Filed under: Chicago, Kansas City, Review | Tags: Anne Lindberg, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, Kansas City, Kent Michael Smith, New Work from Kansas City, Paul Anthony Smith, Stephanie Cristello
An effort to define “Midwestern Painting” has been a major topic of discussion lately – not a quite debate, but definitely an inquiry. Carrie Secrist’s recent exhibition New Work from Kansas City, featuring work by Anne Lindberg, Kent Michael Smith, and Paul Anthony Smith, foregrounds an emphasis on site and contemporary practice in the Midwest. While the press release pushes against a read of “regionalism”, the exhibition suggests otherwise – though perhaps this ever-present theme of region is symptomatic of a larger condition concerning a rise in questioning Midwestern “standards” for a definition toward “painting,” the term. Strung together by a loose thread of abstraction, the exhibition features the artists’ differences as opposed to their similarities. Far from being a negative thing, New Work from Kansas City highlights some very prevalent issues in what it means to put together exhibitions with a Midwestern slant today in Chicago. – Stephanie Cristello, Chicago Contributor
Anne Lindberg | parallel 39, 2013, graphite and colored pencil on cotton mat board, 58 x 51 inches,Courtesy the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago
Filed under: NAP News, Sneak Peeks | Tags: #102, Aaron Parazette, Aaron Storck, Alexandre Rosa, Austin Parkhill, Bill Arning, Brad Tucker, Bret Slater, Brian F. Haberman, Catherine Colangelo, Charlotte Smith, David Titterington, Dustin London, Gordon Sean Magnin, Jack Balas, Jave Yoshimoto, Jeff Parrott, Jeffrey Dell, Jenene Nagy, Jody Guralnick, Joseph Cohen, Kate Rivers, Kent Dorn, Kent Michael Smith, Kim Cadmus Owens, Laura Lark, Matthew Bourbon, Michael Bise, Michael Krueger, Milton Ausherman, Molly J. Wicks, Myke Venable, New American Paintings, Preetika Rajgariah, Robert Jessup, Robert Ruello, Russ Havard, Rusty Scruby, Shane Tolbert, Siobhan McBride, sneak peek, Tanmaya Bingham, W. Tucker, West, Winston L. Mascarenhas
Within the next few weeks the West issue of New American Paintings, #102, will be received by subscribers and newsstands across the country. Juror, Bill Arning, Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX, spent quite a bit of time making the selections you see below. But he also reassures us in his essay that, “There were a lot of ‘almosts’ this round, many of whom could have made the cut, and while that usually is small consolation to those whose friends, dealers, and collectors don’t see them on these pages, it should be comforting to know that this is only the tip of the iceberg of new scintillating artworks coming your way at a gallery, museum, or alternative space near you.”
We hope you will pick-up a copy and let us know what you think!
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After the jump see a full list of the artists selected for the NAP #102 and few sneak peek photos!
Filed under: Art World, Kansas City, On the Road | Tags: Allison Schulnik, Andrew Katz, Angel Otoro, Archie Scott Gobber, Bill Brady, Bruce Hartman, Carrie Scanga, Cordy Ryman, Corey Antis, Dana Schutz, David Ford, Dolphin Gallery, Huma Bhabha, Ian Davis, James Brinsfield, Jason Fox, Joe Bradley, Jules de Balincourt, Justin Gainan, Kansas City, KEHINDE WILEY, Kent Michael Smith, Kirk Hayes, Leidy Churchman, Lisa Sanditz, Miles Neidinger, Nate Fors, Nerman Museum, Oppenheimer, Plug Projects, Tomory Dodge
That’s right, there is great art in Kansas City. Let me start by saying that I am no stranger to the region. I grew up in Kansas (leaving off the “City” on purpose, for those sticklers for geography), and since leaving it behind for college 15 years ago, a lot has changed. For example, the suburbs have grown beyond belief, the downtown area is no longer a place you go to get shot, and you can eat excellent food that isn’t BBQ. Although I don’t know why you would do the latter. But more importantly to you, a reader of this blog and I assume an art lover, KC has a robust and continually growing art scene. I only got a taste during my recent visit, but figured there was more than enough to share. I was fortunate enough to stop by the Nerman Museum, Dolphin Gallery, Bill Brady Gallery, and Plug Projects, places I would consider “Must-Sees” while visiting the city. – Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher (And Kansas Native)