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Who is the most significant painter to emerge since 2000? (Poll) by New American Paintings

So you don’t believe in miracles? Think about this: Painting has been pronounced clinically dead dozens of times, and, like Lazarus, it keeps coming back for more. It is the medium that simply refuses to die.

The 1990s were a tough decade for painting, as video, installation, and, in particular, photography, relegated it to the margins of the art world’s often too narrow field of vision. But as the 2000s began, the oldest of mediums returned with a vengeance. Impressively, it has continued to be the dominant medium for more than a decade, first with an explosion of figurative work in the early 2000s, and now with an extreme focus on abstraction.

Topics like this often start as debates in the New American Paintings office, and thanks to the blog, we can “take it to the streets” and settle some scores…There are a number of significant artists who have emerged since 2000, and we want to know which ones you think are the most significant. We consciously avoided artists who already had long careers, but have only recently “blown up”: Luc Tuymans, Amy Sillman, Mary Heilmann, Glenn Ligon and Thomas Nozkowski, among them.

We want to hear from you! The twelve painters listed below do not constitute an all-inclusive list, so feel free to add any names that you think we have missed in the comments section below.

Here is our list, and be sure to learn more about each and vote after the jump!

Richard Aldrich
Tauba Auerbach
Mark Bradford
Joe Bradley
Nicole Eisenman
Mark Grotjahn
Wade Guyton
Chris Martin
Julie Mehretu
R.H. Quaytman
Sterling Ruby
Dana Schutz

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Creative Collagist: Chris Martin by New American Paintings
February 27, 2012, 8:15 am
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There are several protocols to bear in mind before experiencing a Chris Martin exhibition. Take your preconceived notions of mixed-media painting and color combinations and chuck them out the window. Martin’s bold color choices are exceeded only by the media itself receiving the paint, which could be “just” canvas or an entire Oriental rug to the tabloid newspapers appearing here, his third solo show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Brian Fee, Austin Contributor


Chris Martin | Bus Maniac, 2008-11, oil and collage on canvas, 54” x 45 1/8”
Courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash

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Size Matters: Chris Martin Paints Big at the Corcoran by openstudiospress
August 3, 2011, 10:24 am
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Chris Martin. ABOVE: Here Comes the Sun…, 2004–2007. Oil on canvas, 143 x 129 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photo: Jason Mandella. BOTTOM: Staring into the Sun… (4711), 2003. Oil on canvas, three parts, 143 x 129 inches each. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

It’s easy to see Chris Martin’s interest in outsider art. In fact, it’s often written directly onto his work. A close inspection of the collaged paintings in his monumental installation in the Corcoran Gallery’s atrium yields, among other things, a newspaper clipping noting the death of Purvis Young, arguably the quintessential outsider artist. Other works by Martin, many of them installed in the Corcoran’s rotunda, have textual references to artists who were decidedly insiders but whose works alluded to an outsider’s sensibility  artists like Paul Thek and Alfred Jensen. This second category  the insider with an outsider’s sensibility  is particularly relevant to Chris Martin’s work in Painting Big, on view at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. through October 23.

Matthew Smith, DC Contributor

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