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Momentary Brightness with Carolyn Swiszcz by New American Paintings
December 6, 2012, 8:30 am
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Think of American Beauty’s famous plastic bag scene.

Or the morning you wake up feeling rested and recovered after a week of being sick.

Or that moment in your car when you look up to catch a streaky sunset in your rearview mirror.

These are the moments when you rub your eyes and think that you can’t possibly be seeing quite so brightly, clearly or keenly, and that the world can’t possibly be this strikingly beautiful, sharp, and moving.

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Carolyn Swiszcz | Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library Austin, TX Acrylic, rubber stamp on canvas, 48 X 73, 2011. The red volumes in this library are rubber stamps.

Carolyn Swiszcz’s (NAP #101) paintings inhabit and populate this liminal and often fleeting space. In her acrylics, she captures pivotal moments when the mundane world becomes fiercely and momentarily bright, beautiful, biting, and brimming. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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NAP #101 Sneak Peek by New American Paintings

Within the next few weeks the Midwest issue of New American Paintings, #101, will be received by subscribers and newsstands across the country. Publisher/Editor, Steven Zevitas, remarks in his Editor’s note, “I have a feeling that this issue of New American Paintings might be a bit provocative to a portion of our readership on account of the ways it pushes the idea of what constitutes a ‘painting.'” Juror, Lisa D. Freiman, Senior Curator and Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, mentions in her essay that, “Most of the works by Midwest artists chosen…challenge traditional definitions of painting or sculpture and instead explore a hybrid state that incorporates aspects of both…” We hope you will pick-up a copy and let us know what you think!

You can order this back-issue online or by calling 617-778-5265 x0

After the jump see a full list of the artists selected for the NAP #101, and a few sneak peek photographs of the issue. Enjoy!

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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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Must-See Painting Shows: December by openstudiospress

Liz Markus, Christopher Wool, 2010 | Acrylic on unprimed canvas, 84 x 72 inches. Courtesy ZieherSmith, New York.

The editorial staff at New American Paintings has put together a list of more than 50 of the top painting exhibitions on view at private galleries across the country in December—from New York to L.A. to Miami, Houston, Chicago, and more—including 20 shows from artists previously included in New American Paintings and featuring more than 30 notable and not-to-be-missed shows from emerging artists to major players like Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, and Brice Marden. ‘Tis the season to gallery hop, so get to it.  —Evan J. Garza



Liz Markus – Edition #74 (2008 Northeast)
November 18 – December 18, 2010


Lisa Sanditz, Cat Shit Pastoral, 2009 | Acrylic and oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy ACME, Los Angeles.

Lisa Sanditz – EDITOR’S PICK MFA 2001, Edition #50 (2004 Northeast), #74 (2008 Northeast)
November 20 – December 18, 2010

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