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Actualizing Abstraction Now: Painting Advanced at Edward Thorp Gallery by New American Paintings

I’ve got abstraction on my mind. Not that I shy away from unmistakable figuration — and I admit my weakness for the sexiness of fin de siècle Paris (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec et al) — but lately I’ve been focusing my attention on process and color, whether or not form is even discernible. I moderated a panel of young abstract artists recently, yet despite my grasp of ‘contemporary trends’ I still turned my attention to the boldly titled group exhibition Painting Advanced that opened recently at Edward Thorp Gallery in Chelsea. The kicker is the five assembled artists aren’t all young (Gary Stephan and Andrew Spence are some four decades older than Rachel Malin), yet they are continually reworking the language of abstract painting, even within their own evolving styles. Time to take the pulse. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

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Andrea Belag | Retrace, 2012, Oil on linen, 45 x 38 inches. Courtesy of Edward Thorp Gallery, New York.

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Art For Sandy Relief: A Closer Look at The Artist Relief Project by New American Paintings

Like most New Yorkers, it was hard to look beyond our own basic necessities in the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy. Bottled water, flashlights, canned food. But as the winds died down and the storm’s damage was made known, the extent of its devastation proved bewildering. The homes, neighborhoods, and businesses in New York and New Jersey that took the worst of hits were highly visible news stories. But in the days and weeks following the storm there was another community whose irreparable damages came to light: those of the arts community. – Nadiah Fellah, NYC Contributor

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Print featuring artwork from the first exhibition, available for purchase at http://www.ArtistReliefProject.com. 40% of the proceeds will be donated to NYFA’s Emergency Relief Fund for Hurricane Sandy.

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Go Big or Go Home in Chelsea (Does Size Matter?) by New American Paintings

We found this great post recently (along with many others) on the GalleristNY. Rachel Corbett reports on the nature of the Chelsea art scene. What is causing the boom in larger gallery spaces, especially considering that so many have closed up shop in recent years? Read on to hear Corbett’s perspective and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Originally Posted on GalleristNY By Rachel Corbett (August 20th):

Supersize Chelsea!: In New York’s Main Art District, It’s Go Big or Go Home

“Be careful where you step,” shouted Maureen Bray over a percussion of power tools as she maneuvered past the electricians, sheetrockers and HVAC crew members who have two months to transform a 22,000-square-foot construction zone into the new home of Sean Kelly Gallery, which is about to triple in size. “Obviously this giant hole won’t be here,” said Ms. Bray, a director at the gallery, pointing to what will become a stairwell leading to a black-box theater—just one of three exhibition spaces, alongside expanded offices, a “canyon”-sized library and two private viewing rooms (“back where those toilets are now”).


Rendering of Sean Kelly Gallery’s new Toshiko Mori-designed space on 36 Street. (Sean Kelly)

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Liz Markus at ZieherSmith by openstudiospress

Artforum, 2010 | Collage and glitter on unprimed canvas, 105 x 105 inches. Images courtesy the artist and ZieherSmith, New York.

Liz Markus is a huge Depeche Mode fan. (And it shows.) Are You Punk or New Wave?, an exhibition of eight large new paintings and the New York artist’s third solo show with ZieherSmith in Chelsea, is packed with references to both of the 1980s music genres as well as major art figures from the time, executed with both sharp wit and an attitude appropriate for the subject matter itself. We met at ZieherSmith last week to talk about her new work, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and ACT UP. —Evan J. Garza

EJG: Did you grow up listening to punk rock?
I did. I grew up listening to new wave music, and punk rock when I was in art school. So, late—like ten years later. That was a question people would ask you at school, “Are you punk or new wave?” I went to an all-girls prep school, so no one was really punk, but there was one new wave girl. And I remember asking her, “Are you punk or new wave?” and she was like, “New wave.”

(installation view) Liz Markus: Are You Punk or New Wave? at ZieherSmith, New York

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