5 Artists to Remind You That Summer is Coming

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David Hockney, Swimming Pool (1978–1980). Courtesy of HK Art Advisory + Projects.

Does this unseasonably chilly and cloudy weather have you down? Here in New York, spring might not have gotten the “April showers bring May flowers” memo—or is just a month behind—but we’re here to remind you that summer is just around the corner, we promise. Though it feels like a lifetime away, there’s plenty to look forward to: from flowers to BBQs to days spent by the pool, we rounded up a few artists to jog your memory of the warmer days ahead.

BBQ: Robert C. Jackson

Robert C. Jackson, Burgers. Courtesy of Somerville Manning Gallery.

Robert C. Jackson, Burgers. Courtesy of Somerville Manning Gallery.

Who doesn’t love a summer BBQ with burgers, hot dogs, beer, and the occasional veggie burger? American artist Robert C. Jackson’s work Burgers is a way to visualize all of the treats you’ll be consuming in the coming months. Jackson’s realistically painted towers of burgers will have you craving summer snacks in no time. Toss your sad desk lunch aside.

Tan Lines: Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann, Helen Nude (1981). Courtesy of Bukowskis Stockholm.

Tom Wesselmann, Helen Nude (1981). Courtesy of Bukowskis Stockholm.

Tan lines come and go, but the ones in Tom Wesselmann’s Helen Nude screenprint will last forever. Whether or not you appreciate a good tan line IRL, you most likely enjoy time spent in the sun. Wesselmann uses these patches of pale skin throughout his work to highlight the female form and add an extra erotic layer to his imagery. Let this work serve as a reminder to always put on sunscreen because—while you generally can’t avoid tan lines—at the very least, you can avoid sunburns.

Flowers: Alex Katz

Alex Katz, White Roses (2014). Courtesy of Vertu Fine Art.

Alex Katz, White Roses (2014). Courtesy of Vertu Fine Art.

Sick of bodega bouquets and ready to get outside to pick some fresh flowers? Remind yourself of all the time you’ll be spending in the garden with Alex Katz’s screenprint White Roses. These flowers are sure to last a lot longer than traditional arrangements and will brighten up any room, thanks to Katz’s deceptively simple take on flowers highlighted by his minimal and flat use of color. While your summer garden may be a bit more colorful than his screenprints, take some inspiration from his works and pick flowers with a similarly restrained approach. Very classy.

Pools: David Hockney

David Hockney, Swimming Pool (1978–1980). Courtesy of HK Art Advisory + Projects.

David Hockney, Swimming Pool (1978–1980). Courtesy of HK Art Advisory + Projects.

We don’t know about you, but this dreary drizzle has us daydreaming of getting splashed in the pool—not by raindrops from umbrellas and taxis. The colorful scene in David Hockey’s Swimming Pool lithograph will remind you of a leisurely day spent by the pool, cocktail in hand. A classic motif for the Californian artist, his masterful use of many shades of blue evokes the refreshing appeal of a dip in the water. Tah-dah: you are now officially California dreamin’ on a cold spring day.

Drinking: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, Committee 2000 (1982). Courtesy of Conzen.

Andy Warhol, Committee 2000 (1982). Courtesy of Conzen.

End your hot summer daydreams with a revitalizing drink in hand. It’s a pleasant way to end the day anytime of the year, but nothing is more relaxing than taking a moment to yourself, cold beverage in hand, after a long commute. Andy Warhol’s Committee 2000 print will serve as a splashy reminder of rooftop cocktails to be had. Cheers to summer!

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