Filed under: Dallas, Review | Tags: Arthur Pena, BLK JPG, Blow Up Gallery, Bret Slater, Brian Ryden, Cassandra Emswiler, Dallas, David Ayllsworth, Eli Walker, Forth Worth Drawing Center, Francis Giampietro, Francisco Moreno, Gregory Ruppe, Jesse Morgan Barnett, John Dickinson, Kerry Pacillio, Kevin Ruben Jacobs, Kim Owens, M, Marcelyn McNeil, Michael Francis, Michael Mazurek, Michelle Mackey, Michelle Rawling, Nathan Green, Raychael Stine, Thomas Feulmer, Trey Egan, Vincent Falsetta
I want to keep this simple. There is a core group of artists in Dallas making the rounds and putting interesting work into the local and national converstion and I just want to put this hard working bunch of artists on blast. Below are a few images from 3 recent group shows curated by Dallas based artists. Most of the artists in these shows, as well as the curators, have links to their site. This, dear reader, is so that you can follow up on an artist or work you might find engaging. Everyone couldn’t get an image into this article so hopefully you will take a minute and click on the artists names to see what they got going on. So, please, take some time to get to know these artists as they very much want to get to know you. Arthur Peña, Dallas Contributor
L to R: Bret Slater | Nightshift, 2013, 61″ x 16″ x 2″ acrylic on canvas 2013, Thomas Feulmer| Corner Piece, 2013, barbell, four 25lb. weights, stack of magazines, desk lamps, bulbs, extension cords, Cruising Horny Corners” by Lance Laster, nail, and string, Nathan Green| H.D.A., 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable
Filed under: Dallas, Q&A | Tags: Arthur Pena, Charles Mayton, Dallas, Making [in] Dallas, The Power Station, Two Step
Vol. 2: Charles Mayton, The Power Station and the Long Vision
Before I go any further, here is some official literature about The Power Station:
“The Power Station is a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to providing a platform for ambitious contemporary art projects in Dallas, Texas. Housed in a Power & Light building constructed in 1920, artists are invited to respond to the raw character of the architecture, offering an alternative to the traditional gallery and museum context.
Geared toward an international audience and most immediately, the community of Dallas, the bold programming serves as a catalyst to provocate public discourse around art and culture.
Projects and publications at The Power Station are made possible through funding provided by The Pinnell Foundation.”
Filed under: Dallas, Features | Tags: Arthur Pena, Contemporary Drawing Today, Dallas, Fort Worth Drawing Center, Francisco Moreno, Josh Smith, Judy Glantzman, Katie Bell, Kevin Jacobs, Making [in] Dallas, Michelle Rawlings, Oliver Francis Gallery, Sedrick Huckaby
I’m not gonna say that Dallas has a “burgeoning art scene.” It’s been here and it’s full of artists who are not tied to a specific idea of what it is like to exist in a cultural mecca. There is a shit ton of space: warehouses are being flipped into DIY studios, abandoned buildings are being utilized for performances and pop up group shows and there is a re-introduction of artist run galleries and raw experimental spaces. Top notch venues such as Dallas’ Power Station and Forth Worth Contemporary Arts are bringing in international artists and sparking much needed conversations as well. Through a series of articles entitled MAKING [in] DALLAS, I will introduce you to key venues, artists, organizers and overall bad asses in an effort to familiarize you with the rebels of our community. We want to get to know you. - Arthur Peña, Dallas Contributor
Volume I: Fort Worth Drawing Center
One of our contributors, Arthur Peña, is having an exhibition at RE Gallery + Studio in Dallas, Texas. The gallery will be hosting an opening reception for the artist Friday, February 8th from 6-10 pm, with an additional viewing/talk Sunday, February 17th from 6-7 pm, and a closing reception Friday, March 1st, from 6-10 pm. If you’re in the area stop by! Otherwise, learn a little more about Peña and his exhibition after the jump!
Arthur Peña | attempt 36 / everything you ever wanted, 2012, scorched pine, polyurethane, screws, hydrocal, VHS reel 12″ x 12″
Filed under: Art World, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Must-Sees, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Fe | Tags: Exhibitions, February, Must-See, NAP, Paintings, Publishers Pick, Steven Zevitas
One of the best parts of my job is getting to see the careers of artists that we have worked with take off. Artists such as James Siena, Amy Cutler and Matthew Day Jackson were all featured in New American Paintings long before they reached the international spotlight. This month is not only an extraordinary month for the medium of painting at galleries around the country, it is a particularly strong month for New American Paintings’ alumni. No fewer than twenty artists featured in past, or upcoming editions, have their work on view in February. Two of my favorites, Summer Wheat and Benjamin Degen, will be featured in the soon to be released 2012 Northeast Edition (#98).
I want to bring special attention to the work of Sarah McEneaney, who was first featured in the mid-1990s. Based in Philadelphia, Sarah is a profoundly gifted artist, and, in my opinion, simply one of the best painters working today. Her painstakingly crafted egg tempera paintings have always had a startling immediacy. Of the many micro-trends that are noticeable in current painting practice, a certain predilection for “faux-naïve” representation is high among them. Sarah was entrenched in this pictorial language long before it washed over the art world. Unlike many younger artists, her creative direction is not a conceptual gambit; rather, it is born out of an internal necessity. - Steven Zevitas, Editor/Publisher
Filed under: Dallas, Q&A | Tags: Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Darke Gallery, Fish and Folw, Steven J. Miller
On a recent plane ride, I couldn’t help but recall his folk-like imagery of airplanes sailing above mountains, minute in comparison to the power of nature and call of the wild. Miller’s paintings are powerful because of his distillment of reality. Planes hover above a combination of earth and manmade structures, yet somehow feel calming. His use of vivid color planes and flattened space heightens this alternative reality, creating something that sticks with you and makes the world feel a bit more fantastical. - Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor
Filed under: Art Market, Art World, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Must-Sees, New Jersey, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Philly, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle | Tags: December, Must-See
In the 300+ gallery exhibitions that we previewed for this post, we discovered a number of New American Paintings’ alumni on view in December. Jim Lutes continues to produce a substantial body of work and, once again, demonstrates why he is one of Chicago’s leading painters. And check out Dolphin Gallery’s group exhibition “Push” which features several NAP artists, including a favorite of ours, Michael Krueger. Other shows that stand out: Fernando Mastrangelo at Charest-Weinberg, Byron Kim and James Cohan Gallery, and Cordy Ryman and Eli Ridgway. Enjoy the list! Please check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section after the jump!
Cordy Ryman | Shadow Boxed, acrylic, enamel and graphite on wood, 38 x 33.5 x 3.5 inches
Filed under: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Must-Sees, New York, Philadelphia, Philly, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle | Tags: Editor's Pick, Must-See, New American Paintings, November
We reviewed upcoming November exhibitions at close to 300 commercial galleries from throughout the United States to compile this list. Once again, it is another extraordinarily strong month for the medium of painting. Highlights include the feverishly painted work of Alison Schulnik at Zieher Smith, Nathan Hylden’s complex meditations on the studio at Richard Telles, and Llyn Foulkes idiosyncratic landscapes at Andrea Rosen. - Must-See November painting shows after the jump!
Filed under: Alabama, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Must-Sees, New York, Philly, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle | Tags: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, DC, Houston, Los Angeles, Must-See, NAP, New American Paintings, New York, Northeast, Pacific Coast, painting, San Francisco, Seattle
The art world comes alive again in September, as galleries reopen and collectors return from far flung locations. We reviewed upcoming September exhibitions at more than 400 galleries around the country, and there will be a lot of painting on view.
As is typical, many galleries are bringing out the big guns for the new season – from Agnes Martin at The Pace Gallery in New York to a well structured survey of Bay Area figurative painter, Nathan Oliveira, at John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco. Among the shows opening by emerging artists, it is hard to ignore the trend towards abstract painting that has swept over the art world.
Kimberly Brooks | Punk History, oil on linen, 40 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles.
Filed under: Art World, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Must-Sees, New York, San Francisco, Seattle | Tags: Must-Sees
Analia Saban, Cover, 2011 | Acrylic paint on and off canvas, 11 x 14 x 1.5 inches. Courtesy of Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles.
The winter is almost gone, and despite some last-minute snow for those of us in the Northeast, things are warming up across the country. With that in mind, here are our editorial staff picks for the Must-See Painting Shows for the month of April, including more than 50 exhibitions throughout the 50 states.
Our list is broken down by exhibitions by New American Paintings alums (from Chris Ballantyne to Nancy White), and notable, not to be missed shows across the country from artists like Kenneth Noland, Ellsworth Kelly, and Joseph Marioni.
So throw on your opened-toed sandals if you’re in LA, or your snow boots if you’re in Boston, and hit that concrete. The spring season is here — let’s hope it brings the heat.