Where to Go and What to Read for Your Summer Design Fix

Pucker Gallery

courtesy of pucker gallery (Yin Yang I, Jamshedpur, and neel, by monika correa)

Well Woven

Pucker Gallery showcases Monika Correa’s textile art, imported from her home in Mumbai, at its new “Echoes in Fiber” exhibition. The artist creates optical illusions in her intricate work—also on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi—by removing the reed at certain points in the weaving process, allowing the warp threads to move freely within her otherwise tightly constructed pieces.

5/31–7/13, 171 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-9473, puckergallery.com.

 

Vessels Gallery

courtesy of vessels gallery and the artist (succulent, by angela cunningham)

Food for Thought

Layered in nearly a dozen handmade glazes and slips, Somerville artist Angela Cunningham’s soft, curving porcelain ceramics are inspired by nature’s many forms—fruits, vegetables, flowers. At her Vessels Gallery exhibition this summer, “Succulent,” she reveals how closely these organic shapes mirror the human body.

6/6–7/6, 71 Thayer St., Boston, 617-426-1950, vesselsgallery.com.

 

Gallery Naga

Courtesy of Gallery Naga (Three Engines, by Harold Reddicliffe)

Chasing Rainbows

The vibrant work of Rick Fox, Rachel Gross, Harold Reddicliffe (pictured), and John Garrett Slaby takes center stage at Gallery Naga’s “Color Ways” exhibition. While each artist has a unique style, one thing they all share is a penchant for color-blocking.

6/6–7/11, 67 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-9060, gallerynaga.com.

 

Galatea Fine Arts

courtesy of galatea fine arts (ascending, by Maggie McCauley)

Shades of Gray

What can black-and-white pictures completely devoid of people say about the human condition? According to film photographer Maggie McCauley, more than you might expect.
In her July exhibition at Galatea Fine Art, McCauley debuts work that uses the concept of vacancy to explore the impermanence of life.

7/2–7/27, 460B Harrison Ave., #B-6, Boston, 617-542-1500, galateafineart.com.

 

Kingston Gallery

Courtesy of Kingston gallery (Re-routing Lateral Frequencies, by Lynda Schlosberg)

Kinetic Kaleidoscope

Waltham studio artist ­Lynda Schlosberg explores the movement of energy and quantum theory through her vivid, abstract paintings. The result, showcased at Kingston Gallery this July, is a lively, abstract celebration of form and matter.

7/2–7/27, 450 Harrison Ave., #43, Boston, 617-423-4113, kingstongallery.com.

 

Experimental Eating

Courtesy of Black Dog Publishing (Experimental Eating, By tom howells)

Culinary Masterpieces

A delightfully whimsical coffee-table volume, Experimental Eating will tempt foodies and art connoisseurs in equal measure. The 192-page tome explores the intersection of food, art, science, theater, and design, with sumptuous photographs depicting comestibles in sculptures, paintings, and other pieces.

Out 7/8, $25, Black Dog Publishing.

 

Exhibits

Richard Roblin

Roblin uses a palette knife to create the signature grooves and textures in his thickly layered pieces. The result: abstract acrylic-on-canvas paintings—on display at Galerie d’Orsay this summer—that explore geometric possibilities.

6/1–7/1, 33 Newbury St., Boston, 617-266-8001, galerie-dorsay.com.

Eva Navarro

Spanish artist and Madrid resident Eva Navarro’s paintings are characterized by anonymous figures in monochromatic pastel and neon backgrounds, each reflecting one of life’s fleeting moments. Her work comes to the Soprafina Gallery this June.

6/6–6/28, 55 Thayer St., Boston, 617-728-0770, soprafina.com.

Jain Tarnower

Get an up-close look at this Jamaica Plain artist’s stunning depictions of wild and domestic animals (some panels are as tall as 8 feet) at the Arden Gallery in July.

7/1–7/28, 129 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-0610, ardengallery.com.

Ilona Anderson

Boston artist Ilona Anderson, who immigrated to Boston from apartheid South Africa years ago on a Fulbright scholarship, debuts her latest work in an exhibition called “Home Land,” at the South End’s Kingston Gallery. Featuring shimmering works on paper, the exhibition explores the notion of home.

7/2–7/27, 450 Harrison Ave., #43, Boston, 617-423-4113, kingstongallery.com.

Books

Vasily Klyukin: Designing Legends

Moscow-born architect Vasily Klyukin reveals his visions for the construction and design of new skyscrapers throughout the world with vividly rendered photographs and detailed layouts.

Out 6/10, $75, Rizzoli. 

BMW Art Cars 

This volume devoted to the luxury automobile brand features 17 artists who collaborated with BMW, including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, and Sandro Chia.

Out 6/30, $45, Hatje Cantz. 

Night Fever 4: Hospitality Design

Edited by Sarah de Boer-Schultz, this heavyweight book gives readers an inside look at the concepting, design, and collaborative process behind 130 restaurant, bar and club, and hotel interiors.

Out 8/12, $90, Frame Publishers.