Home Design Events, Summer 2013

Where to go and what to read for your summer design fix.


Photo by Thomas Mueller (Holly, Rose Dress, by Ridley Howard, 2011, oil on linen)

Young and Modern

Ridley Howard, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, plays with color and geometry to create stunning portraits, landscapes, and abstractions. In his MFA exhibit “Fields and Stripes,” the artist combines pop-culture images with the classical Italian styles he studied while abroad.

5/11–10/27, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300, mfa.org.


Courtesy of the artist (Luther Price, Number 9 II, 2012, 80 handmade slides and carousel projection, variable dimensions)

Rising Stars

This summer, the ICA showcases the work of this year’s four Foster Prize finalists: Sarah Bapst, Katarina Burin, Mark Cooper, and Luther Price (whose work is pictured above). One winner will receive the $25,000 prize, awarded every two years to a local artist.

5/1–7/14, Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3100, icaboston.org.


Yuri Kobayashi

Wood World

With “Furniture with Soul II,” Gallery Naga continues its celebration of all things wood. The new exhibition will showcase the elegant work of contemporary furniture-makers and artists, including Daniel Lacey, Yuri Kobayashi (whose work is pictured above), and Tom Loeser.

5/31–7/13, Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-9060, gallerynaga.com.


Elise Wagner (Celestial Cartography 1)

Cosmic Flair

Portland, Oregon–based artist Elise Wagner is considered one of the country’s top encaustic painters. Working with molten beeswax, dry pigments, natural resins, and paint, she creates beautiful, dreamlike imagery heavily influenced by natural phenomena.

6/5–6/30, Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Ste. 57, Boston, 617-859-7222, chaseyounggallery.com.


Photos by Henry Clarke (Virna Lisi for Vogue, 1968)

The Crown Jewels

The embodiment of opulence, Greek-Italian design house Bulgari has dazzled fans for more than 125 years. An ideal volume for lovers of glamour and celebrity, the Bulgari Portfolio offers an elegant jewelry retrospective modeled by such timeless stars as Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, and Sophia Loren.

Out 6/18, $55, Skira.

Adam Parker Smith: “Thanks”

Stolen objects, taken from artists’ studios, are the subject of this fun exhibit.

4/27–6/15, LaMontagne Gallery, 555 E. 2nd St., Boston, 617-464-4640, lamontagnegallery.com

Eric Zener 

Zener’s brightly colored, hyper-real oil paintings capture the life aquatic.

5/18–6/15, Lanoue Fine Art, 125 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-4400, lanouefineart.com.

Houses of Maine 

Like a love letter to coastal Maine, this book showcases projects designed by the Blue Hill–based firm Elliott and Elliott Architecture.

Out 5/28, $40, Princeton Architectural Press. 

Xavier Rodés 

Precisely drawn coastline scenes by the Spanish artist Xavier Rodés will be on display.

6/1–7/1, Axelle Fine Arts, 91 Newbury St., Boston, 617-450-0700, axelle.com.

Masterpieces of Modern Design 

This tome features work by Frank Lloyd Wright, Christian Dior, Rem Koolhaas, and Vivienne Westwood.

Out 6/4, $20, Carlton Books.

Lesley Cohen: “Visible Trace”

Boston-area artist Lesley Cohen’s haunting charcoal-and-chalk pastel drawings transform ordinary objects into high art.

6/5–6/29, Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-451-3605, bromfieldgallery.com.

“Respect & Renewal: Three Generations of Hamada Ceramics”

On view is meticulous pottery by the famed Hamada family—Shoji; his son, Shinsaku; and his grandson, Tomoo.

6/8–7/15, Pucker Gallery, 171 Newbury St., Boston, 617-267-9473, puckergallery.com.

“Vintage Travel Posters: Italy”

Explore bold Italian travel posters from the 1920s and 1940s, as well as a selection of original luggage labels from around the world.

6/15–9/2, International Poster Gallery, 205 Newbury St., Boston, 617-375-0076, internationalposter.com.

Chris Armstrong: “Ocean and Sky” 

Gloucester native Chris Armstrong captures the power and beauty of the sea in his masterful paintings.

6/20–7/10, Beth Urdang Gallery, 129 Newbury St., Boston, 781-264-1121, bethurdanggallery.com.

Bruce Davidson: “East 100th Street”

This exhibition reintroduces prints by the American photographer Bruce Davidson that were originally shown at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970.

Runs through 9/8, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300, mfa.org.