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Simone Shubuck at Taylor De Cordoba by New American Paintings
May 30, 2013, 8:30 am
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Simone Shubuck’s solo exhibit Do You Like Old Things or New Things That Look Old? at Taylor De Cordoba is forward and refreshing.  Deep coral hues, paint splotches, doodles, feathers, and detailed sketches of chrysanthemum-like shapes comprise her colorful paintings, at times seeming to mimic bouquets and at others, taking on anthropomorphic, creature-like appearances. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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Simone Shubuck | Compartments Of Beliefs, 2012, Mixed media on paper,15.75″ x 11″  All images courtesy of Taylor De Cordoba.

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Jen Pack’s UnQuiet Chromo at Taylor De Cordoba by New American Paintings
November 6, 2012, 7:41 am
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Jen Pack’s (NAP #73) UnQuiet Chromo at Taylor De Cordoba is something of an artistic oxymoron—in the best way possible.  Her works are both loud and quiet.  Soft and hard.  Strong and delicate. Opaque and solid.  Something about her stretched chiffon patchwork defies many of the qualities that the pieces also envelop and embody.


Jen Pack | I Am A Cube!, 2012, chiffon, thread, wood, 58.5″ x 58.5″ x 3.5″ Photo courtesy of Taylor De Cordoba.

Pack sews together narrow strips of chiffon, using contrasting colored threads.  She then pieces these slender and uneven strips together again and again and again, creating a quilted surface that she can stretch over dense and deep wooden frames.  Her works are three-dimensional in many ways and forms. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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Artist Submissions…What’s the Deal? by New American Paintings

“What’s the Deal?” aims to provide artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts with an opportunity to hear the opinions and get tips from individuals that help run the art world. We have an amazing network of prominent art dealers and gallerists ready and willing to answer your questions. For this “What’s the Deal?” post, Heather Taylor, Co-Owner of Taylor De Cordoba, answers a question about best practices for an artist’s approach to submit works to a gallery. As always, we encourage you to share your opinion in the comments section.

If we use your question on our blog, you will receive a free issue of New American Paintings, not to mention the opinion of an experienced art world professional. So keep those questions coming (Instructions on how to ask them at the bottom of the post).

Question: For those galleries that do accept submissions, what are your tips/guidelines for the best presentation?

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Museum Admission: Frohawk Two Feathers at MCA Denver by New American Paintings

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver is an institution and space that is not to be missed – as is the case with Denver itself.  Nestled near the South Platte River, Union Station, LoDo, and Commons Park, MCA is a wide-open, three-story exhibition space that has cultivated an innovative and energetic program, thanks to its visionary director Adam Lerner and its entire team.


View of MCA Denver. Image courtesy of Taylor De Cordoba.

On June 21st, MCA hosted Frohawk Two Feathers’ (NAP #73) first solo museum show opening. Co-curated by Nora Burnett Abrams and Tricia Robson, Frohawk’s We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls, features 20+ paintings on both paper and stretched leather.  The leather sculptures include drums and stretched panels on wood.  And at times, the feaux-aged paper also appears sculptural with its deep divots and contours. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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Charlene Liu’s Triple Threat at Taylor De Cordoba by New American Paintings
May 9, 2012, 8:20 am
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In her third solo show “Everywhere Close to Me” at Taylor De Cordoba, Charlene Liu creates and mediates really special moments with her works on paper.  Using delicate cutouts, overlapping and woven papers, and sculptural pigmented pulpy constructs, Liu creates a world that is both delicate and daring.

Continuing to experiment with and expand upon her works on paper, Liu mixes, introduces, and pits her soft, organic, handmade, pigmented pulp paper against sharp acrylic lacquered cutouts and flattened painted paper surfaces.  Here, bold colors and hard edges interplay and mix with soft shapes and fluid lines. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor


Charlene Liu | Swoop and cyclone, 2012, watercolor, handmade paper, pigmented pulp, 51.5” x 40.5” Courtesy of Taylor De Cordoba.

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Crafting & Curating: “Recrafting History” at Taylor De Cordoba by New American Paintings

I was recently asked to curate a show for Taylor De Cordoba, a gallery in LA’s Culver City art district. “Recrafting History: History, Nostalgia, and Craft in the American Memory” opened on October 29th and since then, I have had a lot of people ask me what exactly curating entails. – Read more of Ellen Caldwell’s curating experience after the jump!


Frohawk opening viewer, Courtesy of Taylor De Cordoba

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Fact, Fiction, and Friction: Frohawk Two Feathers by New American Paintings

During a time when fiction dances eerily with fact, it feels appropriate to look to a contemporary artist from my generation who is using acrylics, tea-dyed paper, and a variety of mediums to blur, illuminate, disguise, and play with these lines.  I first saw Frohawk Two Feathers’ (NAP #73) work at Taylor De Cordoba in 2006 and have followed him and his empire literally through many gallery and museum openings, and figuratively through 100’s of years, numerous battles, wars, and revolutions.  Lives have been lost, prisoners have been taken, but Frohawk always comes out on top.

As current 30-somethings, Frohawk and I grew up in a murky time.  For me, my 20’s were formative: besides being post-college and post-9/11, the 2004 elections, The 9/11 Commission Report, the United States’ invasion of Iraq, and Sarah Palin’s vice presidential nomination influenced my worldview largely.  Bottom line: I don’t believe anything anyone says anymore. – Read more by Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor, after the jump!


Frokawk Two Feather | Amir Al Bahr. Admiral Deucalion Of The Pirate Fleet of Batavia, 2011, acrylic and tea on paper, 30″ x 22″ Courtesy of Taylor Cordoba

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