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David Rathman and the Wild West Reimagined by New American Paintings
June 24, 2013, 8:30 am
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David Rathman’s recent watercolor exhibit “Hope I’m Never That Wrong Again” at Mark Moore Gallery featured fading sepia-toned watercolor cowboys gallivanting around a fading wild west like ghosts…It was filled with images reminiscent of Lonesome Dove that would have made Larry McMurtry proud.

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David Rathman | There Never Was Any Good Old Days, 2013, Ink and watercolor on paper, 28 x 42 inches. Image courtesy of Mark Moore Gallery.

At times these cowboys appeared to be riding out toward the viewers and at others, they looked to be fading into the background.  Regardless, they welcome us into a turbulent past… Yet Rathman’s combination of monotone colors, delicate washes, and humorous titles suggest a rebirth and reimagining of the violent days of yore, in the form of bittersweet and gritty nostalgia. – Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor Continue reading

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David Rathman at Mark Moore: A Q&A by openstudiospress

David Rathman, All my Lovelies, 2010 | Watercolor on paper, 48 x 39.25 inches. Courtesy Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.

Amidst LA’s calm and casual art mecca, Culver City, Mark Moore Gallery currently features watercolors by David Rathman and photographs by David Hilliard in the two-man exhibition Great Expectations.

Like the Dickens novel it’s titled after, the show explores the aftermath of a number of great fallen expectations: dichotomous images of masculinity, the role of male heroes past and present, and the art of nostalgic remembrance. Rathman’s paintings may be subdued in color, but not in content. I spoke with him about the show and his musings on capturing momentum and creating memories.  —Ellen Caldwell, LA contributor

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Must-See Painting Shows: March by openstudiospress

Kristine Moran, Slow-wave 2,  2011 | Oil on canvas, 60 x 54 inches. Courtesy of Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York

It’s March, which means art fairs and new spring openings. The snow is melting (somewhat) and it’s time to hit the pavement to see some new work. 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 this month—from New York to Los Angeles, Chicago to Miami, and more—including more than a dozen shows from artists previously included in New American Paintings and featuring dozens of notable and not-to-be-missed shows from across the country.

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