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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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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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Must-See Paintings Show: September by New American Paintings

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.

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Must-See Exhibitions: A Summer Guide by openstudiospress

Chris Johanson, Hey There, That’s You, 2011 | Acrylic and latex and mirror on wood, 45 1/2 x 54 inches. Courtesy Altman Siegel, San Francisco.

It’s time to break out the sunscreen and the summer group shows (and there’s no shortage of each). 
Our editorial staff have put together our Summer Must-See list for July and August, our guide to more than 50 of the best contemporary painting exhibitions in the country, including dozens of notable and not-to-be-missed shows by masters like De Kooning and serious emerging talent like Matt Connors, Lesley Vance, Leidy Churchman, Chris Johanson, and more. Also included are our picks for summer shows by artists previously featured in New American Paintings.

From L.A. to Chicago, Houston to New York and back, our guide includes exhibitions in every corner of the country. Images and listings after the jump!

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Renowned Artist, Cy Twombly, Dies at 83 by openstudiospress
July 5, 2011, 5:08 pm
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Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia-Fall (5 Days in November), 1977. Photo: Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. (via Guardian UK)

One of the most influential painters in the world, Cy Twombly, has died at the age of 83. Known for his scratchy compositions and “grey ground” paintings, his poetic engagements with Italian and classical verse, and a stylistic and critical divisiveness that spanned more than 50 years, Twombly rose to become one of the most important artists of the last century. Gagosian Gallery, who represents Twombly’s work, announced today the passing of the celebrated painter and sculptor. Although the cause of death is not yet certain, the artist had previously suffered from cancer. He died in Rome, Italy, a country the artist called home since 1957.

Born in Lexington, Virginia in 1928, Twombly actively distanced himself from the major movements of 20th-century art, both stylistically and geographically. For decades, both critics and the public struggled to place his work within the larger Modern art milieu at large, and later, artists like Joseph Beuys and Jean-Michel Basquiat would come to contextualize his work in unexpected ways, catapulting his critical approbation and significance in 20th-century art. He was subsequently featured in the 1988 Venice Biennale, and, in 1995, Dominique de Menil commissioned the Cy Twombly Gallery in Houston, Texas, a permanent site dedicated to a retrospective of the artist’s work, as part of The Menil Collection, one of the most important private collections and public institutions in the United States.

Twombly’s work will be celebrated for centuries to come, and its true influence — beyond what has already taken place during his lifetime — still has yet to be seen. His passing is also especially affecting to this writer. I fondly recall skipping class before lunch in high school in Houston to quietly slip into the Twombly Gallery, not far away, and marvel at his work. He leaves behind an incredible legacy the likes of which we are only just beginning to understand.

Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large

Jackie Gendel at Bryan Miller by openstudiospress
May 23, 2011, 12:35 pm
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Jackie Gendel, Rosacea Dysgraphica, 2011 | Oil on canvas over panel, 16 x 12 inches. Courtesy Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston.

The paintings of Brooklyn-based, Houston native Jackie Gendel are weighted equally in a late 19th-century vernacular and an intense sense of looseness and figurative indifference. The works in her new exhibition for Houston’s Bryan Miller, who recently changed his gallery name from CTRL to something more eponymous, feel strongly rooted in styles like German Expressionism without feeling overwhelming, as if using a Fauvist palette as simply a point of entry instead of subject matter. For all the tropes of “late style” painting found in each, Gendel’s work doesn’t take itself too seriously, as both her brushstrokes and the title of the show make clear. 

Fables in Slang, Gendel’s current solo exhibition at Bryan Miller Gallery, is on view through July 2, 2011. More pics after the jump!

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