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Boston: MFA, Boston Loves Impressionism

One of my favorite places to visit in Boston is the Museum of Fine Art. I simply love taking the trip over there and spending as many hours there as I can amongst all the quiet, beauty and inspiration. We are truly lucky to have such an enormous museum filled with such great works at our fingertips (okay maybe a little bit beyond our fingertips).

In the past, the MFA has been so gracious in having me organize small groups of Boston area artists, writers, photographers and bloggers for private press tours. You can see my experience with Mario Testino, take a tour of Sargent or join me for Hippie Chic.

Yesterday was a special treat because I had the chance to invite some inspiring Boston creatives and meet them for the first time at the MFA's latest "crowdsourced" exhibit, "Boston Loves Impressionism". I finally got to meet Brayan, Lauren, Cambria, Courtney, Caitlin and Patrick and also got to see some friends Ana, Laura and Surabhi.

There's no better way to celebrate creativity than to learn from a great curator of the arts and Emily Beeny, assistant curator of the Boston Loves Impressionism exhibit was the perfect person to tell us all about the collection.

To see everyone's photos from the show, check out the tag #hoggerandmfa on Instagram.

 "Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer", original model 1878-81, cast after 1921, Degas (Boston's third favorite Impressionist work, with 2,869 votes)

Emily Beeny, Assisstant Curator of the exhibit, standing in front of my favorite, "Ballet Dancer with Arms Crossed", c. 1872, Degas

Credits: Top Row (L-R) "Gustave Caillebotte, Man at His Bath Man Drying Himself, 1884."@patrickcryan, "Vincent van Gogh, Ravine, 1889." @thirdeyechic, "Vincent van Gogh, Houses at Auvers, 1890." @anasantos Middle Row (L-R): "Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mixed Flowers in an Earthenware Pot, about 1869." and "Paul Cézanne, Fruit and a Jug on a Table, about 1890–94." @brayanmess, @hoggerandco, Curator Emily Beene @thebostoncal Bottom Row (L-R): "Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1907." @anasantos, @bostondaybook,"Edgar Degas, Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, original model 1878–81, cast after 1921." @hoggerandco

Boston was given the opportunity to vote for their favorite work from a group of fifty Impressionist and Post-Impressionst masterpieces from the MFA's collection, and the top three were:

1. Vincent van Gogh's "House at Auvers" (1890) with 4,464 votes

2. Claude Monet's, "Water Lillies" (1907) with 3,543 votes

3. Edgar Degas' "Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer" (original model 1878-81, cast after 1921) with 2,839 votes

The top three as voted by Boston. Instagram credit @thebostoncalBoston's love for Impressionism began early, back in 1870, with Bostonians, who were either artists themselves or knew of artists working abroad, buying works at a bargain. This was all at a time when neither Paris nor New York considered theses Impressionist works to be of any value. Lucky for us, right?

Credits: Top Row (L-R): @brayanmess, "Edgar Degas, Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, original model 1878–81, cast after 1921." @anasantos, "Claude Monet, Grand Canal, Venice, 1908." and "Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Grand Canal, Venice, 1881." @hoggerandco Middle Row (L-R): @courtperkins, @laurenswells, "Claude Monet, Entrance to the Village of Vétheuil in Winter, 1879." @cambria_grace Bottom Row (L-R): "Claude Monet, Grand Canal, Venice, 1908." @bostondaybook, @caitrus, @thebostoncal

Of course, one can't look at art without building up an appetite! Laura, Ana and I headed to the glorious light-filled atrium for what we thought would be a simple cup of tea but which turned into a full fledged luncheon. And you know, ladies who lunch....often become subjects for photography...

Boston Loves Impressionism is on until May 26 2014.



Boston: MFA, John Singer Sargent Watercolors

Violet Sleeping, ca. 1907-1908, Brooklyn MuseumIt's always such a treat to visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Remember this?

For me, it's a way to decompress, find inspiration and reflect on my work as a photographer. There's always so much to learn. With the MFA's newest exhibition of Johh Singer Sargent's Watercolors, it's the first time that his most significant collections of watercolors from both the MFA and the Brooklyn Museum have been exhibited together.

I invited some of my favorite ladies in Boston, Elizabeth S who I love to see at Neiman Marcus events, Elizabeth H who I recently dined with, Ana and Alaina who I often have tea with, to join me at the MFA. We were honored to get an inside look of Sargent's Watercolors from the MFA's own Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, Art of the Americas, Erica Hirshler.

When I studied Art and Art History back at the University of Toronto, John Singer Sargent was always one of those painters who we looked to for his work in oils and always for his ability to capture LIGHT. I had never had the opportunity to view his watercolors in person, until now and they are beyond exquisite.

My favorite piece  "In Switzerland" dated to 1905 is of Sargent's friend Lawrence Harrison whose lanky frame barely fits the bed. The fore-shortened view adds to the interest of the painting, highlighting the shoes dangling off the bed frame.

Sargent's watercolors can be looked at as fragmented moments captured in time; little snapshots, all of which speak volumes of an artist ahead of his period. It's incredible to think that his works were created on moving gondolas, along the hillsides of the Alps, situated in middle eastern bedouin camps, even such challenging locales as the Carrara marble quarries in Lucca.

If only Sargent could have used Instagram....

Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, Art of the Americas, Erica Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Simplon Pass: Reading, about 1911, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Simplon Pass: Reading, about 1911, Museum of Fine Arts, BostonSimplon Pass: The Green Parasol, about 1911, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gondoliers' Siesta, 1902-1903, Museum of Fine Arts, BostonBedouins, 1905-1906, Brooklyn Museum

Thank you to the Museum of Fine Arts for having us!

The Sargent Watercolor exhibit at the MFA is on now until January 20 2014, for tickets visit the MFA website.



Open HeARTS Inc. Presents #GoingMobile

I am showing a couple of Instagram photos at the Open HeARTS Inc. "Going Mobile" exhibit tonight from 6-8:30pm if anyone is able to drop by!


Boston: Blogger Meetup at the ICA 

Last night I met up with some Boston Bloggers at the ICA in Boston, in the seaport district. The ICA is a beautiful structure completed in 2006, airy and minimalist in its style much like the art it houses. Some of the works were particularly interesting such as the paintings by Sue Williams, which I think we may have enjoyed a little too much!

Then we were off to Anthony's Pier 4, a charmingly old and nautically inspired resturant on the water. Reminded me very much of Toronto's similarly named and decorated, Pier 4 Storehouse. Can't speak for the food but I liked that they had Earl Grey and that too, loose leaved! Also the service was friendly at the bar!

Here are a few captures from the evening, with EmilySarahAnnaAubrieDanielleClair and Melanie.

Some via Instagram.


Boston: New Wing Photo Contest Winner