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I Heart KC Art by New American Paintings

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)

Nerman Museum Exterior, designed by Kyu Sung Woo Architects, Inc.

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Must-See Exhibitions: A Summer Guide by openstudiospress

Chris Johanson, Hey There, That’s You, 2011 | Acrylic and latex and mirror on wood, 45 1/2 x 54 inches. Courtesy Altman Siegel, San Francisco.

It’s time to break out the sunscreen and the summer group shows (and there’s no shortage of each). 
Our editorial staff have put together our Summer Must-See list for July and August, our guide to more than 50 of the best contemporary painting exhibitions in the country, including dozens of notable and not-to-be-missed shows by masters like De Kooning and serious emerging talent like Matt Connors, Lesley Vance, Leidy Churchman, Chris Johanson, and more. Also included are our picks for summer shows by artists previously featured in New American Paintings.

From L.A. to Chicago, Houston to New York and back, our guide includes exhibitions in every corner of the country. Images and listings after the jump!

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11 to Watch in 2011: Editor’s Picks by openstudiospress

Jeffrey Gibson, Looped, 2010 | Acrylic, oil, and spray paint on linen, 16.5 x 21 inches. Courtesy Samsøn, Boston.

Through the course of a year, we see a lot of work. After reviewing thousands of artists annually through the New American Paintings jurying process, visiting hundreds of private gallery exhibitions and museum shows, attending major art fairs, and doing countless studio visits across the country, the editorial staff at NAP have put together a shortlist of artists that really stood out from the pack last year. These are the artists to watch in 2011.

2010 was an exciting year for contemporary painting, from a painting-heavy Whitney Biennial, to stand-out works in MoMA PS1‘s Greater New York, to huge showings at art fairs like NADA and Art Basel Miami Beach, and with each exhibition a new way of thinking about the medium itself. President and publisher of New American Paintings, Steven Zevitas, and I have each put together a list of 11 artists to look out for this year, which puts the total at 22 painters to watch! So keep your eyes peeled. Pics (and picks) after the jump.  —Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large

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