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#94: Southern Competition, Juror: Dan Cameron, Now on Newsstands by openstudiospress

Cover: Marcus Jansen

For the 2011 edition of the Southern Competition, we’re thrilled to feature the curatorial expertise of Dan Cameron, the founder and director of Prospect New Orleans, a post-Katrina effort that is single-handedly changing the landscape of contemporary art in the Southern United States. As the man behind the largest international biennial of contemporary art in America, Cameron’s experience working with emerging artists dates back several years, and New American Paintings is proud to exhibit his perspective as this issue’s juror.

The Spotlight feature for #94 focuses on the work of Knoxville, Tennessee’s Jered Sprecher, whose optically charged abstractions have more in common with representational forms than they reveal at first glance. The winner of a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Sprecher is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a wily investigator of commonplace mark-making. Sprecher speaks with us about abstraction, Dollywood, and where you go looking for inspiration in the cornfields of Nebraska.

No conversation about contemporary work in the South would be complete without talking about Miami, and OHWOW’s Lydia Ruby speaks to us about the risk-taking sensibilities of the South Florida art capital, her move from Boston, and her experiences in the art world working with emerging artists.

With American institutions like The Whitney increasingly acquiring work from artists in the South, it’s clear that the region is more vital than ever before, and New American Paintings is excited to be a stalwart site for this growing conversation. Order your copy online! A full list of winners, and preview images, after the jump!

Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large

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Selfish Media Archeology: In the Studio with Craig Drennen by openstudiospress

Craig Drennen, Dramatis Personae, 2010 | Oil and alkyd on canvas, 72 x 80 inches. Installation view from Craig Drennen: Timon of Athenssamsøn, Boston.

Currently an artist in residency at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and recently named a Dean at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Craig Drennen has a jocular manner and earnest articulation that made for a cheerful studio visit. For the last several years, Drennen has taken vaguely-familiar staged cultural artifacts (the Supergirl movie from the 1980s, Shakespeare’s most obscure play Timon of Athens, or David Robbins’ Talent) and built challenging hyperreal canvases that invite the audience to reconsider the nature of representation. Our conversation, and more images, after the jump.   —Paul Boshears, Atlanta contributor

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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


NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS ARTISTS ON VIEW


NEW YORK

Liz Markus – Edition #74 (2008 Northeast)
ZieherSmith
November 18 – December 18, 2010
www.ziehersmith.com

LOS ANGELES

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)
ACME
November 20 – December 18, 2010
www.acmelosangeles.com

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Must-See Painting Shows: November by openstudiospress

Kyle Field, from the exhibition KYLE FIELD: Waxing Marks, Courtesy Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles.

This fall there are some really exciting shows at commercial galleries all across the country, especially in the case of artists previously featured in New American Paintings, and we’re pleased to share with our readers the must-see gallery shows of the season. Our staff has put together a list of 40 of the top painting exhibitions at private galleries across the country—from New York to San Francisco to Houston, Chicago, L.A. and more—featuring more than 25 notable and not-to-be-missed shows of contemporary painting from major painting players like Brice Marden, Luc Tuymans, and Danny Rolph. Let the gallery hopping begin!  —Evan J. Garza

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