Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Sonia Delaunay

Artriver was born out of a frustration with being "forced to settle between the common poster and the unreasonably expensive lithograph or painting." The site sells "rare and affordable art": prints, high-quality limited edition posters, and book plates, by interesting, talented, often well known artists. It's a beautiful, impressive collection.

Gary Hume
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Matthew Korbel-Bowers
Squeak Carnwath
Agnes Martin
Louise Bourgeois
Christopher Wool

Monday, April 28, 2014

yolanda sanchez

Yolanda Sanchez was a psychologist before becoming a painter, and her colorful work is definitely emotional. I'm especially drawn to her works on paper, to the exuberance and volume against the plain white sheet underneath.

Friday, April 25, 2014

animal art roundup

Jason Polan's little giraffe drawing sold out yesterday on 20x200; it was a limited run, available just for the afternoon. But it got me thinking about animal art in general. I post about animal art all the time, so this won't be a rehash or even a real roundup, just a list of some pieces that have caught my eye lately. You can go the vintage poster route; you can pick a dinosaur in watercolor; you can frame a bug or butterfly collection. And Sharon Montrose's animal photos prove that adorable animals are not just for kids' rooms.


Vintage poster

Paule Marrot bird

Banquet's whale is sort of classic
Watercolor diplodocus

Thursday, April 24, 2014

elisa wikey on (new to me) specializes in maker-made—often customized—art, jewelry, and other objects. There's lots to explore here, especially if you like monograms and other personalized art, but Elisa Wikey's tiny illustrations stand out. Wikey will paint a two-by-three-inch card with any image you want. Hatch shows a few pieces with an ironic literary/pop-culture slant (hello, Ophelia's pool floaties). Wikey's style is so dainty but matter-of-fact; I could see a few of these in a child's room, documenting teeny treasures (a pacifier, a stuffed animal, a Playmobil person, an outgrown baby dress).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

lynne millar

Lynne Millar paints sweet, simple landscapes: flowers, fruit, a plain background. Gets me every time.

Monday, April 21, 2014

in the make

Ranu Mukherjee

Got back from spring break and discovered spring had finally come to DC. I also discovered the great site In the Make, which photographs and interviews West Coast artists in their studios, "with the hope of revealing both the richness and the daily realities of creative work." I love the offhand glimpses of materials, as well as the chance to see some of the faces behind the art. It's a great collection of artists; not only are their words and work spaces inspiring—now I want to follow up and learn about their work itself. (For more studio visits, check out Where They Create and The Makers. And tell me about more sites like these!)

Fiona Ackerman
Anne Beck & The Lost Coast Culture Machine
Samantha Thomas
Jessica Snow
Justine Frischmann
Yvonne Mouser

Friday, April 11, 2014

ali silverstein

Ali Silverstein's work is so interesting. The Santa Fe–based artist combines collage and painting—what she calls "layers"—in exquisite compositions. They're bold and delicate at the same time. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

gretel home art

These prints by Miami painter Jenny Brillhart (available at Gretel Home) are making me happy today: I like the offset geometry, the candy colors, even the plain white wooden frames they come in. They'd be fantastic in a group, but at 11 x 14, each one makes enough of a statement to stand out on its own.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

field trip: garry winogrand at nga

The other day I had a meeting downtown and found myself with some unexpected free time (and a paid parking space). So I walked a few blocks to the National Gallery, where the West Building is now hosting a Garry Winogrand show. His street photography (a term he hated) is definitely worth a visit, even if it's just online.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

kelly lynn jones

I just love these photographs. Kelly Lynn Jones mostly shoots landscapes and still life. She calls one series "California Collection," and her images, super sunny but washed out, definitely capture something of what I love about that state: dreamy and beautiful, but just a little off. Little Paper Planes sells both prints and posters at great prices. Look at them and listen to this song, and you'll get what I'm talking about. (Incidentally, Jones founded and runs Little Paper Planes—an excellent online shop that's now a sort of community for the artists it represents, as well as a physical space in San Francisco.)