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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

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Petra Stridfeldt

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Andy Denzler

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Barbara Baldi

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Parker Fitzgerald

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Melodie Mousset

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“Hunger”  •  Jovana Lakovic

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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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“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

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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: Last Days of Summer

A collection of images that evoke summer—beaches, road trips, watermelon, cocktails on the patio, swimming pools, and sunsets. Enjoy the last day of summer everyone.

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Charlie Engman  •  Uprise Art

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Euguene Richards  •  Artsy

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Hwan Lee  •  Saatchi Art

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Leah Giberson • Little Paper Planes

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J. Adam Mcgalliard  •  Saatchi Art

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Michael Northrup  •  Uprise Art

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Mario Sughi  •  Saatchi Art

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Bruce Weber  •  Paddle 8

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Joyce Lee  •  At 60 Inches

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Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe  •  Artspace

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Carolyn Monastra  •  Artsy

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Life Through The Lens  •  Society 6 

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Franck Bohbot  •  Uprise Art

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Kirsten Sims

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Pop Pop Photography  •  Society 6

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Paper Whistle  •  Society 6

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Michelle Fleck

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Raymond  Meier  •  Vogue

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ARTmonday: 12 Empty Beds

I’ve spent the last five days resting, mostly. In my bed, in the guest room bed, on the sofa bed outside my bedroom. I think I’m finally feeling better. (I caught a cold from my son, who brought it home from camp.) I thought images of beds would be fitting for my circumstances. Hoping to move my body to the beach tomorrow, in an effort to enjoy the last few days of summer. Here are 12 paintings and photographs of empty beds.

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Robert Knight

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Dan Linden

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Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow

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Cassie Taggart

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Kim Ohrling

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Bonbon Moby

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Ieva Baklane

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Cassie Taggart

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Shaun Lowe

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Winky Lewis

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Dan Wesker

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ARTmonday: Women in the Kitchen

Recently a friend posted a story from the Onion about moms spending “a much-needed vacation performing all her usual household chores while in closer proximity to the ocean.” Always nicer to wipe down counters with a view of the ocean, after all. 

The satire seemed a fitting segue to these quirky photographs and paintings of women in kitchens. Many of these images evoke sexy ’50s housewives, Barbie, and Stepford wives, though some are downright spooky.

Here are 12 artworks portraying women in the kitchen.

Photo By Holly Andres Of Women in Kitchen

Holly Andres, “The Fall,” 2011, Artsy

Photo By Tyler Shields Of Mischa Barton On Kitchen Floor

Tyler Shields, “Mischa Barton Kitch,” 2013, Artsy

Miles Aldridge Photo Of Woman Under The Sink

Miles Aldridge, “I Only Want You To Love Me #4,” 2011, Artsy

Satomi Shirai Photo Of Woman In Kitchen

Satomi Shirai, “Another Cindy,” 2006, Artsy

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Tyler Shields, “Girl in the Oven”

Painting by Audrey Anastasi Of Woman On Kitchen Counter

Audrey Anastasi, “Kitchen Muse,” 2009, Artsy

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Larissa Sansour, “Food,” 2012, Artsy

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Erwin Olaf, “The Kitchen,” 2005, Artsy

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Andrea Kowch, “The Visitors,” Artsy

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Cindy Sherman, “Untitled Film Still #84,” 1978, Artsy

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Marina Abramovic, “The Kitchen V, Homage To Saint Therese,” 2009, Artsy

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Satomi Shirai, “Cleaning,” 2008, Micheko Gallerie

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Paolo Ventura, “War Souvenir #31,” 2005, Artsy

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 Lee Materazzi, “Cleaning Supplies,” 2008, Artsy

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ARTmonday: My Instagram Pics

With all my Instagramming of late, there have been a few photos I’ve been thinking about getting printed. Experience tells me, though, that the prints won’t look great; they’ll either be too blurry, or too glossy, or just not a good enough image. I could go through a high end printing place, but I have another idea—canvas prints.

Recently Canvas Republic got in touch about its service of transferring one’s own photos to canvas. (They also sell ready made canvas print artwork, including abstracts, florals, and pop art prints. It got me thinking that maybe I should try it. I rifled through Instagram images I’ve saved over the past year.

Do you think any are worthy of transferring to canvas (or to a high end print)?

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Amelia’s Lights

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Peony Explosion

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Pink Lady

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Out On the Esplanade

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Dance Glow

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Copper Colander

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Pret a Manger

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Rose Tangled in Beach Grass

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Salmon Bites

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Seersucker And Such

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Rash

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Lunch at Louis’

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Socks Rolled Down

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ARTmonday: Natsumi Hayashi Levitation Photos

When I have time, I like to get lost inside art websites. During one such journey, I started collecting images of women floating. Last night, I was poking around for more photos to add to the collection of floating female figures, when I came across an entire such series on Artsy, by Japanese-based photographer, Natsumi Hayashi.

Natsumi Hayashi, who lives in Tokyo with two cats (that’s pretty much all she listed in her bio), documents levitating self-portraits on her website  Yowayowa Camera (“yowayowa” means “weak” or “feeble” in Japanese). She also gives a bit of explanation of how she achieves this feat, though it was too technical for me to really get it. (I’m so not mechanically inclined, which puts a damper on my own photography skills.)

These levitating self-portraits are a lot of fun. I love her cute outfits and varied settings, from urban transportation centers to verdant fields. She seemed to do them practically daily back in 2011, not sure what she’s up to now. . .

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-14-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-29-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-19-2011

 Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-21-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-23-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-22-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 01-11-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-27-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-03-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-15-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-20-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-31-2011

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ARTmonday: Figures in the Landscape

I think we’ve already established that I’m enamored of images picturing women lying in a field, wading into water, curled up in a corner, or moodily attending to some undefined task. Today’s images are first and foremost, landscapes, then dotted with a single woman, man, or child, group, or crowd. The vistas range from grassy lawn to corn field and from rocky cliff to rubble. They all capture a mood; many peaceful or relaxed, at least one determined, another possible agitated, and others simply unbothered. I think the common thread here, is individuals carrying on with their lives, in outdoor settings. No more than that, than perhaps a certain aura they have, to me.

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David Drebin, Field of Dreams, 2012

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Grit Schwerdtfeger, Distanz: Badende, 2004

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Harry Benson, Andrew Wyeth, Benner Island, Maine, 1996

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Julie Blackmon, Lost Mitten, 2010

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Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Untitled 1 (Spring), 2009

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 Anastasia Cazabon

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Carolyn Monastra, The Corn Field, 2003

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Cig Harvey, Flood Tide, Self-portrait, Mangrove Bay, Bermuda, 2005

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Meghan Boody,  2008
I requested my young lady to forego her ramble because I was certain of showers

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

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Stephen Hughes, Beachy Head, England, 1996

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Tierney Gearon, published October 23, 2005, 2005
Actress Diane Keaton, from “Another Woman” 

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Kevin Muente, New Years Day

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Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2003

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Rhi Ellis

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Rachel Hulin, Cape Flight, 2012

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Pieter Hugo, Green Point Common, Cape Town, 2013

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Stuart Hawkins, Convenient Location, 2010

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Massimo Vitali, Greenwich Park, 2012

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 Evgenia Arubgaeva,Tanya and the Balloon, 2010-2011

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Tom Chambers, Late For Dinner, 2013

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Marcelo Tinoco, Sunset at Calton Hill (from the series Fotorama), 2009

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Doug Dubois, My Mother in the Backyard, Oldwick, NJ, 2000

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ARTmonday: 15 Bicycle Artworks

No deep thoughts today, or even particularly serious artwork. Just some fun images of bicycles. Over the weekend it was almost warm enough, by Boston standards (and by that I mean it was over 40 degrees and sunny), to think about getting my bike down from its hanging place and going for a ride on the Esplanade. I settled for a walk It’s wet and muddy, with dirty, frozen mounds of snow still scattered, but I’m hopeful. For now (unless I become a different person and hit the new Soul Cycle),  I’ll just enjoy these 15 bicycle artworks.

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Bicycle Yellow Acrylic Print

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Kelly Nicolaisen  •  Show Off

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 Ed Pullela  •  Bicycle

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Elizabeth Graeber  •  Bicycle

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Cecilia Vassolo  •  Ride In Bicycle

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Gabriel Winter  •  Bicycle Pose

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 Matt Furie  •  Bikes

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Run4It  •  Fashionable Hipster Deer

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Vassi Slavova  •  Bike Chick

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Allison Glancey & Craig Seder  •  Going to See My Baby Blue

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Chris Whittaker  •  The Bicycle and the Bee

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Ashley Percival  •  Cat and Owl on Bike

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Erin Wallace  •  Cycling

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Jessica Abbott  •  Red Bicycle

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Walter Bibikow  •  Bicycle Display at Swiss Transport Museum

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ARTmonday: 16 Crowded Beaches

Italian photographer Massimo Vitali is one of the the most known contemporary chroniclers of the crowded beach; his work is au courant for sure. Before Vitali, there was Weegee, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his gritty black and white images, including those of crowded Coney Island. (Incidentally, Coney Island was the beach of my toddlerhood. I was born in Brooklyn, a trend-setter from a very early age.) 

The other day I picked up three pieces of art at Delray Art & Framing (have a look at my  no longer bare beach condo wall), where Joe Davis’ aerial paintings of beaches dotted with sunbathers always hang. Yes, lucky me, I’m in Florida. It’s sunny, a tad breezy, not too hot. The ocean is 100 shades of blue. The beach is, well, a little bit crowded. But really, I’m not complaining, because a crowded beach is better than no beach at all. Especially given that my husband is home in Boston, where it just keeps snowing. (Sorry sweetheart.)

Here are 16 scenes of crowded beaches and waters, some more than others. And almost all are for sale (many as inexpensive prints), so if you’re tempted, click through. You should at least be able to gaze at the beach if you can’t be there, even if it’s a crowded beach.

Massimo Vitali Crowded Beach In Brazil

Brazil • Massimo Vitali • New York Times Magazine

Crowded Ocean Beach Swimmers Bryan Solarski

Beach Goers • Bryan Solarski • UGallery

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Beach Pattern • Alejandra Click • Society 6

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Beaches XV • Oliver Kornblum • Saatchi Art

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Beach • Tim Kleyn • Society 6

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Beach • Do Da • Society 6

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Beach • Pau Salazar • Society 6

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Crowded Beach • Camilla Warburton • Society 6

Built Up Beach Art Etsy

Beach Crowd • Seven Eleven Studios • Etsy

Beach Scene Margarita Kazanovich

Beach of Cadiz • Margartia Kazanovick • Saatchi Art

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Joe Davis • Delray Art

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Coney Island Beach • Mina Teslaru • Society 6

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Bondi Swimmers Close-Up • Gray Malin •  Maison Gray

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Beach • Jennifer McMahon • Society 6

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Sunbathers • The 333 Alliance • Etsy

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Praia Piquinia • Christian Chaize • Jen Bekman

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ARTmonday: Arne Svenson’s The Neighbors

New York photographer Arne Svenson’s series “The Neighbors,” shown this past summer at the Julie Saul Gallery, features his Tribeca neighbors snapped unawares.

On his own website, Svenson describes the project as his having “turned outward from his usual studio based practice to study the daily activities of his downtown Manhattan neighbors as seen through his windows into theirs.” Apparently, according to The New Yorker, the photographer, who normally shoots still lifes, was testing out a telephoto lens that he inherited from a bird-watching friend. He said, “The logical subject was this.”

Apparently, he did so without seeking permission from his subjects, neither to shoot or exhibit their likenesses, or those of their children. According to The Guardian,  two of his neighbors sued, yet a court ruled  that Svenson’s actions were defensible under the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, and that such art needs no consent to be made or sold.

The article quotes Svenson as saying that the verdict was “a great victory for the rights of all artists” but states that he remains wary of discussing the project, stressing that his motivation was only to observe the nuances of human existence. Ok then.

It is a bit strange, though the subjects’ faces are obscured. Regardless, I like the images, especially the first.

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Neighbors #5

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Neighbors #3

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Neighbors #11

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Neighbors #1

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Neighbors #13

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Neighbors #15

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Neighbors #8

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Neighbors #17

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Neighbors #9

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Neighbors

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Neighbors #7

Images courtesy of the Julie Saul Gallery.

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