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NAP #101 Sneak Peek by New American Paintings

Within the next few weeks the Midwest issue of New American Paintings, #101, will be received by subscribers and newsstands across the country. Publisher/Editor, Steven Zevitas, remarks in his Editor’s note, “I have a feeling that this issue of New American Paintings might be a bit provocative to a portion of our readership on account of the ways it pushes the idea of what constitutes a ‘painting.'” Juror, Lisa D. Freiman, Senior Curator and Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, mentions in her essay that, “Most of the works by Midwest artists chosen…challenge traditional definitions of painting or sculpture and instead explore a hybrid state that incorporates aspects of both…” We hope you will pick-up a copy and let us know what you think!

You can order this back-issue online or by calling 617-778-5265 x0

After the jump see a full list of the artists selected for the NAP #101, and a few sneak peek photographs of the issue. Enjoy!

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Bodily/Fluid: Rachel Niffenegger & Paul Nudd at Western Exhibitions by openstudiospress
June 1, 2011, 1:42 pm
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Installation shot, Rachel Niffenegger & Paul Nudd, Western Exhibitions, Chicago

The pairing of emerging Chicago artists Rachel Niffenegger and Paul Nudd is a pretty incredible one. Each works in a kind of creepy corporeal vernacular here — Niffenegger in discolored sculptural malformations and Nudd in diseased beings — casting grotesque forms of the body in diverse media. Their respective work is both repulsive and deeply engaging, disgusting and overwhelmingly gorgeous simultaneously, making for a natural pair working in unnatural forms.

Their two-person show for Western Exhibitions doesn’t mark the first time the two have been exhibited together. Both Niffenegger and Nudd (who has been featured in editions #71 and #83 of New American Paintings) were each recently featured in Seeing Is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA), curated by forthcoming Midwestern Competition juror, Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

Skulls, boils, ooze, hair, and all manner of painterly body fluids (and tons of pics) after the jump!

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Must-See Painting Shows: May by openstudiospress

Iva Gueorguieva, I as Bear, 2011 | Acrylic and collage on canvas, 90 x 84 inches. Courtesy Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York.

The sun is out, the air is cool, and the new shows are getting hot. New York Gallery Week is in full swing, and private galleries across the country are giving it all they’ve got before collectors and gallery-goers disappear for the summer. Our editorial staff have put together our monthly Must-See list for the month of May, our guide to more than 50 of the best contemporary painting exhibitions in the country, including 15 shows of artists previously featured in New American Paintings and dozens of notable and not-to-be-missed shows across the USA. 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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