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Must See Painting Shows: June by New American Paintings
June 10, 2013, 8:30 am
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Summer is a time when many galleries choose to mount group shows, and beginning in July, dozens of such shows will open throughout the country. This month, however, solo exhibitions dominate the commercial gallery landscape…are there are a lot of good ones in the mix. Among them, are shows by more than two dozen New American Paintings alumi. I am particularly excited about John Zurier at Peter Blum Gallery, Garth Weiser at Casey Kaplan, and Ann Toebbe at Monya Rowe Gallery, all in New York City. And if you live in Chicago, be sure to catch a two-person show featuring 2012 MFA Annual artists Samantha Bittman and Gabriel Pionkowski that opens at Thomas Robertello Gallery on June 14th.

There have been many strong shows by mid-career and mature artists as of late. This month the trend continues. In Houston, one of Chicago’s best-known exports, Judy Ledgerwood, has new work up at Barbara Davis Gallery. Maggi Brown, a longtime presence in Boston’s art scene, is on view at Barbara Krakow Gallery. Los Angeles boasts stellar shows by John Wesley and Gary Simmons, at David Kordansky Gallery and Regen Projects, respectively. In New York City, Wolf Kahn at Ameringer McEnery Yohe, Phillip Taaffe at Luhring Augustine, Betty Woodman at Salon 94, and the aforementioned John Zurier are all well worth a visit.

Also in New Work City, Matthew Marks has dedicated three of his gallery spaces to the work of Ellsworth Kelly, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Age does not seem to have slowed Kelly down. The fourteen paintings and two sculptures on view were all executed within the past two years. After seven decades, Kelly continues to rigorously pursue line, color and form.  Enjoy the list! – Steven Zevitas, Publisher

Ann Toebbe
Ann Toebbe. Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery.

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20 Paintings Shows You Must See In April by New American Paintings
April 15, 2013, 8:30 am
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Our Publisher, Steven Zevitas, has narrowed down our April Must See List even further on the Huffington Post. After the jump, find out what he thinks are the top 20 painting exhibitions around the country.

Original Post can be found on the Huffington Post.

Anna Conway. Courtesy of American Contemporary, New York, NY.

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MUST SEE PAINTING SHOWS: APRIL by New American Paintings
April 10, 2013, 8:30 am
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April is another strong month for painting around the US, and the recent trend of solid shows by mid-career artists continues. Be sure to catch veteran painter McArthur Binnion’s first solo at Kavi Gupta in Chicago. Across town at Zolla/Lieberman, another Chicago-based artist, Phyllis Bramson, presents a new group of her hallucinatory works. In Los Angeles, emerging artist Rashid Johnson has organized a finely tuned exhibition of works by legendary Washington School painter, Sam Gilliam. Two artists who are firmly on my “completely under-recognized” list, New Orleans’ native, Jim Richard, and long-time University of Iowa Professor, John Dilg, can be seen at Inman Gallery in Houston and Regina Rex in Queens, NY, respectively.

The number of painting shows at New York galleries this month is even more overwhelming than usual. Mckee Gallery is presenting a centennial exhibition to honor Philip Guston – his influence on a younger generation of artists cannot be overstated. Wayne Gonzales looks good at Paula Cooper Gallery, as does B. Wurtz at Metro Pictures. If emerging artists are your thing, you have a lot of looking to do this month. Among the dozens of shows on view in New York that are focused on younger artists, be sure to see Cordy Ryman at Dodge Gallery, Scott Lyall at Miguel Abreu Gallery, Zach Harris and Zach Feuer, and one of my personal favorites, Scott Olson at Wallspace. Enjoy the list. – Steven Zevitas, Publisher

Phyllis Bramson. Courtesy of Zolla/Lieberman Gallery.

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MUST SEE PAINTING SHOWS: MARCH by New American Paintings
March 8, 2013, 8:30 am
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More than four-dozen New American Paintings’ alumni are on view throughout the country this month. Two artists who were originally featured in MFA Annual issues from the early 2000s, Iona Rozeal Brown and William Cordova, and who have since garnered a great deal of attention, are on view in New York at Salon 94 and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., respectively. Two of our favorite emerging painters, Jered Sprecher and Eddie Martinez, can also be seen in New York this month.

Art fair month usually brings out the best of New York galleries, and this year is no exception. Aside from the show’s mentioned above, be sure to catch William J. O’Brien at Marianne Boesky, William Hawkins at Ricco Maresca, and Al Held at Cheim & Read. Andrew Masullo demonstrates that less is more and tames Mary Boone Gallery’s cavernous 24th Street space with and installation of his intimate, yet potent, explorations of color and form. Down in the Lower East Side, Dave Miko + Tom Thayer have collaborated for a show at Eleven Rivington that blends video and painting. I first saw this body of work at the 2011 NADA Art Fair in Miami, and it left a lasting impression…this show is an absolute must see.

Wayne White. Courtesy of Western Project.

There are some strong exhibitions by mid-career artists happening around the country. In Boston, hometown favorite Gerry Bergstein is on view at Gallery NAGA. Gerry has been a force around Boston since the early 1980s, both as an artist and member of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts’ painting faculty, and his work is deserving of widespread attention. Across the country in Los Angeles, don’t miss a survey of Wayne White’s work from the 2000’s at Western Project. White is an artist, art director, cartoonist and illustrator whose integration of text into found lithographs speaks of the inseparability of language and landscape in contemporary culture.

On a sad note, we wish to pay our respects to Pacific Northwest artist Alden Mason, who passed away in early February at the age of 93, and who was featured in New American Paintings’ first-ever Pacific Coast issue. His long career included a thirty-two year teaching stint at the University of Washington – Chuck Close was among his many students.  If you live in the Northwest, be sure to see Alden’s exhibition at Foster/White Gallery, which opens this week and continues through the end of April. – Steven Zevitas, Publisher
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Must See Painting Shows: February by New American Paintings
February 8, 2013, 8:30 am
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It is, once again, a very strong month for New American Paintings’ alumni with close to thirty solo exhibitions on view around the country. Some of these artists are now well established, such as Amy Cutler, others are early in their careers, such as Ellen Lesperance, who is currently exhibiting her intricate works on paper and objects at Ambach & Rice in Los Angeles.

I have written a lot about the dominance of abstraction over the past few years. This month, first-rate representational painting, and in particular figurative painting, can been seen throughout the country. What is most interesting to me is that a growing number of emerging artists seem to be unabashedly embracing aspects of art history that pre-date the 20th-Century.

In New York, be sure to catch Vera Iliatova’s soon-to-open show at Monya Rowe Gallery and Benjamin Senior’s stunning exhibition at James Fuentes (reference points for Senior include Pierro dell Francesca and Poussin). Both artists are well versed with art history, and both have serious technical chops. In Chicago, Ann Toebbe opens a show at EBERSMOORE next week in which the figure adds a new level of complexity to her already charged interiors. In Los Angeles, be sure to catch the soon-to-close exhibition by NAP alum Travis Collinson at Maloney Fine Art, and Henry Taylor, who will open later this month at Blum & Poe.

For those interested in non-objective work, there is plenty on view. Aaron Bobrow will open at Andrea Rosen Gallery this month. Also, in Chelsea, the rarely seen work of Italian painter Giorgio Griffa offers a clinic in how less can be more at Casey Kaplan. One of the curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, artist Michelle Grabner, has new work at Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago. In San Francisco, Noam Rappaport, whose investigations into the line between painting and sculpture have been much talked about, opens at Ratio 3. Enjoy the list. – Steven Zevitas, Publisher

Travis Collinson. Courtesy of Maloney Fine Art.

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12 Must See Painting Shows: January 2013 by New American Paintings
January 16, 2013, 8:30 am
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We have already posted our must-see painting shows for the month of January. Publisher Steven Zevitas has refined that list to the top 12 for the Huffington Post. Check out what he has to say below the jump!

Chris Ballantyne. Courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery.

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Must See Painting Shows: January by New American Paintings
January 9, 2013, 8:30 am
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Happy New Year from all of us at New American Paintings.

Out of the more than 400 commercial galleries that we surveyed this month, more than 70% had painting shows on view. Among them are two dozen solo exhibitions by New American Paintings alumni. New Orleans’ native Nicole Charbonnet, who was featured in one of our earliest issues, presents new work at the venerable Arthur Roger Gallery. In San Francisco, Chris Ballantyne is a must see at Hosfelt Gallery, as is Andrew Schoultz at Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. We are particularly excited about Yoshiaki Mochizuki’s debut at Marlborough Chelsea, where he will have his technically complex abstract paintings on view. Yoshiaki will be featured in the soon to be released 2013 Northeast issue of New American Paintings.

As always, New York City has a lot to offer. Emerging artists Keltie Ferris and Jules de Balincourt both have stellar shows that close this week, and mid-career artists such as Francis Alys and Carroll Dunham continue to push their practice forward. A survey of Gary Simmons’ work at Metro Pictures brings together a range of media, and offers a concise look at this mid-career artist’s substantial body of work. This month, New York also has the opportunity to consider the work of Chicago Imagist Roger Brown, whose stature has continued to rise since his death in 1997, in a well curated exhibition at DC Moore. Enjoy the list. – Steven Zevitas, Publisher

Andrew Schoultz. Courtesy of Mark Moore Gallery.

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