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Gallerist at Home: Monique Meloche by New American Paintings

Hip, stylish, and ever-tasteful, Monique Meloche (the founder, owner, and namesake of monique meloche gallery) and her husband live in a contemporary single family home in Ukranian Village, Chicago.  After Meloche and her husband got married and moved into their home, they opened the gallery in that very residence in October of 2000 with an exhibition aptly called “Homewrecker” before opening to the public in 2001.

Rashid Johnson, Thug, 2000, neon and mahogany, 48 x 48 in. Image courtesy of artist and moniquemeloche; Photography by Heidi Norton.

Twelve years later, Meloche is still a tastemaker in the art world and gallery circuit.  Meloche also founded Gallery Weekend Chicago, an annual fall art fair that runs from September 21-23rd this year.  Having started the gallery in her home, Meloche is a perfect candidate for Gallerist at Home, as she is constantly testing and blurring the lines between personal and private — home and gallery. – Ellen C. Caldwell Continue reading


Iona Rozeal Brown and 30 Americans at Corcoran by New American Paintings

Over New American Paintings’ history we have reviewed the work of tens of thousands of artists. For those with a keen interest in contemporary painting, the publication has had an incredible track record of featuring artists that have gone on to gain significant attention. Iona Rozeal Brown is one such artist. She was featured in our 2002 MFA Annual when she had just graduated from the Yale School of Art. We knew there was something special about her even then, and nine years later she has proven it with an international exhibition record and a collector base that includes the New Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum.

Brown is a participant in The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s exhibition called 30 Americans, which, “…showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.” The show, which runs through February 12th, was organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. — More about the exhibition and participating artists after the jump!

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Art21 presents ‘New York Close Up’ by openstudiospress

Next week, our friends at Art21 will premiere an exciting new Web series on art and life in New York City: ‘New York Close Up.’ Focusing on the “next wave” of young, important contemporary artists in New York, and featuring some of the City’s hottest and most talented emerging artists, the new documentary film series will peer into studio practices, parties, performances, exhibitions, social scenes, residencies, and even the artists’ homes. 

Art21 has already won Peabody awards for their previous film work focusing on contemporary artists, including their famous documentary series ‘Art in the Twenty-First Century‘ and the film ‘William Kentridge: Anything is Possible,’ and their new series is well poised to snatch a few more trophies. What makes the new Web series different prior film projects is an unmistakable focus on the flurry of opportunities and experiences granted to artists in the early stages of their career, and a marked attention to the emerging cultural environs of New York City.

Premiering next week on June 13 with episodes on Kalup Linzy and Shana Moulton, ‘New York Close Up’ will also focus on eight other featured artists, including: Lucas BlalockMartha ColburnKeltie FerrisLaToya Ruby Frazier,Tommy HartungRashid JohnsonKalup LinzyShana MoultonMariah Robertson, and Mika Tajima.

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