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ROLL CALL: 3 Dallas Group shows by New American Paintings

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

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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

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MAKING [IN] DALLAS: Volume 2 by New American Paintings
March 22, 2013, 8:30 am
Filed under: Dallas, Q&A | Tags: , , , , ,

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.”

The Power Station
The Power Station

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MAKING [in] DALLAS by New American Paintings

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

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This wall welcomes you to FWDC.

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Arthur Peña at RE gallery + studio by New American Paintings
February 7, 2013, 8:30 am
Filed under: Dallas, NAP News | Tags: ,

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!

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Arthur Peña | attempt 36 / everything you ever wanted, 2012, scorched pine, polyurethane, screws, hydrocal, VHS reel 12″ x 12″

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MUST SEE PAINTINGS SHOWS: FEBRUARY by New American Paintings

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


Summer Wheat | Onlooker, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

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Human Nature: Q & A with Steven J. Miller by New American Paintings
January 16, 2012, 8:15 am
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Steven J. Miller’s (NAP #96) landscapes are mythical and monumental, distilled and detailed, and most importantly, completely absorbing.  Man and nature play hand in hand in his paintings.


Steven J. Miller| Banking, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48 inches

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

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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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