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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth by New American Paintings
November 21, 2012, 8:25 am
Filed under: Art World, Museum Admission, On the Road | Tags: , ,

I recently went back home to Kansas City and documented my favorite spots to see contemporary art while visiting. This past weekend I traveled west again, this time to Fort Worth, Texas. My trip was short so right after landing I drove directly to the the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. I had heard great things about the building and collection, both of which ended up meeting expectations. Although I was sad that the upstairs was closed for installation (while they didn’t mention it would be closed when I paid for admission, I should have known since it was “half price”), the first floor was packed with goodies. After the jump I’ve shared some works that caught my attention, just in case you can’t make it to the Fort Worth area anytime soon. Enjoy! – Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher

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I Heart KC Art by New American Paintings

That’s right, there is great art in Kansas City. Let me start by saying that I am no stranger to the region. I grew up in Kansas (leaving off the “City” on purpose, for those sticklers for geography), and since leaving it behind for college 15 years ago, a lot has changed. For example, the suburbs have grown beyond belief, the downtown area is no longer a place you go to get shot, and you can eat excellent food that isn’t BBQ. Although I don’t know why you would do the latter. But more importantly to you, a reader of this blog and I assume an art lover, KC has a robust and continually growing art scene. I only got a taste during my recent visit, but figured there was more than enough to share. I was fortunate enough to stop by the Nerman Museum, Dolphin Gallery, Bill Brady Gallery, and Plug Projects, places I would consider “Must-Sees” while visiting the city. – Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher (And Kansas Native)

Nerman Museum Exterior, designed by Kyu Sung Woo Architects, Inc.

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NAP Artists at Art Chicago | NEXT by openstudiospress

TOP: Nathan Vernau (edition #89 cover) at Robert Bills Contemporary. BOTTOM:
Matthew Woodward (forthcoming, edition #95) at Linda Warren Gallery. (via Flickr)

With Art Chicago | NEXT‘s new combined layout on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart this weekend, crowds were in full force, as were the numbers of New American Paintings alums. It was fantastic to see so many previously featured artists from countless regional editions, booth after booth. Our Publisher, Steven Zevitas, and Associate Publisher, Drew Katz, caught a few snapshots of NAP artists on view in both fairs, and here are a few highlights.

For a more extensive collection of work by artists previously included in New American Paintings, check out our Flickr photostream! More pics after the jump!

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NAP Panel at NEXT Talk Shop by openstudiospress

From left: William Cordova, Dominic Molon, Dina Deitsch, Evan J. Garza at the Art Chicago | NEXT Talk Shop

We were thrilled to participate yesterday in CONVERGE Chicago: Contemporary Curators Forum at the Art Chicago | NEXT Talk Shop. New American Paintings Editor-at-Large, Evan J. Garza was the moderator for “Beyond the Stretcher: Breaking Down Spatial Limitations in Contemporary Painting, a panel discussion featuring Dina Deitsch, Associate Curator at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Dominic Molon, Chief Curator for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (and the juror for NAP edition #85), and New York, Miami, and Lima-based artist and curator, William Cordova.

A packed crowd gathered to take in the discussion as throngs of collectors and fair-goers passed up and down the aisles of booths at NEXT. The curators discussed issues of material specificity and spatial concerns in contemporary painting practices, and examined the work of cutting edge artists whose work ignites a dialogue about sculptural and installation forms of painting. The event and conversation were great, and the company we were in was even better. Check out our pics after the jump! 

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New Insight: Top MFA Students on view at NEXT by openstudiospress

Antonia Gurkovska, Untitled (Europa), 2010 | Oil, acrylic, wax, latex paint, fabric, and enamel, 92 x 72 inches. Courtesy the artist and The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago.

As part of the Special Projects on view at Art Chicago | NEXT this weekend (opening today!), New Insight is an exhibition featuring 18 of the top MFA candidates from some of the strongest graduate studio programs in the country. Curated by Susanne Ghez, director of The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, an institution with a vast history of exhibiting cutting edge work, this year’s New Insight show, now in its fifth year, is right in line with NEXT‘s mission of being a platform for new ideas and young, newly emerging artists.

With MFA students freshly on our brains at New American Paintings, with the recent release of #93, our new MFA Annual book on newsstands, the presence of national, high-profile MFA talent is tantamount to the idea behind the fair itself. And with works not available for sale by the students, the show drives home the point that the attitude at NEXT seems to put content over commerce.  —Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large

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Shepard Fairey kicks off NEXT! by openstudiospress

Shepard Fairey poses with New American Paintings #93 and posse, Dan, Nick, and Z

Being a student at RISD, it’s impossible to not know the name Shepard Fairey. Even back in 2001, when I was studying there, he was already a legend and referenced often by the students and faculty. Some stories true, some total myths. His stickers were passed around like nudie mags in an elementary school boys’ bathroom. They seemed to appear out of no where, like magic. He must have still had someone on the “inside,” dishing them out to students.

I’ve also had the pleasure of working with Shepard at my own gallery, back in 2004, moments before he went from famous to mega-famous. Though our working relationship was brief, he is always gracious and extremely friendly whenever I see him. He’s that way to total strangers too, which is ultimately why he’s liked so much by his fans.

I was thrilled to learn Shepard would be around for the NEXT art fair opening, DJing the opening party. It’s always great to see him and his posse (shout out to Dan, Nick, and Z), as I’ve gotten to know them well over the past few years as well. Glad to pop off these shots while he was in action. Hope you enjoy, it was a great night at NEXT

Were you there? Any favorite artworks to speak of? Let us know. More pics after the jump!

Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher

Shepard Fairey spins at the 2011 NEXT opening

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Highlights from The Armory Show by openstudiospress

Monday morning, back in the office, and we’re all a bit bleary-eyed here at New American Paintings. It was an exhausting but wonderful art-filled weekend. I bring you our final post from the art fairs, the behemoth of them all, The Armory Show. Check out some gems and a few NAP alums I found below. More after the jump!  —Dana Córdova, Designer/Production Manager

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