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Julie Mehretu’s LIMINAL SQUARED at Marian Goodman Gallery by New American Paintings
June 20, 2013, 8:30 am
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The artist Julie Mehretu has often commented that “trying to figure out who I am and my work is trying to understand systems.” In a new body of work on view at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York, it is equally her desire to understand systems and their disintegration that becomes the subject of her art. Taking her point of departure from the events of the Arab Spring, Mehretu employs her trademark aesthetic of complex, layered imagery to evoke the topics of political and social change, as well as the civic spaces that became the sites of the recent revolutions and occupations. – Nadiah Fellah, NYC Contributor

Installation View, Marian Goodman Gallery. Image Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

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Must See Painting Shows: June by New American Paintings
June 10, 2013, 8:30 am
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Summer is a time when many galleries choose to mount group shows, and beginning in July, dozens of such shows will open throughout the country. This month, however, solo exhibitions dominate the commercial gallery landscape…are there are a lot of good ones in the mix. Among them, are shows by more than two dozen New American Paintings alumi. I am particularly excited about John Zurier at Peter Blum Gallery, Garth Weiser at Casey Kaplan, and Ann Toebbe at Monya Rowe Gallery, all in New York City. And if you live in Chicago, be sure to catch a two-person show featuring 2012 MFA Annual artists Samantha Bittman and Gabriel Pionkowski that opens at Thomas Robertello Gallery on June 14th.

There have been many strong shows by mid-career and mature artists as of late. This month the trend continues. In Houston, one of Chicago’s best-known exports, Judy Ledgerwood, has new work up at Barbara Davis Gallery. Maggi Brown, a longtime presence in Boston’s art scene, is on view at Barbara Krakow Gallery. Los Angeles boasts stellar shows by John Wesley and Gary Simmons, at David Kordansky Gallery and Regen Projects, respectively. In New York City, Wolf Kahn at Ameringer McEnery Yohe, Phillip Taaffe at Luhring Augustine, Betty Woodman at Salon 94, and the aforementioned John Zurier are all well worth a visit.

Also in New Work City, Matthew Marks has dedicated three of his gallery spaces to the work of Ellsworth Kelly, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Age does not seem to have slowed Kelly down. The fourteen paintings and two sculptures on view were all executed within the past two years. After seven decades, Kelly continues to rigorously pursue line, color and form.  Enjoy the list! – Steven Zevitas, Publisher

Ann Toebbe
Ann Toebbe. Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery.

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Must See Painting Shows: February by New American Paintings
February 8, 2013, 8:30 am
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It is, once again, a very strong month for New American Paintings’ alumni with close to thirty solo exhibitions on view around the country. Some of these artists are now well established, such as Amy Cutler, others are early in their careers, such as Ellen Lesperance, who is currently exhibiting her intricate works on paper and objects at Ambach & Rice in Los Angeles.

I have written a lot about the dominance of abstraction over the past few years. This month, first-rate representational painting, and in particular figurative painting, can been seen throughout the country. What is most interesting to me is that a growing number of emerging artists seem to be unabashedly embracing aspects of art history that pre-date the 20th-Century.

In New York, be sure to catch Vera Iliatova’s soon-to-open show at Monya Rowe Gallery and Benjamin Senior’s stunning exhibition at James Fuentes (reference points for Senior include Pierro dell Francesca and Poussin). Both artists are well versed with art history, and both have serious technical chops. In Chicago, Ann Toebbe opens a show at EBERSMOORE next week in which the figure adds a new level of complexity to her already charged interiors. In Los Angeles, be sure to catch the soon-to-close exhibition by NAP alum Travis Collinson at Maloney Fine Art, and Henry Taylor, who will open later this month at Blum & Poe.

For those interested in non-objective work, there is plenty on view. Aaron Bobrow will open at Andrea Rosen Gallery this month. Also, in Chelsea, the rarely seen work of Italian painter Giorgio Griffa offers a clinic in how less can be more at Casey Kaplan. One of the curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, artist Michelle Grabner, has new work at Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago. In San Francisco, Noam Rappaport, whose investigations into the line between painting and sculpture have been much talked about, opens at Ratio 3. Enjoy the list. – Steven Zevitas, Publisher

Travis Collinson. Courtesy of Maloney Fine Art.

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12 Must See Painting Shows: January 2013 by New American Paintings
January 16, 2013, 8:30 am
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We have already posted our must-see painting shows for the month of January. Publisher Steven Zevitas has refined that list to the top 12 for the Huffington Post. Check out what he has to say below the jump!

Chris Ballantyne. Courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery.

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Ten Must See Painting Shows: Summer 2012 by New American Paintings

Originally Posted on the Huffington Post by New American Paintings Publisher/Editor, Steven Zevitas

The heat has been turned way up on the East Coast, which is all the more reason to duck into a few galleries as you trudge through the city. As is typical for the summer months, a lot of galleries have mounted ambitious group exhibitions, many of which focus on painting.

In New York City, be sure to see: “The Big Picture” at Sikkema Jenkins (featuring NAP alums John Dilg and David Schutter); “Breed” at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (featuring NAP alum Eddie Martinez); “Stretching Painting” at Galerie Lelong (featuring NAP alums Sarah Cain, Kate Shepherd, and emerging Chicago-based artist, Gabriel Pionkowski); “Contemporary Watercolor” at Morgan Lehman (featuring NAP alums Nina Bovasso, Sarah Cain, Ellen Lesperance and Kim McCarty); “Yeah we are friends and shit” at Josee Bienvenu Gallery (featuring NAP alums Kirk Hayes and Devin Troy Strother); “Stand still like a hummingbird” at David Zwirner (featuring NAP alum Ruth Laskey); “In plain sight” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash (featuring NAP alum Anna Conway); “Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday” at James Cohan Gallery; “Painting in Space” at Luhring Augustine; “Context Message” at Zach Feuer; “Hot Tub Time Machine” at Canada; and “Braman, Buren, Falls, Heilmann, Louis, Thurman” at Eleven Rivington.

Installation view. Courtesy of Eleven Rivington.

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Steve Mumford Interview: Painting Iraq by New American Paintings
November 3, 2011, 8:00 am
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Glasschord posted a terrific interview with artist Steve Mumford. Noah Post spent time with Mumford discussing his time working in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Steve Mumford recently returned from his fourth trip to Iraq, where he spent some ten-and-a-half months drawing. He was embedded with numerous units in the U.S. Army, and also spent time with Iraqis, particularly in Baghdad, where he got to know many young artists. Through drawing Mumford hoped to depict the day-to-day experience of the war zone, from the point of view of both the soldiers and the Iraqis he got to know.” Read the entire interview on Glasschord

Steve in Iraq drawing, Courtesy Glasschord

The Atmosphere of Painted Spaces: Sarah Awad and Storm Tharp by New American Paintings
September 9, 2011, 9:30 am
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Playful demystification inhabits the center of Los Angeles artist Sarah Awad’s Instruments of Culture at Seattle’s James Harris Gallery, a series of large, densely painted canvases depicting the statuary and halls of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Layered with oil to the point that marble sculptures become ghostlike and courtyards become abstracted spaces of color blocks and sketched lines, this series of work accentuates the absurdities of the object display that represents standard practice in museums. The lifeless, gray masses dominating Fallenheads highlights the way severed heads of Roman statuary line the walls of myriad European galleries, while simultaneously referencing the grotesque implications typically associated with classical paintings of severed limbs. – Erin Langner, Seattle Contributor

Sarah Awad | Fallenheads, 2011, oil on canvas, 24″ x 30.” Image courtesy of James Harris Gallery.

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