Filed under: Art World, By the Book, Features | Tags: 95, Midwest, tim wirth, wirth, wirth motor company
Innovative artists find ways to interact with their fans and come up with witty ways to attract new ones, and Wirth has done that with “Worth Motor Company.” WMC is a clever project, aimed at car lovers that want to artistically capture their treasured vehicles, whether, “New or Old. Fast or Slow. Polished or Demolished. Good or Bad.” Visitors of the site can submit an image and description of a vehicle, and even request to include special items that might make the resulting original painting even more tear-jerking for the current or former holder of the title.
Filed under: By the Book, San Francisco | Tags: Art Openings, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Fecal Face, Jesse Thomas, Robert Bills Contemporary, San Francisco
We were excited to find coverage of Jesse Thomas’s exhibition at Eleanor Harwood Gallery on Fecal Face. Our staff also had the pleasure of seeing Jesse’s work at the NEXT art fair in Chicago when he showed with Robert Bills Contemporary, so we know they are really great in person. Thomas, a St. Louis based artist, will be featured in the upcoming New American Paintings Midwest Issue, #95, due to hit newsstands on August 9th.
For more on pictures from the show, visit Fecal Face (all photos by Ashley Taylor).
For this year’s Midwest edition of New American Paintings, we are excited to feature Lisa Dorin, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, as this edition’s juror, and her selections reflect the exceptional quality of applicants from this part of the country. We are also pleased to feature Editor’s Selections with each competition’s winners, a handful of artists selected by our editorial staff, introduced in our last issue.
The Spotlight feature for this edition focuses on the work of Kansas City, MO artist Peregrine Honig, whose work conflates social hierarchies with fashion and art world affections. Recently featured as a contestant in the inaugural season of Bravo’s reality television series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, Honig lets us in on her time under the microscope and the work the experience produced. (Read a sneak peek here!)
Also included is a brief Q&A with juror Lisa Dorin, providing further insight into her perspective as a contemporary art enthusiast, both professionally and personally, including descriptions of her favorite works in the AIC collection and her own. New American Paintings is excited to include her insights with this edition.
Evan J. Garza
Filed under: By the Book | Tags: Barbara O'Brien, Eric Charest-Weinberg, Jen Stark
The South is a culturally abundant region of the United States, home to the largest biennial of international contemporary art in America, Prospect New Orleans, as well as NADA Art Fair Miami Beach and Art Basel Miami Beach, two of the most important contemporary art gatherings in the country. As the art scene in this part of the country continues to flourish, New American Paintings is eager to highlight exceptional contributions from up-and-coming Southern artists with outstanding points of view.
We are delighted to have Barbara O’Brien, Curator at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, as the juror for this edition, and her selections reflect the diverse makeup of the region as well as her interests as a curator. With this edition we are also introducing Editor’s Selections with each new issue, a handful of artists selected by our editorial staff to be included in the exhibition in print.
Jen Stark, Celestial Continuum (detail), 2009 | felt-tip pen on paper, 26 x 40 inches
For this edition’s Spotlight feature, we explore the recent work of Miami-based artist Jen Stark, first featured in Edition 70. Captivated by naturally occurring organic forms, Stark’s kaleidoscopic palette is inspired by the tropical city she calls home, and her numbered art-making practices make incredible use of ordinary materials. (Read more about her work here!)
As the largest and most important series of artist competitions in the country, New American Paintings is focused on introducing talented emerging artists to the art milieu at large, including contemporary art museums, curators, collectors, and dealers on the hunt for new and exciting work. We are pleased to include a conversation with Miami gallerist Eric Charest-Weinberg, who lets us in on how he builds his gallery roster, his thoughts on multidisciplinary practices, and what advice he has for emerging artists. Also included is a brief Q&A with this edition’s juror, providing further insight into her perspective as a contemporary curator. After more than 15 years, our mission of facilitating contact between artists and enthusiasts remains stronger than ever, due in part to the participation of renowned art professionals such as these. Edition #88 now on newsstands! —EJG
Filed under: By the Book, Competitions | Tags: announcement, artists, Barbara O'Brien, selected, South, Southern, winners
The following artists are included in the current issue of New American Paintings, juried by Barbara O’Brien, Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, and featuring winners of the Southern Competition 2009. You can also click here to read her comments about the jurying process. Also included in Edition #88 is a feature on the work of artist Jen Stark, as well as an interview with Miami gallerist Eric Charest-Weinberg. Now available online and on newsstands!
Luke Miller Buchanan
Adam de Boer
Gonzalo A. Fuenmayor
Charles W. Goolsby
Jonathan Charles Vaughn
As the last juror to review New American Paintings submissions as part of the analog world (is a digital image better than a reproduction that the artist oversees?), the memory of the jurying process is one of being surrounded by hundreds (yes, literally hundreds) of file folders and thousands of 8.5 x 11″ sheets of paper, each bearing the image of a single work of art.
I remember thinking that each sheet of paper was both a sacred trust and merely quotidian ephemera; a print-out of a work of art into which the artist had placed their talent, time, current obsessions, and not a small bit of hope – that amongst all the submissions, their’s would stand out and be selected.
Round One…manila folders being lifted out of the several cardboard boxes in which they were shipped. Round Two…”yes”, “no”, “maybe” piles grew like Leaning Towers. A marvelous evening of sitting at my dining room table, “reading” the images as if they were part of a collection of poetry, an Exquisite Corpse of one image building on the next and the one just prior offering counterpoint of challenge to what followed. Round Three…Artists selected for my solid choices; alternates laid out in a 20 square foot area of a floor. Uncertainties gave way to increasing clarity. Individual images coalesced into the winners of the New American Paintings Southern Competition 2009.
Juror, Edition 88
Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Filed under: By the Book
Selections from Winners: Southern Competition 2009
Juror: Barbara O’Brien, Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Joshua Bronaugh, “Change is the Disease, Doctor, Both” | oil, motor oil, alkyd on plastic, 36 x 48 inches
Gonzalo Fuenmayor, “Apocalypse I” | charcoal on paper, 83 x 52 inches
Charles W. Goolsby, “Coeburn” | oil on linen, 60 x 84 inches
Chris Scarborough, “Untitled (Orbital Debris)” | graphite and watercolor on paper, 19 x 15 inches