Art that makes you feel cool

Let these works transport you to chillier climes.

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  • Claude Monet. Water Lilies. 1914-1926. Oil on canvas; three panels. Each 6' 6 3/4" x 13' 11 1/4" (200 x 424.8 cm); overall 6' 6 3/4" x 41' 10 3/8" (200 x 1276 cm).The Museum of Mod

    Claude Monet, Water Lilies

    What it is: Displayed on a gently curving wall, the French Impressionist's 42-foot-long oil-on-canvas triptych transports you to a Japanese-style pond on his bucolic estate in Giverny, France.

    Where to find it: Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9400, moma.org)

  • Courtesy: Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Juliana Force 31.115

    Oscar Bluemner, Last Evening of the Year

    What it is: Park yourself in front of this serene oil-on-academy-board painting. Despite the warm red background, the snowy scene feels decidedly chilly.

    Where to find it: Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave at 75th St (212-570-3600, whitney.org)

  • Courtesy: Heller Gallery; New York

    Karen LaMonte, Reclining Dress Impression

    What it is: Instead of seeing this sculpture for what it really is (a life-size cast-glass impression of a dress), picture it as a giant ice robe that you could slip on during a truly scorching summer afternoon.

    Where to find it: Heller Gallery, 420 W 14th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-414-4014, hellergallery.com)

  • Courtesy: Gerald Peters Gallery

    John Stobart, Grand Bankers 

    What it is: Schooners zipping across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Where to find it: Gerald Peters Gallery, 24 E 78th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-628-9760, gpgallery.com). "John Stobart: New Works," through July 29.

  • Richard Estes; courtesy Marlborough Gallery; New York

    Richard Estes, Staten Island Ferry Arriving Manhattan

    What it is: Peeping this photorealistic oil on canvas may not give you the wind-in-your-face feeling you'd get from riding the real ferry, but at least you won't have to deal with any sweaty commuters.

    Where to find it: Marlborough Gallery New York, 40 W 57th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-541-4900, marlboroughgallery.com). "Summer Group Exhibition," through Sept 14.

  • Courtesy: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection; 1982

    Barthlemy Prieur, Bather

    Barthlemy Prieur, Bather

    What it is: This early-17th-century bronze shows a woman doing what you only wish you could do on a humid July day in the city: stripping down to her birthday suit for an alfresco frolic.

    Where to find it: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-535-7710, metmuseum.org). Gallery 542.

  • Courtesy A.I.R. Gallery

    Anne Percoco, Field Studies

    Anne Percoco, Field Studies

    What it is: This landscape collage was made out of hundreds of images from ads in a New York phone book.

    Where to find it: A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front St between Adams and Washington Sts, No. 228, Dumbo, Brooklyn (212-255-6651, airgallery.org). "Field Studies," through July 16.

  • Photograph: Norihiro Ueno; courtesy Lee Ufan

    Lee Ufan, From Point

    Lee Ufan, From Point

    What it is: A summer rainstorm can be refreshing---unless you're getting soaked. Stare at this multihued watercolor for awhile; you'll feel equally refreshed and significantly less clammy.

    Where to find it: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St (212-423-3587, guggenheim.org/new-york). "Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity," annex level four, through Sept 28.

Claude Monet. Water Lilies. 1914-1926. Oil on canvas; three panels. Each 6' 6 3/4" x 13' 11 1/4" (200 x 424.8 cm); overall 6' 6 3/4" x 41' 10 3/8" (200 x 1276 cm).The Museum of Mod

Claude Monet, Water Lilies

What it is: Displayed on a gently curving wall, the French Impressionist's 42-foot-long oil-on-canvas triptych transports you to a Japanese-style pond on his bucolic estate in Giverny, France.

Where to find it: Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9400, moma.org)

 

 

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