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Ten Must See Painting Shows: Summer 2012 by New American Paintings

Originally Posted on the Huffington Post by New American Paintings Publisher/Editor, Steven Zevitas

The heat has been turned way up on the East Coast, which is all the more reason to duck into a few galleries as you trudge through the city. As is typical for the summer months, a lot of galleries have mounted ambitious group exhibitions, many of which focus on painting.

In New York City, be sure to see: “The Big Picture” at Sikkema Jenkins (featuring NAP alums John Dilg and David Schutter); “Breed” at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (featuring NAP alum Eddie Martinez); “Stretching Painting” at Galerie Lelong (featuring NAP alums Sarah Cain, Kate Shepherd, and emerging Chicago-based artist, Gabriel Pionkowski); “Contemporary Watercolor” at Morgan Lehman (featuring NAP alums Nina Bovasso, Sarah Cain, Ellen Lesperance and Kim McCarty); “Yeah we are friends and shit” at Josee Bienvenu Gallery (featuring NAP alums Kirk Hayes and Devin Troy Strother); “Stand still like a hummingbird” at David Zwirner (featuring NAP alum Ruth Laskey); “In plain sight” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash (featuring NAP alum Anna Conway); “Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday” at James Cohan Gallery; “Painting in Space” at Luhring Augustine; “Context Message” at Zach Feuer; “Hot Tub Time Machine” at Canada; and “Braman, Buren, Falls, Heilmann, Louis, Thurman” at Eleven Rivington.


Installation view. Courtesy of Eleven Rivington.

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Pacific Coast Issue #97 Sneak Peak! by New American Paintings

The 2011 Pacific Coast Issue, #97, is now hitting newsstands across the US. It is expected to ship to subscribers in the next 1 to 2 weeks, so keep an eye out. The juror for this much-anticipated issue was Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

In her essay, Ellegood notes that, “Painting is a surface for imagination. This is abundantly evident in the submissions I reviewed for this edition of New American Paintings. While the works presented in the following pages are notably eclectic, one striking correspondence among the artists is their belief that painting can offer us insights into our world…” — View a list of all featured artists and see a few more sneak peaks after the jump!

You can pre-order the issue by calling 617-778-5265. 

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New American Paintings’ Miami Beach Highlights by New American Paintings

For the past decade, Miami has effectively become the art capital of the world for one week in early December of each year. Spearheaded by the launch of Art Basel Miami in 2001, the city now plays host to more than a dozen satellite art fairs, and countless events and performances spread throughout the city. Hundreds of galleries from around the world participate in the various fairs and events, and they offer the unprecedented opportunity for art enthusiasts, collectors and art world professionals to consider the work of thousands of artists. Overwhelming? Absolutely. Fun? You bet. An art fair might not be the best situation in which to seriously consider works of art, but there is no better place to get the pulse of the current art world. — Read more from NAP Publisher, Steven Zevitas, and see some highlights after the jump!


Artist Amze Emmons (NAP #41, MFA Annual 2002, #81, #98), in front of his work at Fountain

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Northern Exposure: Seattle’s Ambach & Rice Make the Move to L.A. by openstudiospress

Installation view, Eric Yahnker: Cracks of Dawn, Ambach & Rice satellite exhibition @ Kunsthalle LA, Los Angeles.

Ambach & Rice is a Seattle-based gallery that first opened its doors back in 2003 as a modest book store/gallery. Over the past eight years, Seattle has had the unique opportunity to watch them grow into one of the city’s premier galleries. Their diverse roster blends international artists like Ron van der Ende and Karen Sargsyan, with Northwest artists like Jeffry Mitchell and Grant Barnhart. The gallery has always seemed to prefer the periphery to the limelight. When they outgrew their old space, instead of relocating to the Seattle’s traditional art district in Pioneer Square, they moved to outlying Ballard, an historic Scandinavian seafaring community which has slowly gentrified into a mix of eclectic shops, upscale restaurants and dive bars with live music.

Their tendency to stay on the edges, however, is about to change. It’s the final weekend for Ambach & Rice in Seattle, and when they re-open in Los Angeles this September, it will be in a very central location on Wilshire Boulevard. With this move, Ambach & Rice join other west coast galleries, like San Francisco’s Jancar Jones, who have opted to make L.A. their new home.

The final Ambach & Rice show in Seattle, The Strong, Star-Bright Companions by Ellen Lesperance, will close this Sunday. Before they skip town, I wanted to chat with Charlie Kitchings, co-owner, and his wife, Amanda, about their impending move to Los Angeles, their ability to adapt, and what led them to the move in the first place.  —Joey Veltkamp, Seattle contributor

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