December 22, 2022, 6:17pm

Top 20 NAP Alumni Shows of 2022


As the year comes to a close, we reflect on all the incredible painting exhibitions we've witnessed this year - and within them, the overwhelming success of numerous New American Paintings Alumni. Over the past 29 years we've had the pleasure of sharing the work of many notable emerging and under-recognized artists with our subscribers. In the list below, you will find some big names in painting, like Amy Sherald, who was featured on our pages in 2010, as well as some names from recent years that you are sure to see pop up more and more. It is our pleasure to present our Top 20 NAP Alumni Shows of 2022:

August 03, 2021, 3:19pm


Written by Michael Wilson

The sky fades from a deep red-brown down to a dusty pink above an indistinct horizon. Mountains slope down to a valley, their surfaces muted shades of orange and ochre marked by patches of more strident mustard yellow and wine red. Areas of dirty blue-green denote a river flowing between them—or perhaps this is nothing more than a mirage, a side effect of the crepuscular light. In the center of the scene, a broad, diagonal stroke in shades of vegetal green sweeps up and to the right before coming to an abrupt halt. Occupied by its own distinct scene, it suggests a portal into another landscape altogether—or perhaps the same site at a different point in time. The mysterious interruption pulls the rug from under the onlooker’s feet, disrupting the comfortable illusion of a single, unified subject and reminding us of the confusions and conflations that painting necessarily entails. We’re looking at something that is at once modest and expansive, materially real and an absolute illusion, figurative and abstract.

Kimberly Brooks, Red Canyon, 2021, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

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June 26, 2020, 1:03pm

EDDIE MARTINEZ: Table Paintings

Eddie Martinez, Intergalactic Go Fish, 2007, acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas, 60 x 72 inches.

Over the past decade, New American Paintings alum Eddie Martinez (Issue #68, 2007) has become widely recognized as one of the great painters of the early 21st-Century. His resume now boasts dozens of exhibitions at galleries and museums, internationally. In recent years, he has become one of the most highly sought-after artists by an international collector base who have driven up the artist’s secondary market prices. (In November 2019, a large canvas by Martinez fetched $2,000,000 at Christies.)

Listed under: Art Market
Tagged as: Eddie Martinez

March 31, 2020, 2:02pm

NAP on View: COVID-19 Affected Exhibitions

The COVID-19 crisis is changing all of our lives in ways that we could not have imagined even a month ago. The art world, which is always a fragile ecosystem, is already feeling the strain as museums, art fairs, galleries and myriad other organizations have been forced to close, or cancel upcoming events. This is, unfortunately, only the beginning. Once the economic dusts settles, artists, and those who spend their lives supporting their efforts, are in for a bumpy ride. 


Over the coming weeks, we at New American Paintings will be using our creativity and platform to help promote the work and efforts of artists around the country. Artists can spend months, and sometimes years, preparing for exhibitions, and the galleries that support them dedicate vast amounts of time and resources to making those exhibitions happen. Here is a sampling of exhibitions by New American Paintings alumni that are being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.


-- Steven Zevitas, Founder and Editor in Chief 



1. Britton Tolliver (Pacific Coast #139): Luis de Jesus Los Angeles


installation view, courtesy of the artist and Luis de Jesus Los Angeles


Listed under: NAP Artists on View

March 10, 2020, 2:55pm


Armory Week may be over, but we’re still taking it all in.  Between (prescribed) fist bumps and elbow taps, there was great painting at every turn—including

December 17, 2019, 6:09pm

NAP TAKE OVER: Art Basel Miami Beach

As we trade in our bathing suits for winter coats, we take a look back at the 71 NAP alumni that took over Miami Art Week this year.  No matter whether you were strolling down a long aisle at Untitled, turning a corner at NADA, or scooting around celebrities at Art Basel, there were NAP stars at every turn.  To see so many old and new friends making waves warms our hearts more than fuzzy socks and boots could ever warm our toes.  

Congratulations to all of our NAP family! Keep scrolling to see the -we repeat- *71* NAP artists on view


Devan Shimoyama (NAP #116 and #105)
Courtesy of Kavi Gupta.

September 18, 2019, 5:11pm


1. Hauser & Wirth New York: Amy Sherald (South #88)

Amy Sherald. the heart of the matter…
September 10 – October 26, 2019 

Amy Sherald, When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be (Self-imagined atlas),2018, oil on canvas, 54 x 43 x 2 inches 
Image courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

March 15, 2019, 4:37pm

Personal Stars: Maia Cruz Palileo at Monique Meloche Gallery

She has finally come, born across centuries and oceans and the yawning gaps of the pied world hewn for us and by us from the flesh and bone of the Earth, across the ragged expanse—flesh hanging like foliage, necrotic, mycological and un-healing as the hearts of men (men especially, here, not “men” as the priapic stand-in for all humankind, which is a fucked up way to think and really truly indicative of the kind of men we are being dealt with here, men who happen upon a glorious verdant chain drawn across the vicious expanse which hides in it the horrors of our world, the planet's calid sacred heart, the shifting red, the immolating ring born on the Jovian finger of the true ruler who we have betrayed, just like we're betraying each other, or more specifically in this case these men are betraying each other), the men whose claret-caked hands have driven the bayonet, twist the aperture far beyond the fibrin, wipe clean the entrails and drive forward again—and she has freed, has excised, has extricated the men's targets, with a deific scalpel, debridement as deliverance, from the burdens of white men, from the alien words which fall hard, knocking teeth over like tombstones—cultural vandalism!, vandalism-cum-conquest, petty and political, in the sense of all structures being re-sorted, the scaffold a literal skeleton—as they drop like a bird kill; has cut them free of the white cloth which is the funeral veil of their own humanity, the very backdrop to the cruel slavery of scare quote science before which they pose dead on and in profile, the twin portraits of prisoners and objects, and placed them instead in the tabula rasa of a sympathetic and empathetic framer …

December 07, 2018, 12:35pm

New American Paintings Alumni Take Over NADA Miami

NAP is still soaking up the sun at Art Week Miami. First, we took a trip to see the 20 NAP Alumni taking over UNTITLED Miami, now we roll on over to NADA Miami and share 17 NAP Alumni and stand-out stars.  Keep reading for the booths you shouldn't miss: 


1. Anthony Iacono (MFA #129)
Marinaro Gallery | Booth #1.07


acrylic on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 inches

Image courtesy of Marinaro Gallery


December 05, 2018, 12:09am

New American Paintings Alumni Take Over UNTITLED Miami

It’s that time of year again- Art Week Miami is upon us.  New American Paintings is trading in our winter coats for flip flops and jetting off to UNTITLED Miami.  Come with us as we see friends of past and present, starting with the 20 NAP Alumni booths you don’t want to miss:


1. Alex Jackson (Midwest #119)
Jenkins Johnson Gallery | Booth #D22


Trance Glance
oil on panel
24 x 20 inches

Image courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Gallery


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