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Tonight's the last night to experience Victoria Shen’s “Modernist Manicures” pop-up spa at the Howard Art Project in Boston’s Fields Corner neighborhood.

As we wrote last week, the Somerville artist has been giving free manicures and painting renditions of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and the like on people’s nails. “Each manicure is an opportunity to meditate over the Modernist legacy,” the announcement explains, “while sprawling canvases of the early 20th century are recreated in miniature on your hands.

At a closing reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, she and the gallery invite you to “Come show off your modernist nail art in the company of others! Haven't yet had a chance to acquire your own tiny modern artworks? The artist will be offering one-finger mini-modernist manicures during the course of the night.”

Pictured here are a selection of Shen’s finished nail paintings, as photographed by Shen and manicuree Sarah Knight. Did Shen paint your nails? E-mail us your photos and we’ll post them.

Previously: Art Salon: Painting Nails To Rethink Art History

Shen's version of Morris Louis's poured abstractions. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Morris Louis's poured abstractions. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen imitates Franz Kline's calligraphic paintings. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen imitates Franz Kline's calligraphic paintings. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's rendition of Barnett Newman's striped abstractions. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's rendition of Barnett Newman's striped abstractions. (Victoria Shen photo)
For Sarah Knight, Shen painted a selection featuring (from left) Ellsworth Kelly, Mark Rothko, Piet Mondrian, Yves Klein and, on her thumb, Jackson Pollock. (Sarah Knight photo)
For Sarah Knight, Shen painted a selection featuring (from left) Ellsworth Kelly, Mark Rothko, Piet Mondrian, Yves Klein and, on her thumb, Jackson Pollock. (Sarah Knight photo)
Shen's rendition of Kazimir Malevich. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's rendition of Kazimir Malevich. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen here paints Jackson Pollock (thumbs), Helen Frankenthaler, and Kazimir Malevich (square design). (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen here paints Jackson Pollock (thumbs), Helen Frankenthaler, and Kazimir Malevich (square design). (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's rendition of Barnett Newman's striped abstractions. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's rendition of Barnett Newman's striped abstractions. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's mini Jackson Pollock drip painting. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's mini Jackson Pollock drip painting. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Ellsworth Kelly. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Ellsworth Kelly. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Franz Kline. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Franz Kline. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Piet Mondriaan. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Piet Mondriaan. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Morris Louis. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Morris Louis. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Mark Rothko. (Victoria Shen photo)
Shen's version of Mark Rothko. (Victoria Shen photo)

This program aired on March 29, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

Greg Cook Twitter Arts Reporter
Greg Cook was an arts reporter and critic for WBUR's The ARTery.

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