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Ten Must See Painting Shows: Summer 2012 by New American Paintings

Originally Posted on the Huffington Post by New American Paintings Publisher/Editor, Steven Zevitas

The heat has been turned way up on the East Coast, which is all the more reason to duck into a few galleries as you trudge through the city. As is typical for the summer months, a lot of galleries have mounted ambitious group exhibitions, many of which focus on painting.

In New York City, be sure to see: “The Big Picture” at Sikkema Jenkins (featuring NAP alums John Dilg and David Schutter); “Breed” at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (featuring NAP alum Eddie Martinez); “Stretching Painting” at Galerie Lelong (featuring NAP alums Sarah Cain, Kate Shepherd, and emerging Chicago-based artist, Gabriel Pionkowski); “Contemporary Watercolor” at Morgan Lehman (featuring NAP alums Nina Bovasso, Sarah Cain, Ellen Lesperance and Kim McCarty); “Yeah we are friends and shit” at Josee Bienvenu Gallery (featuring NAP alums Kirk Hayes and Devin Troy Strother); “Stand still like a hummingbird” at David Zwirner (featuring NAP alum Ruth Laskey); “In plain sight” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash (featuring NAP alum Anna Conway); “Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday” at James Cohan Gallery; “Painting in Space” at Luhring Augustine; “Context Message” at Zach Feuer; “Hot Tub Time Machine” at Canada; and “Braman, Buren, Falls, Heilmann, Louis, Thurman” at Eleven Rivington.

Installation view. Courtesy of Eleven Rivington.

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Nancy White at Jancar Jones by openstudiospress
April 6, 2011, 1:10 pm
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Nancy White, #10 (Green Yellow), 2011 | Acrylic on paper mounted board, 9 x 7.5 inches. Courtesy Jancar Jones Gallery, San Francisco.

Tucked into the back of a building that used to be the San Francisco Casket Company on Mission Street, Jancar Jones Gallery provides an intimate viewing space for Nancy White’s small works. The postcard-sized paintings by White, who was featured in editions #73 and #55 of New American Paintings, stud the walls of Jancar Jones like gems. Indeed, the intimately small works are jewel toned, and the first thought the angular lines within the monochromatic pieces conjure is that of cut gemstones.

The three-dimensional aspects invoke a visual element similar to facets, or the flat faces in geometric shapes on gemstones which create the light-reflecting surfaces that allow them to sparkle. That said, White’s paintings are made using matte paint, and are a continuation of her experimentations with painting and surface texture. Her recent work falls into two categories: work on steel and work on paper. The Jancar Jones show is composed entirely of the latter, but speaks to the hard-edges, angularity, and three-dimensionality of her steel pieces.  —Nadiah Fellah, San Francisco contributor

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Q&A: Changha Hwang by openstudiospress
October 13, 2010, 9:00 am
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Exceeding Flash, 2009 | Acrylic on cotton canvas, 70 x 60 inches

Changha Hwang isn’t afraid to keep it old school. Despite the architectural, memory board-like qualities that appear to mark his painted abstractions, the South Korean-born artist couldn’t be less influenced by technology, touting ancient Peruvian geoglyphs as his source of inspiration. Since being included in edition #74 of New American Paintings, and for the last several years, Hwang and his intensely fresh brand of abstraction has been featured in a multitude of international solo shows. We caught up with the New York-based artist this week to talk about his work.  —Evan J. Garza

EJG: You were born in Korea. When did you first come to the States?
1990, when I was 21… I lived in five different regions of South Korea. I was born in Seoul. And I lived in South Korea until my father died… My parents were divorced when I was little, and they both remarried. My mother remarried to a Korean American, so she was living in America. I was living with my dad, but he passed away, so I decided to join my mom in the States.

EJG: Were you painting when you were in South Korea?
No, not at all. It’s funny—I have an older brother who always wanted to be an artist. So, being an artist was my brother’s thing, not mine. When I came to the States, and I was done taking English classes at a community college in Dallas, I was able to take art courses. I came across a drawing class and I fell in love with it… I liked art-making more and more, and I decided to come to New York to go to art school.

Wedded, 2009 | Acrylic on Canvas, 84 x 57 inches. Courtesy of Benrimon Contemporary and the artist.

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