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Against The Grain; Auction Benefitting LA Art Students by New American Paintings

We received word of a great auction this weekend (Saturday) at the Mark Moore Gallery that will raise grant funds for one Los Angeles-based student artist. Against the Grain, according to its creators, 5790projects, the auction will,”feature works on paper that showcase diversified studio practices through a shared medium. Unlike any other charity arts auction, Against the Grain pioneers an artist community-based project in direct support of the next generation of emerging artists.” We are proud to say that many past feature New American Paintings artists will be participating, including, Eddie Martinez, Taravat Talepasand, Allison Cortson, Libby Black, Ryan Schneider, Brian Cooper, Ana Fernandez, Aaron Zimmerman, Bob Snead, Scott Anderson, Jason Adkins, Karl  Connolly, and Annie Lapin.


After the jump, you can read the full press release and see all artists that are having their works auctioned off (for a modest starting price of $100).

Annie Lapin Untitled, 2012 Oil paint on oil paper 10″ x 7″

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The Pure Space Animate: Annie Lapin at Honor Fraser by openstudiospress

Annie Lapin. TOP: The Leaf/Body/Between Element Embodied (From the series: Distilled and Abstracted Elements of Idealized Landscape), 2011 | Oil on canvas over panel, 45 x 45 inches. BOTTOM: The Animate Diptych I, 2011 | Linen on panel, 2 elements: 33 x 31 inches and 31 x 23 1/2 inches. Images courtesy Honor Fraser, Los Angeles.

We make no qualms about how excited we get about Annie Lapin‘s work. Last year, she was the winner of both our first Reader’s Choice Poll and the inaugural NAP Annual Prize, selected by you, our very own readers, and a panel of prestigious curators. (As a result, you might have seen our video feature on the Los Angeles artist, shot by the man behind Future Shipwreck, our buddy Graham Kolbeins.)

Lapin’s current and much anticipated solo show for Honor Fraser in L.A. finds her at a pivotal point in her practice, where her interest in obfuscating figuration through a remarkable language of painterly abstraction has extended to chunky, fabric-heavy linen pieces and circular oil on panel works. While materially and spatially set apart from previous work, Lapin’s new series wholeheartedly reveal the explorative nature of her studio practice, weaving both mystery and meaning into the brushstrokes and fluid fields of paint that have become her trademark.

 Pic after pic of new work, and installation shots, after the jump! Not to be missed.
Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large

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Must-See Painting Shows: May by openstudiospress

Iva Gueorguieva, I as Bear, 2011 | Acrylic and collage on canvas, 90 x 84 inches. Courtesy Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York.

The sun is out, the air is cool, and the new shows are getting hot. New York Gallery Week is in full swing, and private galleries across the country are giving it all they’ve got before collectors and gallery-goers disappear for the summer. Our editorial staff have put together our monthly Must-See list for the month of May, our guide to more than 50 of the best contemporary painting exhibitions in the country, including 15 shows of artists previously featured in New American Paintings and dozens of notable and not-to-be-missed shows across the USA. From L.A. to Chicago, Houston to New York and back, our guide includes exhibitions in every corner of the country. Images and listings after the jump!

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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.

NAP Annual Prize Winner: Annie Lapin by openstudiospress
January 25, 2011, 11:22 am
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The History or Hysterical Memory, 2010 | Oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60 inches. Courtesy Honor Fraser, Los Angeles.

It’s official: it’s a sweep. In a remarkable first, in addition to winning our inaugural Reader’s Choice Poll recently, Annie Lapin has now been selected as the winner of the first New American Paintings Annual Prize. Awarded by a jury of seasoned curators and previous jurors, the NAP Annual Prize is a cash gift of $1,000, courtesy of the magazine, awarded to one of the 12 Noteworthy artists from the six editions of the past year.

The panel for the Annual Prize consisted of three previous NAP jurors who have not made selections in the last year, including Jen Mergel, The Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Dominic Molon, Chief Curator, The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Ian Berry, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Noteworthy artists of 2010 nominated for the award included: Matthew Bourbon, Joseph Cohen, Megan Dirks, Jim Gaylord, Vera Iliatova, Mike Nudelman, Matthew Penkala, Chris Scarborough, Ellen Siebers, Amy Sherald, and Bart Vargas.

Annie Lapin and her work will be the subject of a forthcoming video collaboration with Future Shipwreck, which will appear here on the blog in the coming weeks. (If you haven’t seen our first video with Iva Gueorguieva, don’t miss it!) Lapin will also be featured in a solo show of her work, from May 21 – June 29, at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles, where the artist is based. You can see more of Annie’s work on the blog here!

Inaugural Reader’s Choice Poll Winner: Annie Lapin! by openstudiospress
January 17, 2011, 12:54 pm
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Beast Bothered, 2010 | Oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches, Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.

The results are in. We’re proud to announce that after nearly 3,000 votes, the winner of the inaugural New American Paintings Reader’s Choice Poll is Annie Lapin! We asked our readers to vote for their favorite Noteworthy artist of the last year—twelve artists from our six 2010 editions selected by both the juror and our editorial staff—and the response was overwhelming. Annie is the winner of a $500 gift certificate from BLICK Art Materials, and we thank BLICK for their support.

Saying of the Los Angeles-based artist’s work, NAP president and publisher Steven Zevitas writes, “As with many artists of her generation, Annie Lain is deeply concerned with the fluid space between abstraction and representation. In her extraordinarily lush paintings, bits of the real world emerge and recede as they actively compete for dominance with the elements of her creation—surface, stroke, and color. Lapin’s paintings are about wrestling meaning from chaos, but they are equally about an unabashed love for the medium of painting itself.”

Thanks to all who voted! Annie Lapin will be the subject of a forthcoming video, produced with Future Shipwreck, (check out our most recent video with Iva Gueorguieva!), so keep your eyes peeled for more from the L.A. painter. And come back next Monday for the announcement of the $1000 prize! More pics of Annie’s work after the jump.  —Evan J. Garza

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Must-See Painting Shows: January by openstudiospress

Sarah Brenneman, Brazen Faced, 2010 | Watercolor on paper, 24 x 18 inches. Courtesy Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York.

It’s a new decade and a new year, and with it comes a new season of openings. The editorial staff at New American Paintings have put together a list of more than 40 of the top painting exhibitions on view at private galleries across the country in January—from New York to Houston, Los Angeles to Chicago, Miami, and more—including several shows from artists previously included in New American Paintings and featuring more than 30 notable and not-to-be-missed shows from across the country.

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