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NAP MFA Annual (#105) Sneak Peek by New American Paintings

The New American Paintings, 2013 MFA Annual, Issue #105, is expected to hit newsstands across the US sometime in mid-April. The juror for the MFA Annual was Dominic Molon, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri. The MFA Annual is one of our most highly anticipated issues. It contains artists that have recently completed their Masters of Fine Arts studies within the last year, or are current MFA candidates. Over 100 art schools from all over the country were represented in this competition.

You can pre-order the issue here!


View a list of all featured artists and schools, and see a few more sneak peeks pictures after the jump!

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The Darker Side of Brion Nuda Rosch by New American Paintings
January 30, 2013, 8:25 am
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In his second New York solo exhibition with DCKT Contemporary, Brion Nuda Rosch comes at his subject-matter with some self-reflection and a little more grit.  Offering up a darker vision of himself as an artist, the show has a wonderful honesty that draws its viewers into the intimacy of the studio process.  Guarded with a dark humor, each piece is at once raw and confident, while building up to a larger, important conversation.

I had the chance to talk to Brion about his process, the new show and his darker side. – Alex Ebstein, Baltimore Contributor

Brion Nuda Rosch | Infinity Meat Cut, 2012, found book page on found book page, 10 3/8 x 18” UF, photo courtesy of the artist

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Top 10 NAP Posts of 2011 by New American Paintings

Even though we are looking forward to 2012, it’s still fun to look back. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our blog contributors for making our site a great place to find commentary on relevant contemporary painting. These very talented writers and videographers from all over the country include Ellen Caldwell, Brian Fee, Josh Reames, Erin Langner, Nadiah Fellah, Graham Kolbeins (Future Shipwreck), Hallie Miller, Catherine Wagley, Paul Boshears, Joey Veltkamp, Alex Ebstein, and Matthew Smith.

On that note, after the jump we list the top 10 most viewed posts by our contributors in 2011. If you haven’t had a chance to read them, please check them out now! And, it’s never too late to comment.

story-telling booth in Oakland at which participants were invited to share their ‘99% Story’

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When in Miami… by New American Paintings

There are tons of great fairs and plenty of projects to check out while you’re in Miami this year. Our staff and contributors wanted to give you the heads-up on a few things we think are definitely worth checking out. There are hundreds of other things we could have mentioned, but let’s start here…Big thanks to Brian Fee, Erin Langner, and Alex Ebstein. Check out their recommendations after the jump! And be sure to tell us your recommendations in the comments section!

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Piled-Up: Q&A With Allison Schulnik by New American Paintings
November 18, 2011, 10:15 am
Filed under: New York, Q&A | Tags: , , , , ,

Stepping out of the ambient bustling of West 20th street into ZieherSmith last week, the outside world and its stimuli immediately evaporated.  Through the gatherings of weary figures and overripe fauna of Allison Schulnik’s solo exhibition drifts the melancholy melody of Scott Walker’s “It’s Raining Today,” the source imperceptible from the entrance.  Dramatically lit with small spots, and thick with the smell of oil paint, Mound (Exhibiting through December 17th), envelopes its viewers in a multi-sensory experience of nostalgia and theatricality. Chunky impastoed canvases depicting flowers, clowns, animals and hobos are displayed along with Schulnik’s works in other media.  A small gouache painting on paper entitled “Funeral Party” hangs to the side of a small ceramic mammal and a head-shaped vessel.

In the main gallery space, “Mound,” a stunning stop-motion video, and the source of the soundtrack, is projected to fill an entire wall.  Figures and landscape melt into one another, becoming at points, one large undulating mound.  On the adjacent walls, similarly-scaled paintings, “Flower Mound” (100” x 148”) and “Idyllwild” (110” x 78”) are awesome in their size and craftsmanship.  Schulnik moves seamlessly between media, and from large-scale to smaller, more intimate pieces like “White Flower” (ceramic and wood, 37” x 29” x 29”) with the same amount of detail and care.  This tangible transition from painting to film to object brings us fully into the Schulnik world of comic/tragic ruffians, kittens and puppets. I had the opportunity to ask Allison a few questions about her show and the influences in her work… – Alex Ebstein, Baltimore Contributor

Allison Schulnik | Still from Mound, 2011, video, drawing, sculpture, box, 4:33 in length, Courtesy ZieherSmith

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MDW Fall Showcase Wrap-Up by New American Paintings
November 2, 2011, 8:30 am
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Chicago’s MDW Fall showcase is the second presentation in the past seven months of the loosely structured art fair and projects organized by Illinois non-profits Threewalls, Roots and Culture, and the Public Media Institute.  An even mix of performative pieces, non-commercial installation, small presses and cleanly presented 2 and 3D works for sale, the quality of the art was consistently high, while approach and project goals varied. The fair, which ran concurrently (although separated by floor) with the Hand in Glove conference on DIY arts organization, alternative funding and sustainability, encouraged networking and camaraderie, while building steam to perhaps become a destination for savvy collectors interested in work by emerging artists. The fair featured many amazing galleries, including Nudashank, run by our Baltimore contributor, Alex Ebstein. Pictures after the jump!

Steven Ruiz covered the fair for Artslant, a link can be found here:


Paul Nudd, Western Exhibitions’ Booth at MDW

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Up all night: Q&A with Ted Gahl by New American Paintings
October 26, 2011, 8:05 am
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Ted Gahl’s new exhibition (and first solo exhibition in New York City) Night Painter, on view at Dodge Gallery though November 13th, includes an honest and uninhibited array of works that suspend memories and personal symbology in the thin stratum of Gahl’s painted surfaces.  Dense but not overcrowded, minimal paintings serve as visual respite between larger, tangled compositions where the referential and abstract overlap.  Within the dark and specific palette, each painting begins to read as a different element of memory, meditation, dream, insomnia and delirium. – Read the interview between Alex Ebstein, Baltimore contributor, and Ted Gahl after the jump.

Ted Gahl Night Painter at Dodge Gallery, Installation View, photo by Carly Gaebe, courtesy of Dodge Gallery

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