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Heart to Art: Thao Votang and Brian Willey of Tiny Park (Part I) by New American Paintings
July 17, 2012, 8:00 am
Filed under: Art World, Austin, Interview | Tags: , , , ,

Living half a block from West Chelsea’s gallery scene equalled art overload for this former New York City resident. I figured I wouldn’t find the same convenience in Austin, TX…until I discovered the adorable apartment gallery Tiny Park, within walking distance of my flat. Tiny Park’s petite size belied its creative and compelling exhibitions, organized by owners Brian Willey and Thao Votang. Less than a year after opening their doors to the public, Tiny Park moved to a proper commercial space on Austin’s east side. I spoke with Willey and Votang about their plans for the new, not-so-Tiny Park. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Part II has been posted! Check it out here…


Thao Votang and Brian Willey. Courtesy Tiny Park, Austin.

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The Physicality of Place: Daniel Heidkamp at Champion by New American Paintings
January 30, 2012, 8:05 am
Filed under: Austin, Review | Tags: , , , ,

Daniel Heidkamp’s solo exhibition  at Champion (on view through February 25th) in Austin, TX highlights his strengths as a painter. I write this with the embedded pun fully in mind. He is a master of capturing light—whether tempering a fireplace’s glow into this overall pulsing warmth or emblazoning a backyard with patterned tree-limb shadows. Heidkamp’s light is an emotive presence throughout the excellently titled Glow Drops At The Chill Spot. – Read more by Austin contributor, Brian Fee, after the jump!


Daniel Heidkamp | Narratrix, 2012, Oil on canvas, 36” x 36”, Courtesy the artist and Champion

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Heart to Art: Lora Reynolds of Lora Reynolds Gallery (PART TWO) by New American Paintings

Part two of my interview with Lora Reynolds on her namesake, cutting-edge, Austin, TX-based gallery. Find part one here. – Brian Fee, Austin Contributor

BF: You show a dynamic lineup of international artists working in various disciplines/mediums. How has the public responded to them?

LR: The gallery receives lots of support and kudos from our community, for which we are most grateful! And it is especially rewarding to see the gallery reach extend beyond Texas. For example when (gallery artist) Noriko Ambe’s exhibition was recognized as one of the Best Shows in a Commercial Gallery, Nationally, at this years AICA Awards Ceremony and when Tom Molloy was selected to represent Ireland in this year’s Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates.


Noriko Ambe | Spiritual America: Richard Prince, 2009, Cut book, 12 1/3 x 17 3/4 x 1 7/8 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery.

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Heart to Art: Lora Reynolds of Lora Reynolds Gallery (PART ONE) by New American Paintings

Imagine my thrill as a seasoned New York art-goer thrust back into the unfamiliar Texas Hill Country this summer (I graduated from University of Texas at Austin but hadn’t visited the city but once since then), going totally off a strong recommendation from Big Apple friends to visit Lora Reynolds Gallery. Imagine that joy when stumbling into a clean, well-lit white-box, with its raw concrete floor and huge windows, which just happened to be showing former Armory Show artist Susan Collis (So it goes, May 14-July 16, 2011). Since then (and looking back at gallery archives proves it), Lora Reynolds’ eponymous space has consistently staged solo, duo and group exhibitions of local and international artists that challenge minds and emphasize the fortitude of a Texas-based gallery on the larger art world. – Brian Fee, Austin Contributor...Check back on December 28th for Part Two of Brian’s Heart to Art interview with Lora Reynolds!


photo: Alison Eden

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Must-See Paintings Shows: December by New American Paintings

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

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Must-See Paintings Shows: November by New American Paintings

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!


Allison Schulnik | Yogurt Eater, 2011, oil on linen, 84 x 68 inches

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Heart to Art: Jill Schroeder of grayDUCK Gallery by New American Paintings

When I relocated to Austin from New York City this summer, I became inextricably attracted to grayDUCK Gallery and its consummate Austin vibe. Its location south of Town Lake puts the gallery in walking distance from “Keep Austin Weird” South Congress, and it shares a Zip Code with Torchy’s Tacos and indie record store End of an Ear — i.e. Austin all the way. Then there is grayDUCK’s rigorous monthly exhibition schedule and its strong roster of local artists. I met with Jill Schroeder, owner and director of grayDUCK, to discuss the gallery’s unique presence and her goals for the future. — Brian Fee, Austin Contributor


Jill Schroeder, photographed by Jefferson Harris

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