Okay, in all honesty, though I always loved that song as a kid, I always hated swimming. My first summer at overnight camp, they put me in the “Hotdogs” group for instructional swim. Need I say more? The situation didn’t improve until I was 14 and had a superhot instructor from Miami. That summer, I swam enough to move through multiple levels and get my certificate in Junior Lifesaving. But that is neither here nor there. Looking at swimming pools has always been pleasing to me. Hence, let’s have some fun looking at art and pools this summer.

 

HOTTEA

Asylum Pool, HotTea.

Asylum Pool, HotTea.

Roosevelt Island is fast becoming my new favorite hangout. First Frieze New York, now this. As fabulous as it is, during the summer months, New York City can become downright oppressive. Fear not! Now New Yorkers have a respite with HOTTEA’s Asylum Technicolor pool. Better known for his neon yarn installations, the artist applied his technique to painting the pool on the river. It opened for public use last month.

 

Manhattan Park
30 River Road
New York City
manhattanpark.com

 

DAVID HOCKNEY

A Bigger Splash, David Hockney

A Bigger Splash, David Hockney

I couldn’t possibly utter the words art and pools in the same sentence without discussing David Hockney. Though considered a British artist, he is probably most well known for his Los Angeles pool paintings. In fact, in the interest of full transparency, I thought he was an L.A. artist most of my life. His pool paintings are happy and full of light. They are clean and colorful, and make me feel as though I am poolside in Hollywood even when I am not.

 

Pace Gallery
508 West 25th Street
New York City
212-989-4258
pacegallery.com

 

SARAH HARVEY

Emerald Lagoon, Sarah Harvey

Emerald Lagoon, Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey is another English artist (what is with the English and pools?) who is known for her pool paintings. She’s still quite young, but Sarah’s work is already in several public collections. One of my faves, of course, is at my home away from home—Sandy Lane in Barbados. Describing these paintings as “submerged bodies in pools” sounds morbid, but they are actually beautiful. The movement and light captured is pretty amazing.

 

James Freeman Gallery
354 Upper Street
London
+44 20 7226 3300
jamesfreemangallery.com

Oisin Gallery
44 Westland Row
Dublin, Ireland
+353 87 254 9370
oisingallery.com

 

LARRY SULTAN

Larry Sultan Untitled LACMA

Untitled, Larry Sultan. Photo: LACMA

Born in Brooklyn, artist Larry Sultan grew up in the Valley in southern California. Most of his photographs are inspired by this suburban, middle-class upbringing. Most notably, many of his “everyday” images are taken of loungers and swimmers in the pool or by the pool in California. His work is a part of several museum collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

 

Stephen Wirtz Gallery
49 Geary Street
San Francisco
415-433-6879
wirtzgallery.com

Larry Sultan: Here and Home
On View Until July 19, 2015
LACMA
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles
323-857-6000
lacma.org

Xx Lottie Dottie