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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.

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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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Sunday Bouquet: Frozen and Still

Frozen Flowers On Wintry Day

“Winter Flowers” by M. Raj

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ARTmonday: Women Thinking

I think it’s been awhile since I’ve done a roundup of women. If you follow this column, you know I am enamored of artwork picturing the female form, both clothed and undressed. I am particularly drawn to images exuding a sense of melancholy. These 25 artworks picture women sitting, many hugging their knees, seemingly lost in thought. Some are well-known oil paintings by artistic masters, others fashion photographs, some illustrations, and others simply pieces by contemporary artists found around the web, including Saatchi Online, Etsy, and the artist’s own websites. Which woman moves you?

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Edward Hopper

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Helmut Newton

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 Judy Jones

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Kristin Shaw

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Karen Darling

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Clare Elsaesser

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Leanne Surfleet

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Pierre Bonnard

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Vincent van Gogh

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Wayne Pate

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Cayetano De Arquer Buigas

dance

Raul Romo

dress on beach

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unidentified

flower-head

Lukasz Wierzbowski

mid cent mod

Lina Scheynius

Miss Moss - Myrtle Illustrated

Ellen Surrey

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Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio

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Tsigijari Foujita

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Pablo Picasso

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Clare Shilland

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Stephen Poling

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Eilif Amundsen

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David Cobley

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Oscar Dominguez

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ARTmonday: Winter Trees

Back in April, I published ARTmonday: 22 Trees.  When I realized I kept noticing artwork with trees, I decided to feature more wintry subjects. And since we got our first big snow in Boston, now’s the perfect time. Trees are really great if you’re working with a large space. Landscape murals (oh, I must do a Montage post with these!) or digitally printed oversize canvases can make a big impact, especially in a spare space.  The icicles hanging from the birch tree in your backyard could look great blown up. Ocean waves for that matter also look cool; very relaxing. Ikea carries an oversize ocean wave canvas print that my friend Deb, who’s an architect, hung in her Florida condo; it has a funky South Beach effect. I may be getting off track… here are beautiful winter tree artworks that might instill some appreciation of nature and colder temps. Perhaps they’ll inspire you? 

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Tree, Amir Peeri

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Tree 5, Andrea Branzi

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Winter Sunset, Peter Rotter

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Frozen Sky, Philippe Saint-Laudy

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Seven Stumps, Beth Dow

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Sycamore, Andrew Wyeth

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Tree, Lilla Varsting

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Outbound, Tony Huynh

Snow Covered Pond By Gregory Hennen

Snow Covered Pond, Wyatt Mt. Pond, Gregory Hennen

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Embracing the Seasons (Odd As They Are), Danielle Hughson

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In the Woods, Dadu Shin

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Belmont Harbor Tree II, Chicago, Daniel Seung Lee

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Elviage Pearl, Jennifer Squires

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Alone In the Forest, Robert Farkas

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Les Petite Choses, Frida Stenmark

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Mats Gutsafson

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Robin Trees, Sandra Dieckmann

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Winter Tree, Didier Massard

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Gift Guide: 24 Artworks

It’s true that art is personal, but if you know somebody well, you should still be able to choose a piece of art that suits him or her. A pretty landscape, a funky abstract, a minimalist still life, a furry little animal. There are a number of subjects and price points for artwork as gifts.

Jane Mount Fashion Bookshelf Print 20x200

Ideal Bookshelf 505: Fashion Print by Jane Mount

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Flamingo No. 4 by Sharon Montrose

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Surf Family Print by Michael Northrup

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By the Lake by Kelly Neidig

Ellen Levine Dodd Landscape Oil Painting

Cape Cod Marsh 10 Painting by Ellen Levine Dodd

Bayview 3 Original Painting Jenny Prinn

Bayview 3 Painting by Jenny Prinn

Abstract Original Artwork Serena & Lily

Mid Century Colorful Optical Art Study by Dellard Cassity

Sally Benedict King Original Paintings Furbish Studio

Cacti Sun Painting by Sally King Benedict

Abstract Painting By Megan Donnelly

Terrace Painting by Megan Donnelly

Abstract Painting By Keila Marino

Expletion Painting by Keila Marino

Lulu DK Abstract Art Collage Screen Print

Boom2 Framed Print by Lulu DK

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Curiosity Framed Print by Jon Bertelli

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Bruce Sleeping Giclee Print by Elizabeth Mayville

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Rise & Shine Framed Screenprint by Becky Hui Chan

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Circle Poster Issue 3 by Travis Robertson

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Apple Screen Print by G. Anderson

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Sebastian’s Typewriter by AC Photography

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Untitled (Salvation) Print by Mitch Paster

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Rise of the Setting Sun Print by Wayne Pate

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Contemporary Bold Abstract Painting by Warren Snodgrass

Lulu DK Floral Print

Juniper Framed Print by Lulu DK

Kate Lewis Chair Interior Artwork

Dash of Disco Giclee Print by Kate Lewis

Britt Bass Abstract Artwork

He and I Print by Britt Bass

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Kate 2 Photograph by Burton Machen

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ARTmonday: 13 Photographs from Lumitrix

There’s a new online gallery that deals exclusively in contemporary photography—Lumitrix. Each print offered is a limited edition and retails at $80 ($220 framed). The London-based  gallery currently represents just 13 photographers, but each is brilliant. Among them, Matilda Temperley (fashion designer Alice Temperley’s younger sister) focuses on dancers, while 23-year-old artist Kannagi Khanna wows with a series featuring celebrity images juxtaposed against Indian women. Here are some of my Lumitrix favorites.

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Sindri, Astrid Harrisson

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Vertebral, Oliver Barnett
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Fes No. 1, Ritty Tacsum
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Kate Winslet—Geeta, Kannagi Khanna
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Magdalene Fjord, Leonid Tishkov

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Hutt One, Steve Back

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Orange Abstract, Steven Glass

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Yellow Butterfly, Holly Wilmeth

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Lavender, Joanna McClure

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Flora, Banoo Batliboi

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African Boy, Matilda Temperley

UPDATE:  Lumitrix just sent along two new images that aren’t online yet, to share here.

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Matilda Temperley

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ZinniaJoanna McClure

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