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Goodbye Fortin.
October 28, 2011, 10:30 am
Filed under: NAP News, Staff

It is a sad day today at the New American Paintings office as our Operations Manager, Jessica Fortin, is leaving the company. During her 5+ years of employment with us, Jess worked her way up from an intern, to a jack-of-all trades assistant to every member of the company. Her ability to juggle multiple projects, produce the funniest sneeze we’ve ever heard, and keep the entire office laughing will be missed. We wish her well as she moves on to a new and exciting chapter in her career.

Best Wishes Fortin!



“Investment-Quality” Art and Whether We’re All Going to be Poor.

[RE-POST] Art Fag City: Market Analyst Sergey Skaterschikov, on “Investment-Quality” Art
and Whether We’re All Going to be Poor.

Sigmar Polke, “Supermarkets” (1976)

“The past few weeks, the stock market has been reeling as concerns about the U.S. and global economy resurface. In an attempt to discover what this means, if anything, for the art world, I asked art market analyst Sergey Skaterschikov for his forecast. Mr. Skaterschikov authored an investment handbook for collectors and an up-to-date investment review that, through market research, aims to function as a credit rating for art.

Skaterschikov pointed to a few trends that emerge in times of economic instability.  Firstly, a booming market emerges for “investment-quality” art, or “individuals like Warhol, with significant liquidity.” In particular, Skaterschikov tells me that the future promises repricing of contemporaries of artists like Gerhard Richter, because Richter’s liquidity has been significantly proven. At the same time, emerging artists, the galleries who represent them, and anybody unfortunate enough to be labeled less than “investment-quality” suffer, because, he claims, their middle-class patrons do not make unnecessary purchases….”

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Size Matters: Chris Martin Paints Big at the Corcoran
August 3, 2011, 10:24 am
Filed under: Art World, DC | Tags: , , ,

Chris Martin. ABOVE: Here Comes the Sun…, 2004–2007. Oil on canvas, 143 x 129 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photo: Jason Mandella. BOTTOM: Staring into the Sun… (4711), 2003. Oil on canvas, three parts, 143 x 129 inches each. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

It’s easy to see Chris Martin’s interest in outsider art. In fact, it’s often written directly onto his work. A close inspection of the collaged paintings in his monumental installation in the Corcoran Gallery’s atrium yields, among other things, a newspaper clipping noting the death of Purvis Young, arguably the quintessential outsider artist. Other works by Martin, many of them installed in the Corcoran’s rotunda, have textual references to artists who were decidedly insiders but whose works alluded to an outsider’s sensibility  artists like Paul Thek and Alfred Jensen. This second category  the insider with an outsider’s sensibility  is particularly relevant to Chris Martin’s work in Painting Big, on view at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. through October 23.

Matthew Smith, DC Contributor

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Dina Deitsch: A Q&A with the Northeast Juror

It’s time to begin preparations for one of our most anticipated issues of the year, the Northeast Competition! (The deadline to apply is August 31, and the competition is open to artists in CT, DE, ME, MA, NJ, NH, NY, PA, RI, and VT. Apply online!)

For nearly two decades, the Northeast book has featured artists of exceptional promise who have gone on to incredible international success, and NAP alums from the region include such celebrated contemporary artists as Matthew Day Jackson, William Cordova, Eddie Martinez, and countless others.

We are beyond thrilled to feature the perspective of talented curator (and friend) Dina Deitsch, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art for the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Lincoln, MA. Dina’s years of experience working with emerging artists for the museum’s deCordova Biennial and her intensive work with multiple media, make her an incredible candidate for jurying the Northeast Competition. 

I chatted with the Cambridge-based curator this week to talk up the competition and her experience with emerging work. She also shares with us her thoughts on recent developments in contemporary painting, which you don’t want to miss. Our conversation is below! More after the jump!  —Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large

EJG: As the curator for a sculpture park and museum, how do you address painting in the museum’s program?
DD: Easily and often! While deCordova is a sculpture park, and a fantastic one at that, we also have a good 5000 sq ft of gallery space that we program with not only sculpture but general contemporary art. One branch of our mission is to collect and promote artists from the New England region, which we do through single-artist PLATFORM projects and our sprawling Biennial program. In that particular program, variety is the name of the game and there’s always room for painting! I also organize group thematic shows that often do and can include or even center on painting, such as the forthcoming show I’m curating with you, Paint Thing (working title), which looks at painting as a spatial art, and where and how it meets sculpture.

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Short-Lived Landscapes: ‘Mad Homes’ + Q&A with Ryan Molenkamp
July 26, 2011, 11:18 am
Filed under: Art World, Seattle | Tags: ,

Installation view, Mad Homes, Seattle. Above: SuttonBeresCuller, The Ties that Bind, Custom polypropylene rachet straps. Image by Bryan Ohno. Below: Exterior view, Ryan Molenkamp, Strain. Image courtesy the artist.

A saran wrapped house resides next to two others that happen to be ratcheted together with red belts, beside the laytex shell of yet another residence.  This block of artist interventions, titled Mad Homes, provides an unassuming side street of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with a large scale, temporary installation. Unsuspecting motorists and dog-walking neighbors stop to gawk at this visual spectacle conceived by MadArt, a modest, local organization that commissioned eleven emerging Seattle artists to transform four houses slated for demolition into sites for artistic experimentation.   —Erin Langner, Seattle contributor

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Painting Reality (& The Streets of Berlin)
July 22, 2011, 11:31 am
Filed under: Art World | Tags: , , ,

Guerilla artists IEPE & the anonymous crew took painting the town literally when they initiated the public art project “Painting Reality.” The project involved members of the crew pouring 500 liters of paint into Berlin’s Rosenthaler Platz where 2000 unwitting cars and bicyclists became artists. They strategically dropped water-based environmentally-friendly paint in every corner of the intersection while the cars spread the paint in every direction. Check out a video of the project below.


(via Huffington Post Arts)



Sweet Spot: A Q&A with Justin Richel
July 20, 2011, 12:50 pm
Filed under: Art World, Boston, Q&A | Tags: ,

Justin Richel of Rangeley, Maine recently participated in the group show Wall Works at DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. In Richel’s mural, appropriately located in the museum’s cafe, cartoon-like desserts fly through the air in the midst of furniture and household appliances. I had a chance to ask the artist about the biggest misconception about his work (that it’s all light-hearted and whimsical) and whether he has a sweet tooth (he doesn’t).  —Kate Singleton, NAP contributor

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