Filed under: Behind the Scenes | Tags: Alexa Kinne, Andrew Katz, Dana Cordova, New American Paintings, Steven Zevitas
Filed under: Art World, Noteworthy, Vote! | Tags: Ann Toebbe, Annual Prize, Bill Arning, BLICK Art Materials, Brion Nuda Rosch, Daniela Rivera, Erik Parker, Erin Payne, James Rondeau, Jeremy Couillard, Joe Bussell, Josh Reames, Maja Ruznic, Marcus Jansen, Marcus Kenney, NEXT ART, Noteworthy, Peter Boswell, William Betts
As we have previously mentioned, it’s time for our Annual Prize. Every issue of New American Paintings features two “Noteworthy” artists, one selection made by our editorial staff, and the other by the issue’s juror. Those twelve artists are automatically in the running to receive top prize, which includes cash, a gift certificate sponsored by BLICK Art Materials, and a chance to have their work displayed at the Next Art Chicago fair. If you haven’t already voted for our Reader’s Choice component, you have until January 7th! The winner will be announced January 13th.
For the second component, the winner will be determined by a panel of distinguished curators. The panel for the Annual Prize consists of three previous NAP jurors who have not made selections in the last year, including Bill Arning, Director, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), James Rondeau, Curator and Chair of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Peter Boswell, Senior Curator, Miami Art Museum. The winner of the Curator’s Choice will be announced on January 20th.
Noteworthy artists of 2011 nominated for the award included: William Betts, Joe Bussell, Jeremy Couillard, Marcus Jansen, Marcus Kenney, Erik Parker, Erin Payne, Josh Reames, Daniela Rivera, Brion Nuda Rosch, Maja Ruznic, Ann Toebbe.
Works by all artists follow below the jump. To see more about each artist, and to vote, click here by January 7th!
“Helen Frankenthaler, the lyrically abstract painter whose technique of staining pigment into raw canvas helped shape an influential art movement in the mid-20th century and who became one of the most admired artists of her generation, died on Tuesday at her home in Darien, Conn. She was 83.
The artist Helen Frankenthaler in her studio on Contentment Island in Darien, Conn., in 2003, with her work, “Blue Lady,” acrylic on paper. Photo By: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
Filed under: Austin, Heart to Art | Tags: Austin, Brian Fee, Colby Bird, Jim Torok, Lora Reynolds, Mads Lynnerup, Pat de Groot, Susan Collis, Tom Molloy
BF: You show a dynamic lineup of international artists working in various disciplines/mediums. How has the public responded to them?
LR: The gallery receives lots of support and kudos from our community, for which we are most grateful! And it is especially rewarding to see the gallery reach extend beyond Texas. For example when (gallery artist) Noriko Ambe’s exhibition was recognized as one of the Best Shows in a Commercial Gallery, Nationally, at this years AICA Awards Ceremony and when Tom Molloy was selected to represent Ireland in this year’s Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates.
Noriko Ambe | Spiritual America: Richard Prince, 2009, Cut book, 12 1/3 x 17 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery.
Filed under: Los Angeles, Review | Tags: Amy Ross, Ellen C. Caldwell, Kopeikin Gallery, Wolf Pack
“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” Rudyard Kipling said this in The Law of the Jungle and when viewing Amy Ross’ solo show at the Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City, my mind kept coming back to this quote. And as the release of The Hangover, gave “wolf pack” a new meaning, the power of the pack remains. - Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor
Filed under: Art World | Tags: Analia Saban, Andrew Masullo, Anna Betbeze, Dave Miko, Dona Nelson, Echo Eggebrecht, Forest Bess, Gabriel Hartley, John McAllister, Jonas Wood, Matthias Dornfeld, Steve Roden
2011 was a strong year for the ever-resilient medium of painting as artists continued to push the idea of just what a painting can be in terms of materials, scale and subject. I expect that 2012 will be no different. Over the past twelve months I visited hundreds of gallery exhibitions and did dozens of studio visits. Because of New American Paintings, I was also privileged to review the work of the more than 5,000 artists who applied to our competitions in 2011. In short, I looked at a lot of painting, and still, I regularly came across artists whose work took me somewhere completely new. - View the complete list of our 12 to watch in 2012 after the jump!
Filed under: Review, Seattle | Tags: Erin Langner, Greg Kucera, Katy Stone, Myriad, Seattle
Katy Stone’s Myriad visually reverberates throughout the otherwise silent rooms of Seattle’s Greg Kucera gallery. The artist’s vibrant forms of painted aluminum are known for walking lines, fluctuating between two and three dimensions, between the linear and the organic, between painting and sculpture. In her most recent body of work, these explorations expand to include additional mediums, as the oversized collage titled Myriad (You Are Here) extends across the floor, forming a 15 x 5 ft. centerpiece for the show. - Erin Langner, Seattle Contributor
Filed under: Austin, Heart to Art | Tags: Benjamin Butler, Bradney Evans, Brian Fee, Ewan Gibbs, Francesca Gabbiani, Heart to Art, Karen Breneman, KEHINDE WILEY, Lora Reynolds, Lora Reynolds Gallery
Imagine my thrill as a seasoned New York art-goer thrust back into the unfamiliar Texas Hill Country this summer (I graduated from University of Texas at Austin but hadn’t visited the city but once since then), going totally off a strong recommendation from Big Apple friends to visit Lora Reynolds Gallery. Imagine that joy when stumbling into a clean, well-lit white-box, with its raw concrete floor and huge windows, which just happened to be showing former Armory Show artist Susan Collis (So it goes, May 14-July 16, 2011). Since then (and looking back at gallery archives proves it), Lora Reynolds’ eponymous space has consistently staged solo, duo and group exhibitions of local and international artists that challenge minds and emphasize the fortitude of a Texas-based gallery on the larger art world. - Brian Fee, Austin Contributor...Check back on December 28th for Part Two of Brian’s Heart to Art interview with Lora Reynolds!
Filed under: DC, Q&A | Tags: Chip Allen, Heiner Contemporary, Matthew Smith, Q&A
Chip Allen’s letting loose. He’s squeegeed, splattered, and gesturally brushed over his geometric abstractions, and by the looks of it action painting’s winning out. His loose, intuitive marks and smudges run interference across seemingly systematic lines, the resulting balance a taut non-resolution that tugs from opposing ends, even if one end does so a bit harder. But there’s no subjugation here. Amalgamation is more like it, and a methodical contemplation on the all-encompassing potential of his medium — oil in his most recent paintings. Brooklyn-based Chip Allen (NAP #75, 2007 MFA Annual) is exhibiting in a group show at Heiner Contemporary in Washington D.C. I took the opportunity to catch up with the artist and ask him a few questions. His answers and more images of his work after the jump. — Matthew Smith, Washington, D.C. Contributor
Chip Allen | LALC 01, 2011, Oil on Paper, 22 x 26 in, courtesy of the artist and Heiner Contemporary
Filed under: Kansas City, Review | Tags: Anne Austin Pearce, Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, Gallery 31, Greenlease Gallery, Halcombe Miller, Milo Gallery, MOMo, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Passport, Unit 5 Gallery, Work Gallery
While pondering on, and salivating before, Anne Austin Pearce’s (NAP #84) most recent collection Passport I came to a striking conclusion: I’ve fallen prey to the reality television trap. As soon as television producers brainstormed the concept of reality TV I’ve been right behind them with a mental pad and pen ready to dissect the private lives of newly appointed public figures. But now I’m tired…Read more by Kansas City contributor, Halcombe Miller, after the jump!