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Back To The Digital Future: NAP Site Redesign by New American Paintings
July 24, 2013, 9:08 am
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There have been a number of big days for New American Paintings over the past twenty years, but this may very well be the biggest. Today, we are pleased to present our new web site, which has been in top-secret development for a number of months. This site is both a capsule of the publication’s entire history, and, more importantly, the beachhead for our increasingly digital future.


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New American Paintings Covers Revisited by New American Paintings
December 31, 2012, 8:30 am
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We’ve been doing a lot of housekeeping and preparing files for our new website which we hope to have completed in early 2013. As part of the process we had to document all of the covers, going all the way back to #1. We thought it would be fun to share them with you. Use our comments section below to tell us your favorite cover.

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2012 MFA Competition Deadline by New American Paintings
October 10, 2012, 11:00 am
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Attention current MFA students and 2012 graduates…

We are currently accepting submissions for what has become our most anticipated publication of the year. The MFA Annual will feature painters that are currently studying to receive a Master of Fine Arts or current year (2012) MFA graduates. Even more exciting, we have an amazing juror for this year’s competition. New American Paintings is thrilled to have Dominic Molon, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, prepared to review submissions and select the best and most promising artists to watch.

If you have received your MFA in 2012 or you are a current candidate, you are eligible to enter! The deadline is November 10th, 2012 (Midnight EST). So apply online now! Or, 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.

Painting (Detail) by Benjamin Rogers, Featured in New American Paintings 2012 MFA Issue.


NAP #102 Sneak Peek by New American Paintings

Within the next few weeks the West issue of New American Paintings, #102, will be received by subscribers and newsstands across the country. Juror, Bill Arning, Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX, spent quite a bit of time making the selections you see below. But he also reassures us in his essay that, “There were a lot of ‘almosts’ this round, many of whom could have made the cut, and while that usually is small consolation to those whose friends, dealers, and collectors don’t see them on these pages, it should be comforting to know that this is only the tip of the iceberg of new scintillating artworks coming your way at a gallery, museum, or alternative space near you.”

We hope you will pick-up a copy and let us know what you think!

You can order this issue online or by calling 617-778-5265 ext.0

After the jump see a full list of the artists selected for the NAP #102 and few sneak peek photos!

Cover Artist: Kent Dorn

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12 Must-See Painting Shows: September 2012 by New American Paintings
September 18, 2012, 8:20 am
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There is still time in September to see what New American Paintings’ Publisher/Editor, Steven Zevitas, considers the 12 must-see painting shows of September. After the jump you can find his brief article originally posted on the Huffington Post. And don’t forget we posted a full list of must-see shows for the September earlier this month on the blog!

Robert Lostutter | Courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey

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Must See Painting Shows: September by New American Paintings
September 6, 2012, 8:25 am
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It is September and the art world has come back to life. Commercial galleries around the country are busy putting final touches on soon to open exhibitions. Not surprisingly, many are opening their seasons with shows by significant artists. In New York, Gerhard Richter and James Rosenquist open next week at Marian Goodman and Acquavella Galleries, respectively. In Chicago, original Hairy Who member Gladys Nilsson presents new work at Jean Albano Gallery. All the way across the country in Los Angeles, be sure to catch an exhibition of recent work by Jim Dine at Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art that has already opened.

As I have said before, one of the most exciting parts of my job is watching the careers of New American Paintings’ alumni take off. More than three dozen New American Paintings’ artists are on view in September throughout the country. They range from the well known figurative painter Susanna Coffey to one of the West’s best abstractionists, and best kept secrets, Robert Kelly, whose carefully considered paintings are on view this month at James Kelly Contemporary in Santa Fe. Two past cover artists, Shara Hughes and Devin Troy Strother, are both on view; both have had thriving careers since first appearing in New American Paintings.

Devin Troy Stother | A Black Joseph Beuys in, “Nigga in a gallery with a coyote,” 2012, 14.25 x 17 Inches  acrylic, gouache, fabric and paper collage on canvas, Courtesy Richard Heller Gallery

Two of our favorite alumni, Angela Dufresne and Wendy White, both open exhibitions in New York this month. Dufresne’s intense paintings will be the focus of two simultaneous shows at CRG Gallery and Monya Rowe Gallery. White, whose new work will be featured at Leo Koenig Inc., was first featured in NAP at the beginning of her career. Over the past decade, her painting practice has evolved to embrace sculpture, text, and graffiti. She is now widely considered to be one of the preeminent artists of her generation. - Steven Zevitas, Editor/Publisher

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Ten Must See Painting Shows: Summer 2012 by New American Paintings

Originally Posted on the Huffington Post by New American Paintings Publisher/Editor, Steven Zevitas

The heat has been turned way up on the East Coast, which is all the more reason to duck into a few galleries as you trudge through the city. As is typical for the summer months, a lot of galleries have mounted ambitious group exhibitions, many of which focus on painting.

In New York City, be sure to see: “The Big Picture” at Sikkema Jenkins (featuring NAP alums John Dilg and David Schutter); “Breed” at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (featuring NAP alum Eddie Martinez); “Stretching Painting” at Galerie Lelong (featuring NAP alums Sarah Cain, Kate Shepherd, and emerging Chicago-based artist, Gabriel Pionkowski); “Contemporary Watercolor” at Morgan Lehman (featuring NAP alums Nina Bovasso, Sarah Cain, Ellen Lesperance and Kim McCarty); “Yeah we are friends and shit” at Josee Bienvenu Gallery (featuring NAP alums Kirk Hayes and Devin Troy Strother); “Stand still like a hummingbird” at David Zwirner (featuring NAP alum Ruth Laskey); “In plain sight” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash (featuring NAP alum Anna Conway); “Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday” at James Cohan Gallery; “Painting in Space” at Luhring Augustine; “Context Message” at Zach Feuer; “Hot Tub Time Machine” at Canada; and “Braman, Buren, Falls, Heilmann, Louis, Thurman” at Eleven Rivington.

Installation view. Courtesy of Eleven Rivington.

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New American Paintings Remembers Ivan Karp by New American Paintings
June 29, 2012, 2:30 pm
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Legendary New York art dealer, Ivan Karp, has passed away at age 86. Ivan has the distinction of being the only gallerist to ever juror an edition of New American Paintings – all other jurors have been curators. He did so in early 1997, and the result was Issue #10, which is the only issue we ever published that was solely dedicated to New York City (the city subsequently became a part of our annual Northeast issue). Ivan is also the only juror that I have sat with through the entire jurying process; it was a long, cigar-smoke filled afternoon in the offices of his SOHO-based gallery, O.K. Harris Works of Art, that I will never forget. My introduction for Issue #10 talks about Ivan’s career, and gives some insight into what it was like looking at art with him. It is reproduced in its entirety below. Steven Zevitas, President/Publisher

Andy Warhol Painting of Ivan Karp

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Must See Painting Shows: May by New American Paintings
May 3, 2012, 8:30 am
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May is traditionally the last month of the art world “season.” As summer looms, rhythms change and many galleries choose to mount group exhibitions instead of solo shows. It makes sense, after all, why try to promote an individual’s work when your clients are scattered to various vacation spots around the world? Fortunately, many galleries are ending the season with a bang and presenting A-level solo shows by artists of all career points.

On the higher end of the scale are the exhibitions of established painters like Brice Marden, Bill Jensen and Carroll Dunham. All three are on view this month with shows that demonstrate the continued vitality of their respective projects. Dunham’s show and Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, which is effectively a retrospective of his works on paper, is not to be missed. Many feel that he treads too much on the territory carved out by Philip Guston, but this exhibition demonstrates a bewildering range of work and a pictorial language that is all his own.

New York is always filled with painting shows, but there is truly a lot to see this month. Lower East Side galleries have a number of shows with emerging artists who are pushing painting in all sorts of directions, Michael DeLucia, Noam Rappaport and Ned Vena, among them. At the artist run Canada gallery, Xylor Jane is just about to open an exhibition of new work; Jane is a fascinating painter whose compositional strategies spring from mathematics. Just over the bridge in Brooklyn, past New American Paintings’ cover artist, Ryan Mrozowski has opened a show at Pierogi that is well worth leaving “the island” for.

Chelsea boasts a number of great shows. Don’t miss the work of our old friend Chuck Webster at Zieher Smith; his latest paintings are an extraordinary integration of his painting and drawing practice.  Dana Schutz, the artist who many credit as having rejuvenated the activity of figure painting in the early 2000s, opens her first solo exhibition at Friedrich Petzel this month after migrating from her long time dealer Zach Feuer. There is no way to overstate Schutz’s importance. From our perspective at New American Paintings, she is one of the most important artists to emerge in the past decade, not only because of the quality of her work, but due to her almost instantaneous influence over a younger generation of painters. - Steven Zevitas, NAP Publisher

Dana Schutz | Flasher, oil on canvas, 75 x 88 inches.

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Gallerist at Home: Catlin Moore by New American Paintings

Catlin Moore, the Director of the contemporary Mark Moore Gallery and co-Director of 5790projects, is stylish, youthful and a definite force to be reckoned with.  Though she cites her collection as being “in its infancy” (especially compared to her father gallery-owner and namesake Mark Moore), her art and artifice at home make me drool.  An established arts writer and LA gallerist, Catlin has created a respite at home, reflecting a space where contemporary art browses with library-esque bookshelves, curiosity cabinets, and a tangible life of its own.

I am so pleased to feature Catlin in the official launch of the monthly column Gallerist at Home for New American Paintings.  Following the same inspiration and interface of the interview I conducted with Heather Taylor in October of 2011, Gallerist at Home will showcase American art personas and explore the process of collecting art for both for public and private spaces. I see this largely as a forum for discussing the practice, process, and procedure of art collecting, and look forward to the conversations it sparks. - Read the interview with Catlin Moore by Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor, after the jump!

Catlin Moore at home, Photo by Cambria Beilstein.

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