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Gallerist at Home: Margaret Heiner by New American Paintings

Nestled in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood, Margaret Heiner’s cozy gallery Heiner Contemporary, is quite perfect for a bustling college town, as it offers visitors young, fresh, and contemporary art.

Heiner has a keen eye for contemporary art, which at her home, serves as quite a compliment to her husband’s passion for Renaissance and Baroque art.  Together, their home reflects their combined love and zeal for art, while also showcasing their different tastes and preferences. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor


Bedroom Grouping, featuring artists: Alexander Gorlizki, R. A. Miller, Edwina White, Skylar Fein, Tony Feher, Avery Lawrence, Dawn Black, Walead Beshty, David Kramer, iona rozeal brown, William Powhida, Theodore “Ted” Turner. Photo courtesy of Nicole Lanteri.

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Museum Admission: Frohawk Two Feathers at MCA Denver by New American Paintings

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver is an institution and space that is not to be missed – as is the case with Denver itself.  Nestled near the South Platte River, Union Station, LoDo, and Commons Park, MCA is a wide-open, three-story exhibition space that has cultivated an innovative and energetic program, thanks to its visionary director Adam Lerner and its entire team.


View of MCA Denver. Image courtesy of Taylor De Cordoba.

On June 21st, MCA hosted Frohawk Two Feathers’ (NAP #73) first solo museum show opening. Co-curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Tricia Robson, Frohawk’s We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, features 20+ paintings on both paper and stretched leather.  The leather sculptures include drums and stretched panels on wood.  And at times, the feaux-aged paper also appears sculptural with its deep divots and contours. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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Crafting & Curating: “Recrafting History” at Taylor De Cordoba by New American Paintings

I was recently asked to curate a show for Taylor De Cordoba, a gallery in LA’s Culver City art district. “Recrafting History: History, Nostalgia, and Craft in the American Memory” opened on October 29th and since then, I have had a lot of people ask me what exactly curating entails. – Read more of Ellen Caldwell’s curating experience after the jump!


Frohawk opening viewer, Courtesy of Taylor De Cordoba

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Fact, Fiction, and Friction: Frohawk Two Feathers by New American Paintings

During a time when fiction dances eerily with fact, it feels appropriate to look to a contemporary artist from my generation who is using acrylics, tea-dyed paper, and a variety of mediums to blur, illuminate, disguise, and play with these lines.  I first saw Frohawk Two Feathers’ (NAP #73) work at Taylor De Cordoba in 2006 and have followed him and his empire literally through many gallery and museum openings, and figuratively through 100’s of years, numerous battles, wars, and revolutions.  Lives have been lost, prisoners have been taken, but Frohawk always comes out on top.

As current 30-somethings, Frohawk and I grew up in a murky time.  For me, my 20’s were formative: besides being post-college and post-9/11, the 2004 elections, The 9/11 Commission Report, the United States’ invasion of Iraq, and Sarah Palin’s vice presidential nomination influenced my worldview largely.  Bottom line: I don’t believe anything anyone says anymore. – Read more by Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor, after the jump!


Frokawk Two Feather | Amir Al Bahr. Admiral Deucalion Of The Pirate Fleet of Batavia, 2011, acrylic and tea on paper, 30″ x 22″ Courtesy of Taylor Cordoba

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Gallerist at Home: Heather Taylor by New American Paintings

Heather Taylor, gallerist and owner of Taylor de Cordoba in Culver City and blogger extraordinaire, is a woman on the go to say the least.  Her gallery is best known for its intimate space, innovative program, and collaborative events, such as Eating Our Words.


Heather outside Taylor de Cordoba, PHOTO CREDIT: Alex de Cordoba

The gallery is home to both established and up-and-coming artists, and is an inviting space for art lovers and novices alike.  Much like the gallery she has cultivated, Heather’s home is a place of particular peace and beauty.  Art hangs against earth-toned walls and amongst beautiful textiles and vignettes of cozy collectibles.

I sat down with Heather to find out the back-stories behind some of her favorite art that hangs in her own personal space. – Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor

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NAP Artists at PULSE New York by openstudiospress

PULSE New York never seems to disappoint, as made clear by Trenton Doyle Hancock‘s exhibition for the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) this weekend. It’s a fair that seems to get stronger each year, and 2011 is no different. Our Designer/Production Manager, Dana Cordova, took some shots of previously featured New American Paintings artists exhibited at PULSE this year, including Gregory Euclide, Astrid Bowlby, Hadieh Shafie, Frohawk Two-Feathers, and more. Pics after the jump.

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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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