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New American Paintings x Future Shipwreck: Annie Lapin (VIDEO) by openstudiospress

Los Angeles-based artist Annie Lapin has made a career out of taking something obvious and completely tearing it apart visually, and while her compositions might appear obscurely rendered, her talent is unmissable. The third in our New American Paintings/Video series with Graham Kolbeins of Future Shipwreck focuses on the studio practice of Annie Lapin, the recent winner of both our inaugural Reader’s Choice Poll and our first NAP Annual Prize.

Featured in edition #91 of New American Paintings as a Noteworthy artist, Annie’s work will be featured in a forthcoming solo show at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles.


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Pacific Coast #91 On Newsstands by openstudiospress

Cover image: Erik Mark Sandberg, Youth With Zebra Tank | Oil, enamel, & silk-screen on panel, 48″ x 36″

For this year’s Pacific Coast edition of the New American Paintings, we’re including perspectives from some of the Bay Area’s finest, including selections by guest juror Lawrence R. Rinder, Director of the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA. Check out the complete list of selected artists here.

The Spotlight feature for this edition focuses on the incredible work of Bulgarian-born artist Iva Gueorguieva, whose large-scale paintings are making big waves not only on the West Coast but across the world. Previously included in New American Paintings and based in L.A., Gueorguieva’s work reveals the collage-making of her youth, the political turmoil she faced in Eastern Europe, and the importance of movement. (We recently teamed up with Graham Kolbeins at Future Shipwreck to produce a video about her work!)

Iva GueorguievaSwing Over a Fire, 2010 | Acrylic, oil and collage on canvas, 96 x 74 inches, Courtesy Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery, New York and Angles Gallery, Los Angeles

We are thrilled to include a Q&A with San Francisco dealer (and artist) Andres Guerrero, who speaks to us about the challenges in opening up his new space, Guerrero Gallery, in the Mission, his thoughts on the influence of street art, and his fondness for West Coast multidisciplinary artists like Andrew Schoultz and Allison Schulnik, both previously included in the magazine.

New American Paintings is only as good as the perspectives included within it, and we’re fortunate not only to include the voices of talented art professionals, but to publish and promote the work of the artists they see as integral to the discussion of painting in the first place.  —Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large

(Don’t forget: Today is the last day to vote in the Reader’s Choice Poll! CAST YOUR VOTE for your favorite Noteworthy artist of 2010!)



Hot Off The Press: Pacific Coast, edition #91 by New American Paintings
December 15, 2010, 9:55 am
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Dana Cordova, Open Studios Press Designer/Production Manager with edition #91.

We just received our advanced copies of the Pacific Coast edition, juried by Lawrence Rinder, Director of the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Look for #91 on newsstands and in the mail later this month!

Click here to review the entire list of selected artists, and check out a few sneak preview pics below after the jump. — Drew Katz, Associate Publisher

Cover featuring artwork by Erik Mark Sandberg, Los Angeles, CA

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Announcing the Winners of the 2010 Pacific Coast Competition by openstudiospress

“I wonder if the act of making art itself is a kind of holding together. If so, then artists are more necessary than ever before.” – Lawrence Rinder

We are pleased to announce that the following artists have been selected as winners for the 2010 Pacific Coast Competition, to be featured in edition #91 of New American Paintings, juried by Lawrence Rinder, Director of the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Look for  #91 on newsstands later this month!


Selected artists:

Gale Antokal
Susanna Bluhm
Eva Bovenzi
Nancy Chan
James Chronister
Travis Collinson
Allison Cortson
Gail Dawson
Sarah Dougherty
Ala Ebteker
Christina Empedocles
Amir Fallah
Linda Geary
Alexander Girard
Narangkar Glover
James Gobel
Michael Hall
David Jien
Marcie Kaufman
Annie Lapin
Robert Minervini
David Molesky
Matthew Troy Mullins
Sarah Newton
John McGuire Olsen
Francesca Pastine
Matthew J. Penkala
Jennifer Poon
Conrad Ruiz
Christopher Russell
Catherine Ryan
Erik Sandberg
Christina Shurts
Ali Smith
David Trulli
Ted Vasin
Aron Wiesenfeld
Pamela Wilson-Ryckman
Matthew Zefeldt
Eros Shuo Zhao



Video: Conrad Ruiz and The World’s Largest Watercolor by openstudiospress
November 24, 2010, 12:36 pm
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Featured in #91, the forthcoming Pacific Coast edition of New American Paintings, available on newsstands next month, the work of Conrad Ruiz doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither does he. Featuring a host of characters in mild to wild circumstances, Ruiz’s exciting work is one colorful and exuberant playground. Humor is as inherent to the work as the paint used to create it, and his compositions are often filled with subjects in oddly fantastic circumstances, like Obama riding a giant Corgy or smiling characters on the back of a great white shark.

Graham Kolbeins of Future Shipwreck recently caught up with the California artist while he was working on a mammothly scaled painting which he claims is the largest watercolor on Earth. Be sure to pick up #91 on newsstands in December!




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