers, who create quirky or elusive images of women (Cig Harvey, Viviane Sassen, Natsumi Hayashi), I’ve also curated a number of roundups, including Women Thinking, Women In the Kitchen, Figures in the Landscape, Women In Water, and Girls At Play. (For more, you can also peruse my Pinterest boards Female Figures in Art, PortraitsNudes.)

I have so many images of women turning their backs on the camera, that I thought for sure I did a post of those, but I can’t find it, so maybe not. Today’s post features 36 portraits of women whose faces are obscured in some way. The overall image might be blurry, her head could be wrapped in twigs (or a shower curtain!), perhaps her hair is in her face, or she’s wearing a blindfold. Or, the image might show what could have been a perfectly straightforward rendering, but then he or she dripped paint over the visage, or whited out all traces of personality.

Some of these obscured portraits of women are cloaked in mystery, others are silly, and still others, a tad subversive. I find them all appealing. (I left out the more disturbing of the finds this time around.)

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Smooth #1  •  Agnieszk Maria Zieba

obscured-portrait-petra-stridfeldt

Petra Stridfeldt

obscured-portrait-andy-denzler

Andy Denzler

obscured-portrait-barbara-baldi

Barbara Baldi

obscured-portrait-parker-fitzgerald

Parker Fitzgerald

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Melodie Mousset

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“Hunger”  •  Jovana Lakovic

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unidentified

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Julia Skopnik

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Annija Muižule

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Human Sculptures  •  Joakim Heltne

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Jose Romussi

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Wilkosz & Way

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“Portrait with the Cat”  •  Chiara Elisa Ragghianti

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Wool and the Gang

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Yann Faucon

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“Portrait with a Spectrum 3″  •  Chad Wys

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unidentified

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“Paper Butterflies”  •  Ping Homeric

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Maia Harms

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“Sky of Tears”  •  Tabitha Vevers

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“Essäché”  •  Flora Borsi

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Grace Coddington  •  Tim  Walker

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Rafael Sliks

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Melissa Gamwell

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Mate Moro

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Javier Martin

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Face-Kinis  •  Peng Chen

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“Ubearable”  •  Alessandro Passerini

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“A Bundled Mass of Confusion”   •  Robert Flynn

obscured-portrait-sarah-bodri

Sarah Bodri

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Urs Fischer

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Lalla Essaydi

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“Portrait of Petra Collins”  •  Neal Turner

Marianne Faithfull by David Redfern

Marianne Faithfull  by  David Redfern

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ARTmonday: 12 Paintings by Boston Artists on Etsy

Since today’s the Boston Marathon I thought I’d go all Boston with a dozen picks from Etsy local. The mix includes still life paintings of sweets, pet portraits, pretty landscapes, geometric abstracts, and more. Are the artists are based in the Boston area. Enjoy the day! #BostonStrong

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Pink Donuts On a Stand  •  Jo Jo La Rue / Johanna

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Ocean Breeze  •  Shay Cajolet

night-sky-stars-moon-birch-trees

Night Sky Stars Moon Birch Trees Dream Tent  •  Paper Taxi / Laura Warecki

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Custom Pet Portrait  •   Paw Prints On Canvas / Marianna

blue-sky-blue-bells

Blue Sky Blue Bells  •   Water Media Works / Marcia

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Architectural Line Study  •   Moss and Blue / Julianne Strom

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Black Lab  •   Jennifer Burkin

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Vista  •  Claudine Metrick

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Untitled Abstract #2414  •  Tammy Ricker

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Ranunculus  •  Cassandra Akouri

prepster-a-boston-blazer

Prepster  •  A Boston Blazer / Gabi Anderson

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Picnic  •  Art25 by a2n2 / Anna Koon

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ARTmonday: 12 Artworks from Uncommon Goods

I discovered Brooklyn-based site Uncommon Goods, which launched back in 1999, when I worked for Store Adore. I perused it all the time, especially for environmentally-conscious and handcrafted gift options. For some reason it had fallen off my radar for a while. They emailed me recently. I learned that the company’s lowest paid worker makes 50 percent above minimum wage—as good a reason as any to start shopping the site again—and that they donate to a number of worthy non-profits, including organizations for women, hunger, and the environment. I was also reminded of its selection of selection of cute gifts, including a whole bunch of whole bunch of personalized gifts, like jewelry, pillows, and books. There’s also affordable artwork. I posted a dozen of my favorite artworks from Uncommon Goods below.

rainbow-sarah-nicole-phillips

 Rainbow, Sarah Nicole Phillips, $85-$150

big-orange-chair-kate-lewis

 Big Orange Chair, Kate Lewis $75-$130

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Slice of Genealogy (custom artwork), Jen O’Neill, $295

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Personalized Family Art, Mary and Shelly Klein, $150

challenging-conditions-audrey-heller

Challenging Conditions, Audrey Heller, $140-$200

city-skyline-in-wood

City Skyline Wooden Routing (NYC), $34

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You Simply Glow, Jessica Swift, $65-$120

the-animal-alphabet-zoo-kim-smith

The Animal Alphabet Zoo, Kim Smith, $140

happy-elephant-zlatka-paneva

The Happy Elephant, Zlatka Paneva, $68-$150

woven-seacape-elise-wehle

Woven Seacape, Elise Wehle, $75-$135

dogs-denise-fiedler

Dogs (Dalmatian), Denise Fiedler, $125

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Hiking With George, Renee Leone, $145-$ 230

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ARTmonday: 22 Original Artworks Under $500 from Saatchi Online

Not long ago I discovered the art site Saatchi Online. It’s amazing. I don’t know what took me so long to find it—it was launched in 2006 by the Saatchi Gallery in London. The site has many, many pieces of contemporary art across mediums and price ranges. Artists sell original artwork, as well as prints, so even if you love a pricey work, you can still acquire it in that form. The site is easily searchable and guest curators often put forth interesting collections. Here are my picks—22 original pieces under $500.

 Georg-Cevales-elefant

Georg Cevales “Elefant” $400

Adalberto-Ortiz-Page-corner-#6

Adalberto Ortiz “Page corner #6” $375

Amelia-Coward-42-vintage-map-dots

Amelia Coward “Forty two vintage map dots” $265

Emily-Fried-Audrey

Emily Fried “Audrey” $250

Bea-Mahan-Untitled

Bea Mahan “Untitled” $115

Christina-Kerns-Nostri

Christina Kerns “Nostri” $400

Anne-Harper-Whispers-are-Shadows

Anne Harper “Whispers are Shadows” $350

Juan-De-La-Rica-untitled-inertias-series

Juan De La Rica “Untitled” (Inertias series) $250

Nicole-Carman-Brighton-Beach-Huts

Nicole Carman “Brighton Beach Huts and Fido the Dog” $450

jim-harris-way-out-west

Jim Harris “Way Out West” $400

Liat-Elbling-Holes-#4

Liat Elbing “Holes #4″ $450

Jelena-Kostic-Monika-R-SS-2012

Jelena Kostic “Monika R S/S 2012” $220

Luis-D'Akmin-Translucent-Artless-Things

Luis D’Akmin “Translucent Artless Things” (Series 01)  $350

tess-gumbin-reclining-nude

Tess Gumblin “Reclining Nude” $400

Øyvind-Suul-mind-map-#17

Øyvind Suul “Mind map #17” $375

lies-heilmann-koa-titl-8

Lies Heilmann “koa titl 8” $250

Sally-Schaedler-Rand-9

Sally Schaedler “Rand 9” $380

Nina-Beslic-Shadwell-II-London

 Nina Beslic “Shadwell II, London” $150

craig-Anzzelowitz-buddha-forest

Craig Anczelowitz “Untitled Buddha Forest (Mini Statue #2)” $140

Siri-Tenden-blue-boat-pink-sail

Siri Tenden “Blue boat with pink sail on deck” $250

Paco-Vila-Guillen-untitled-9

Paco Vila Guillen “Untitled 9” $100

patricia-schnall-gutierrez-domestic-duality

Patricia Schnall Gutierrez “Domestic Duality” $450

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ARTmonday: The Armory Show 2013 (Part I)

Last week I got an email from The Armory Show announcing its partnership with Artsy. Oddly, I haven’t really explored the site before. I haven’t quite yet either (will revisit with a post on Artsy very soon), because I was preoccupied with browsing the 2400+ works that will be exhibited at The Armory Show 2013 in New York City, March 7 – 10.

The works are predominantly by established and iconic artists, though I also discovered a number I wasn’t personally familiar with, and a few that were even affordable. (Not all list prices, but there’s an “inquire” button if you’re so inclined.) I found 40 pieces on Artsy from The Armory Show that I really liked, keeping in mind a mix of medium and era. (My absolute favorite, love, love, love, is Gary Hume’s “The Beach.” It’s probably tens of thousands… afraid to check.)  Here’s the first batch. More later. I’ll also go back add in the medium of each. Off to an appointment now. . .

Anish-Kapoor-Blue-Shadow-2013

Anish Kapoor, Blue Shadow, 2013
4 color etchings; edition of 39
$32,000, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery

Alexander-Calder-Macarons-Multicolores-1969

Alexander Calder, Macarons Multicolores, 1969
Gouache on paper
Hirschl & Adler Modern

Charles-Freger-Caretos-Lazarim-Portugal-2010-2011

Charles Freger, Caretos Lazarim, Portugal, 2010-2011
Inkjet print; edition 5 + 2AP
Yossi Milo Gallery

Carla-Chaim-Three-folds-2012

Carla Chaim, Three folds, 2012
Oil bar on folded Japanese paper
Galeria Raquel Arnaud

Alex-Prager-3-14pm-Pacific-Ocean-&-Eye-#9-2012

Alex Prager, 3:14pm, Pacific Ocean & Eye #9, 2012
Edition 5/9
Yancey Richardson

Peter-Halley-Untitled-2012

Peter Halley, Untitled, 2012
Acrylic and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
$36,000, Galeria Senda

Bjorn-Basen-Taffel-(Undead)-II-2012

Bjørn Båsen, Taffel (Undead) II, 2012
oil on canvas
$11,000, Galleri Brandstrup

Augusta-Wood-Susan-Front-Hall-(1979,2012,2012)-2013

Augusta Wood, Susan Front-Hall (1979,2012,2012), 2013
Chromogenic print
$2,500 – $5,000, Angles Gallery

Fred-Wilson-Promise-2012

Fred Wilson, Promise, 2012
Acrylic on canvas, blown glass
Rena Bransten Gallery

Gary-Hume-The-Beach-200812

Gary Hume, The Beach, 2008/12
Charcoal on paper, UV perspex & gloss paint
Galleria Lorcan O’Neill

Georg-Baselitz-Junge-Susanne-2010

Georg Baselitz, Junge Susanne, 2010
Pen, watercolor and indian ink
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard

Gil-Heitor-Cortesao-Piscina-Interior-2011

Gil Heitor Cortesão, Piscina Interior, 2011
Pedro Cera

Henri-Matisse-Formes-1947

Henri Matisse, Formes, 1947
Pochoir printed in colors
Sims Reed Gallery

Joel-Meyerowitz-Truro-1976

Joel Meyerowitz, Truro, 1976
Chromogenic print; printed 2007; edition of 10
Howard Greenberg Gallery

Dennis-Marsico-Summer-Stock-Mature-couple-in-search-of-single-bi-fem-2012

Dennis Marsico, Summer Stock: Mature couple in search of single bi-fem, 2012
Archival pigment print
$2,500 – $5,000; Spaces Corners

John-OConnor-Portrait-of-a-Psychopath-2012

John O’Connor, Portrait of a Psychopath, 2012
Graphite, colored pencil on paper
Pierogi

Julie-Cockburn-Quietude-2013

Julie Cockburn, Quietude, 2013
Yossi Milo Gallery

Jun Kaneko-Untitled-dagno-(09-04-11)-2009

Jun Kaneko, Untitled dagno (09-04-11), 2009
Ceramic, glass
Rena Bransten Gallery

Justin-Almquist-Studio-2011

Justin Almquist, Studio, 2011
Collage and acrylic on canvas
Galerie Crone

Max-Ernst-Les-jeunes--et-les-jeux-twisstent-1964

Max Ernst, Les-jeunes et les jeux twisstent, 1964
Oil on canvas
Die Galeri

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ARTmonday: TurningArt

Sorry for the late night post. Spent the snowy weekend organizing cabinets and hanging with friends, including interior designer Alison Sheffield and photographer Stephen Sheffield, when I guess I should have been blogging. Then today, had a whole bunch of style stories due to the Boston Globe. I was kinda thinking of skipping out early tonight to bed, but I just got an email from a Boston area company called TurningArt, so here we go.

The Boston-based start-up, founded by 35-year-old seasoned webpreneur Jason Gracilieri, is a sort of Netflix for art. For $10/month, the site will send you a framed print of an original artwork of your choosing, which you can swap as often as you like. Shipping is free and and membership dollars get banked as ArtCredit, which can be used to buy prints or original pieces from the site.

After a quick survey about your taste (literal vs. abstract), your way of life (city vs. suburbs), and how you approach it (conversation starter vs. laugh inducer), TurningArt assigns you a “Personal Curator.” Mine’s name is Mari. “She” curated  ten pieces for me to kickstart my collection. The pieces were a bit more representational and traditional than my actual leanings. Here’s  a sampling of artwork I found by browsing that I could live with:

the first encounter. By Casey David

The First Encounter, Casey David

Close VHS (Entry Hall Wallpaper) By Hollis Brown Thornton

Close VHS (Entry Hall Wallpaper), Hollis Brown Thornton

Flamingo By Josh Goehring

Flamingo, Josh Goehring

Rally Day By Brantner DeAtley

Rally Da, Brantner DeAtley

Times Square I By Marietta Leung

Times Square I, Marietta Leung

Close Land Study no 77 By Peter Roux

Close Land Study no 77, Peter Roux

flat broke By Theresa Anderson

Flat Broke, Theresa Anderson

Close Dress Display By Abby Murphy

Close Dress Display, Abby Murphy

Short break By Simon Kogan

Short Break, Simon Kogan

Tyler Robbins Photograph

Kingsford, Tyler Robbins

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ARTmonday: Miju Lee

I saw one of Miju Lee’s colored pencil drawings on Pinterest last week and thought it was charming, so I clicked through to investigate. Here is a sampling of her work, in various mediums, including colored pencil, painting, and collage.

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MIJU LEE ARTIST

MIJU LEE ARTIST

MIJU LEE ARTIST

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MIJU LEE ARTIST

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MIJU LEE ARTIST

MIJU LEE ARTIST STUDY

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 miju lee

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ARTmonday: Flower Constructions by Anne Ten Donkelaar

Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar‘s “flower Constructions” are magical, fantastical. These three-dimensional garden collages almost makes you believe in fairies, or at least imagine the place where fairies would dwell. Donkelaar creates these wonders using dried, pressed stems and blooms and cutouts of flower pictures raised from the background with tiny slivers of pins. She has a similar series, “Broken Butterflies,” that is as slightly more scientific. Each of these flower habitats though are truly a wonderland.

Flower construction #17

Flower construction #17 (detail)

Flower construction #17 (detail)

Flower construction #17 (detail)

Flower construction #2 (detail)

Flower construction #14 (detail)

Flower construction #16 (detail)

Flower construction #3

Flower construction #3 (detail)

Flower construction #7 (detail)

Flower construction #8 (detail)

Flower construction #13

Flower construction #12

Flower construction #12 (detail)

ELLE Inside Design 2011
Bench by Onno Donkers

 

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ARTmonday: Amanda Barr

On Thursday I saw the below artwork, “Transforming Masses,” on Madewell’s blog and immediately loved it. It’s promoting new works by the artist, Amanda Barr, on view at the Williamsburg outpost of Brooklyn clothing boutique, Bird. The work is  based on her recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she worked in a printshop on mono prints. There are also landscapes and portraits inspired by a science fiction concept involving fields of gases and minerals and alien bodies that are metamorphosing and diffusing. I love her use of color and the dreamy compositions. To me, “A Foreign Sea” is reminiscent of Chagall. I’ve also included a sampling of some older, more whimsical multimedia pieces at the end.

Transforming Masses

Some Organisms

Mysterious  View

Resting

A Foreign Sea

Clayton Volcano

Bringing Good News

Mr. Squash

Older works from Branch Gallery

Golden Owl

Jesus Jeans

Earth Boulder, Fire Boulder, Sky Boulder

Hippo with Flowerflage

Beached Whale of Nightime

Geyser

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ARTmonday: Jaime C. Knight and Lena Wolff

I’ve been hanging on to these mixed media works by artists Jaime C. Knight and Lena Wolff since last year (I probably discovered them on The Jealous Curator). This bright and clear summer day seemed like the perfect time to post them. Knight is a grad student at the University of Iowa studying printmaking, and Wolff earned a degree in printmaking at San Francisco State University back is 2003. They showed together at Lake Gallery at San Francisco. First Came Love, which also blogged about the pieces, included a statement from Wolff about the exhibit:

“In the Beginning” features a body of new work and collaborations made by Jaime Knight and I in 2010. Leading up to the show, Jaime and I shared a studio space and worked in response to each other both on individual and jointly made pieces that communicate back and forth in a symbolic narrative. The exhibit includes paper collages, graphite drawings and a light sculpture which draw upon existing and imagined creation myths. Working with elements of light, reflection and patterns of layered collage using a palette of whites, graphite gray and an array of metallic and iridescent surfaces, the work depicts biomorphic mountains, the force of a comet, a haunting tree of life and clusters of expansive constellations.” 

What Was, Is and Always Will Be

(My) Morning Star

Gold Feather

Paper Mountain
paper collage with iridescent oil stick, varnish, mica, and hole punch

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