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Looking at LA and Mexico: Two Group Shows, One City by New American Paintings

Summertime in the gallery art scene often means a variety of group shows full of both new and established artists.  Culver City this month is no exception.  As I wandered from gallery to gallery, two shows that are just doors apart on South La Cienega really struck me, especially given their immediate juxtaposition and proximity to one another.


Alejandro Cartagena | Untitled Lost River #24, 2008, Suburbia Mexicana Project, Archival Inkjet Print. Courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery.

The George Billis Gallery LA is currently showing a second annual rendition of Los Angeles city scenes in “The Cityscape Show II: Images of Land and City.”  And about a block away, the Kopeikin Gallery is showing “Looking at Mexico” alongside images by Alejandro Cartagena, who also curated the companion show. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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Weekly Recap (Week of March 12) by New American Paintings

Last weekend was fun, with a trip to NYC for the art fairs. That led to quite a few posts summarizing our experiences there. We also had some great interviews throughout the week given to us by contributors Ellen C. Caldwell and Josh Reames. If you missed any of the posts, check them out below!

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Gavin Bunner’s Gardens (and Hillsides) of Earthly Delights by New American Paintings
March 14, 2012, 8:15 am
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Satirical. Sexual? Sensical and non… Gavin Bunner’s (NAP #65 & #97) paintings are flat out funny, farcical, and intelligent.  Growing out of his earlier experimentation with watercolors and humorous juxtapositions, Bunner began creating larger compositions in which he inundates the viewer and field with likely and unlikely pairings from pop-culture and the larger media oversoul: Google. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor


Gavin Bunner | Easter Egg Hunt, 44.5in x 30in, 2009

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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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