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Painting in Earnest: The 10th Northwest Biennial by New American Paintings

This year marks the 10th annual Northwest Biennial hosted by the Tacoma Art Museum. Famously referred to as a “dusty old jewel” by former resident Neko Case in her song “Thrice All American,” Tacoma, Washington may not be the expected location for a major survey of contemporary work from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and, for the first time, British Columbia. However, standing beside the almost-shuttered Washington State History Museum (due to funding challenges) and two blocks away from Pugnetti Park, site of the modest Occupy Tacoma encampment since October, the art selected for the Northwest Biennial speak directly to its surroundings. – Erin Langner, Seattle Contributor

Jeremy Mangan, Trojan Horse, 2010. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 96 x 104 inches, diptych. Courtesy of Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, and the artist.

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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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