We hope you are getting ready for a nice, long holiday weekend. If you’ve got the iPAD with you on your vacation (btw, no one in our office is taking one), you can catch up on the posts from the blog this week. After the jump, you will find contributions by blog regulars, Ellen C. Caldwell and Matthew Smith, as well as a great piece we found on GalleristNY.com. Before the jump, you may notice the picture below…Yes, the regular deadline for the Northeast is tonight at midnight! Please, it’s a Friday night, don’t wait with technical questions…Apply Now!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
Filed under: Art Market, Art World | Tags: Chelsea, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Gagosian, GalleristNY, Matthew Marks, NYC, Rachel Corbett, Sean Kelly Gallery, Zwirner
We found this great post recently (along with many others) on the GalleristNY. Rachel Corbett reports on the nature of the Chelsea art scene. What is causing the boom in larger gallery spaces, especially considering that so many have closed up shop in recent years? Read on to hear Corbett’s perspective and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Supersize Chelsea!: In New York’s Main Art District, It’s Go Big or Go Home
“Be careful where you step,” shouted Maureen Bray over a percussion of power tools as she maneuvered past the electricians, sheetrockers and HVAC crew members who have two months to transform a 22,000-square-foot construction zone into the new home of Sean Kelly Gallery, which is about to triple in size. “Obviously this giant hole won’t be here,” said Ms. Bray, a director at the gallery, pointing to what will become a stairwell leading to a black-box theater—just one of three exhibition spaces, alongside expanded offices, a “canyon”-sized library and two private viewing rooms (“back where those toilets are now”).
Filed under: DC, Review | Tags: Annie Albagli, Brian Chippendale, Greg Cook, Julie Chae, Jungil Hong, Kayrock, Kris Chatterson, Kristina Bilonick, Matthew Smith, Vince Contarino
Brian Chippendale came to prominence as a leading figure in the underground art and music scene that blossomed in Providence, RI during the 1990s. At the center of this creative explosion was Fort Thunder, an expansive live-work space co-founded by Chippendale in 1995 that occupied the second floor of an historic mill. Part performance space, part printshop, part residence, Fort Thunder was ultimately purchased by a developer and demolished in 2002, giving way to a supermarket and office supply store. As Chippendale bounced around studios over the next couple of years he went from decorating his walls with prints of his drawings to stretching them over wooden bars like paintings. As he told Greg Cook in a profile for Juxtapoz last June: “I think I got so wound up by the Fort Thunder thing that I couldn’t start fastening them to the walls. It seemed like a good way to make things I could move around. Plus, the walls were concrete, and I couldn’t really staple to them.”
Brian Chippendale | The High Castle | 2011, screenprint collage on wood, 58”x48” (image courtesy of the artist and Arlington Arts Center)
A few of these wall pieces, along with works by 27 other artists, are currently on display in CTRL+P (on view through September 16), an expansive group show co-curated by Kristina Bilonick and Julie Chae at Arlington Arts Center. The show explores new and multidisciplinary directions in printmaking, including painterly treatments like Brian Chippendale’s “stretched paper” pieces and a myriad other approaches. After the jump I look at a few of the more painterly works and I consider how they arrived at this junction between painting and printmaking. –Matthew Smith, Washington, D.C. contributor
Filed under: Competitions | Tags: Deadline, NAP, Nina Gara Bozicnik, Northeast
Now is the time to start applying to our 2012 Northeast Competition! If you are an artist residing CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, & VT, this one is for you!
The deadline is Friday, August 31 (Midnight EST)! Apply online!
We are happy to announce this year’s juror:
Nina Gara Bozicnik, Assistant Curator at the Currier Museum of Art
Artists can now apply online! Simply visit our competition page and follow the instructions. Submitting is easy! Just have four jpegs, less than 1200 pixels at their greatest dimension, and a credit card for the entry fee ($50). Get online and enter today!
Learn more about the juror here.
Filed under: In the Studio, Process Of A Painting | Tags: Ellen C. Caldwell, In the Studio, Jave Gakumei Yoshimoto, Mark Schoening, Process of a Painting
Jave Gakumei Yoshimoto’s (NAP #99 & 102) recent work “Baptism of Concrete Estuary” was massive in size and massively received.
After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Yoshimoto began working on a scroll painting to highlight the destruction and devastation the country faced. What began as a small endeavor, however, grew to be a 30 foot long scroll painting that also acted as a fundraiser for building an art center in Japan in the wake of nature’s destruction.
Because “Baptism” was never meant to be 30 feet long at its inception, though, Yoshimoto returned to his original idea this year, using a traditional rectangular piece of paper as his canvas and a small study as his inspiration. Just as we did with Mark Schoening, we are pleased to feature Yoshimoto’s process through a diary of images. - Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor.
Images after the jump!
Filed under: Art World | Tags: Eddie Martinez, Annie Lapin, Ala Ebtekar, Taravat Talepasand, Kim Dorland, Ryan Schneider, Christopher Davison, Alison Blickle, Libby Black, Beautiful/Decay, Against the Grain, Dan Attoe, Allison Cortson, Caleb Weitraub, Jeremy Mora, Brian Cooper, Wendell Gladstone, Sherin Guirguis, Michael Alvarez, Ana Fernandez, Ryan Pratt, Jesse Wiedel, Aaron Zimmerman, Nicholas Shake, Lily Simonson, Joshua Dildine, Asad Faulwell, Christopher Pate, Brendan Danielsson, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Bob Snead, Paul Demuro, Amy Mahnick, Bill Donovan, Brittany Zagoria, Josh Hagler, CK Lyons, Counsel Langley, Christian Rex van Minnen, Jennifer Sim, Scott Anderson, Frank Ryan, Jason Adkins, Karl Connolly, Nathan Danilowics, Leo Eguiarte, Serena Cole, Kevin Earl Taylor, Hans Broek, Matt Phillips, Robbie Conal, Stas Orlovski
We received word of a great auction this weekend (Saturday) at the Mark Moore Gallery that will raise grant funds for one Los Angeles-based student artist. Against the Grain, according to its creators, 5790projects, the auction will,”feature works on paper that showcase diversified studio practices through a shared medium. Unlike any other charity arts auction, Against the Grain pioneers an artist community-based project in direct support of the next generation of emerging artists.” We are proud to say that many past feature New American Paintings artists will be participating, including, Eddie Martinez, Taravat Talepasand, Allison Cortson, Libby Black, Ryan Schneider, Brian Cooper, Ana Fernandez, Aaron Zimmerman, Bob Snead, Scott Anderson, Jason Adkins, Karl Connolly, and Annie Lapin.
After the jump, you can read the full press release and see all artists that are having their works auctioned off (for a modest starting price of $100).
Filed under: Art World, What's the Deal? | Tags: Scott Zieher, What's the Deal?, ZieherSmith Gallery
“What’s the Deal?” aims to provide artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts with an opportunity to hear the opinions of individuals that help run the art world. We have an amazing network of prominent art dealers and gallerists ready and willing to answer your questions. For this “What’s the Deal?” post, Scott Zieher, of ZieherSmith, answers a question about an artist’s ability to articulate the message behind their work. As always, we encourage you to share your opinion in the comments section.
If we use your question on our blog, you will receive a free issue of New American Paintings, not to mention the opinion of an experienced art world professional. So keep those questions coming (Instructions on how to ask them at the bottom of the post).
Question: Is it a turn-off to galleries when an artist is unable to articulate the message behind their work, even if their work is really amazing, marketable, and cohesive? If not, then how do you help new artists construct a clear, brief message about their work?
Filed under: Q&A | Tags: #99, Ellen C. Caldwell, Masks, Michelle Ramin, NAP
Michelle Ramin (NAP#99), composes colored pencil portraits of her friends and family. Sounds cute and cuddly at first, but not necessarily. Ramin’s portraits depict those close to her in great detail, all while they are wearing face masks. Creepy, yet personal; Scary, yet seductive, Ramin’s works are compositionally and conceptually challenging both on an individual and larger societal level.
Three Aliases, 22″ x 30″, Colored pencil on paper, 2011. Image Courtesy of Michelle Ramin.
What about masks are scary or intimidating? What makes us feel safe? What does it mean to feel safe? What do we all hide beneath our own figurative masks? Can you ever truly know a person? These are all just tip-of-the-iceberg questions Ramin’s work welcomes us to ponder and explore. - Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor
We are always looking for suggestions and ways to improve New American Paintings. Since its inception, the printed magazine has always been about the artists selected for the publication, with little editorial content other than a juror essay. While we have no intention of ever changing its primary function, over the years we have added features like “Spotlight” and “Behind the Scenes,” where we visit the studios, galleries, and minds of current contemporary painters and gallerists.
Filed under: Gallerist at Home | Tags: Deb Klowden Mann, Ellen C. Caldwell, Gallerist at Home, gallery km, Santa Monica
Deb Klowden Mann, the co-owner and director of gallery km in Santa Monica, is dedicated to developing her gallery’s program with an emphasis on LA artists who not only represent the present moment, but also stand the test of time. - Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor