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Molly Zuckerman-Hartung in “Painter Painter” by New American Paintings
March 6, 2013, 8:30 am
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Our 2013 Midwest competition juror, Eric Crosby, co-curated a great exhibition at the Walker Art Center called Painter Painter. Among the very talented artists included in the show is past featured New American Paintings’ artist, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung (NAP #95). Here is a nice video of Zuckerman-Hartung discussing her work from the exhibition. Congrats Molly!

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13 to Watch in 2013: NAP Publisher’s Picks by New American Paintings

There is always a lot happening in the super charged art world of the 21st-Century, and I am constantly amazed by the number of new artists who seem to emerge each year. Some would say that the cart is driving the horse – that the machine that is the contemporary art world demands new artists at an ever-increasing, and unhealthy rate. I understand where the cynical view comes from, but I choose to be a bit more sanguine about the situation. After all, more artists than ever now have a chance to support themselves through their creative efforts, and that is certainly not a bad thing.

While the idea of historically identifiable “–isms” has largely been jettisoned as a quaint 20th– Century notion, there are certainly notable areas of artistic practice that seem to, for whatever reason at certain moments, gain traction with large numbers of artists. For the past several years, non-objective painting has been one such area.

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Keltie Ferris. Courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

As of late, emerging artists from throughout the world have been busy tearing painting down, and building it back up again; questioning exactly what a painting is; and coming up with ever more inventive and unique processes for making paintings. Many artists have taken a “provisional” stance, while others are producing highly finished work that so blurs the line between two and three-dimensional practice that categories of media such as painting and sculpture become all but useless. (The latter tendency is being explored in a soon-to-open exhibition at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.)

My list of painters to watch in 2013 intentionally reflects this current moment in painting. As such, it could fairly be asked whether some of the artists on the list are even painters per se. Without a doubt, all of them take cues from the history of painting and, whether or not paint is actually used in the execution of their work, produce objects that force the viewer to address issues central to painting.

Steven Zevitas
Editor and Publisher
New American Paintings

13 to Watch in 2013:

Joshua Abelow
Paul Cowan
Liam Everett
Keltie Ferris
Nikolas Gambaroff
David Korty
Daniel Lefcourt
Yoshiaki Mochizuki
Scott Olson
Noam Rappaport
Julia Rommel
Hugh Scott Douglas
Lucien Smith

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Christopher Murphy: New American Paintings 2012 Reader’s Choice! by New American Paintings

Congratulations to Christopher Murphy (NAP #103)! He has been selected by our blog readers as the winner of the 2012 New American Paintings Reader’s Choice Prize. Out of the twelve exceptional “Noteworthy” artists that appeared in New American Paintings over the past year, Murphy was your clear favorite. In addition to bragging rights, Blick Art Materials will provide Christopher with a $500 Gift Card for supplies.

Murphy is still in the running to receive our Annual Prize as well. In the next few weeks we will be putting together a panel of jurors to decide who will receive that honor.  The winner will receive $1,000 from New American Paintings and a $500 Gift Card from Blick Art Materials. Last year this honor went to William Betts. Keep checking the blog for details.

After the jump, learn more about Christopher Murphy, and see some of his amazing work.

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Christopher Murphy

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Last day to Vote! NAP Annual Prize: 2012 Reader’s Choice Poll by New American Paintings

Our final New American Paintings issue of the year is appearing on newsstands now. In each of the six 2012 issues, two artists were deemed “Noteworthy Picks” by our juror and editor. Now it’s your turn to choose whom among the twelve artists deserves the honor of winning our Reader’s Choice Annual Prize. That’s right, your online vote will decide!

In addition to being featured again in our June/July issue next year, the winner of the Reader’s Choice Annual Prize will receive a $500 Blick Art Materials gift certificate sponsored by:

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Voting is open through January 11, 2013!

The winner of the Reader’s Choice will be announced by Friday, January 18th.

Before you vote, you can learn more about each artist after the jump. Artists are placed in random order on the voting tool upon page-load. Only one vote will be allowed per computer.


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VOTE NOW! NAP Annual Prize: 2012 Reader’s Choice Poll by New American Paintings

Our final New American Paintings issue of the year is appearing on newsstands now. In each of the six 2012 issues, two artists were deemed “Noteworthy Picks” by our juror and editor. Now it’s your turn to choose whom among the twelve artists deserves the honor of winning our Reader’s Choice Annual Prize. That’s right, your online vote will decide!

In addition to being featured again in our June/July issue next year, the winner of the Reader’s Choice Annual Prize will receive a $500 Blick Art Materials gift certificate sponsored by:

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Voting is open through January 11, 2013!

The winner of the Reader’s Choice will be announced by Friday, January 18th.

Before you vote, you can learn more about each artist after the jump. Artists are placed in random order on the voting tool upon page-load. Only one vote will be allowed per computer.


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NAP Annual Prize Winner: William Betts by New American Paintings

This year’s New American Paintings Annual Prize has been awarded to William Betts. If you’re a longtime subscriber to New American Paintings you’re probably familiar with the work of the Houston-based artist. Betts has appeared in editions #60, #72, #84 and most recently as an Editor’s Pick in #96. Even if you’ve never picked up an issue there’s a chance you’ve seen his work somewhere — he’s represented by galleries in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Albuquerque and Denver, and is currently preparing for a group show at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. In other words, William Betts is an artist that’s hitting his stride, and this year’s Annual Prize is one more item in a growing list of accolades.


William Betts

Selected by a jury of distinguished curators and previous jurors, Betts will receive a cash gift of $1,000, courtesy of the magazine, and a $500 gift card sponsored by Blick Art Materials, for supplies. And, thanks to NEXT ART CHICAGO, Betts will also have a painting hung at the fair in April.

The panel for the Annual Prize consists of three previous NAP jurors who have not made selections in the last year, including Bill Arning, Director, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), James Rondeau, Curator and Chair of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Peter Boswell, Senior Curator, Miami Art Museum.

Fellow NAP contributor Ellen Caldwell and I caught up with Betts earlier this week to talk about his work and process. — Matthew Smith, Washington, D.C. contributor


William Betts | Untitled YYZ 10-30-2010, acrylic on canvas, dimension5: 36″ x 72″

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VOTE NOW! New American Paintings’ Annual Prize: Reader’s Choice Poll by New American Paintings
January 2, 2012, 8:15 am
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If you haven’t voted, time is running out!

We are awarding one of our 12 Noteworthy artists with a $500 gift certificate sponsored by BLICK Art Materials, with the winner decided by YOU, our reader! Take a look at all 12 of this year’s Noteworthy artists and VOTE NOW!

Thanks to our sponsor Next Art Chicago, the two winners will also be prominently displayed at the Next Art Chicago fair at the Merchandise Mart, April 27th – April 29th, 2012.

Voting is open through January 7 (one vote per computer)

The winner of the Reader’s Choice will be announced by Friday, January 13th, and the winner of the Annual Prize will be announced January 20.




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