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.
TO BE AUCTIONED AT PHILLIPS ON JULY 8, 2020.
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.)
September 11, 2018, 12:42pm
Then and Now: 10 New American Paintings Alumni Who Became Art Stars
On our 25th anniversary of New American Paintings, we take a look back at some of the NAP artists who have made it big.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
oil on linen
72 x 60 inches
photo courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
January 07, 2018, 10:35am
You Had Me At Hello: 150 Contemporary Artworks That Altered My Consciousness - Part 2
I look at a lot of art. Some of it good, some of it bad. Every once in a while, I come across artwork that fundamentally changes me, even if I don’t understand it at the time. A friend of mine recently asked me which works had had the greatest impact on me over the years, so I compiled my thoughts. This is not a greatest hits list and many artists I love are not included in it. These are all works that have been, for whatever reason, seared into my brain. To be honest, there are a number of artists on this list whose overall practice I am not a particular fan of, yet, they got to me at least once. – Steven Zevitas, Publisher
December 13, 2017, 10:30am
Miami Art Week 2017 Roundup
Another week of art, and pretty much whatever else, in Miami is in the books. This year, I participated in the amazing UNTITLED art fair, which has been gaining ground as a “must see” fair for serious collectors. As always, I took the opportunity to get out to visit other fairs, museums and private collections. There was a lot of good energy in Miami and a lot of strong artwork to be seen. - Steven Zevitas, Publisher
January 10, 2016, 10:09am
Catchig up with Blaise Rosenthal, 2014 New American Paintings Annual Prize Winner
One of the most gratifying aspects of publishing New American Paintings over the years has been watching our alumni go on to accomplish great things. The publication's history is replete with artists who were featured early in their careers that have gone on to become nationally and, in some cases, internationally recognized artists. Among them are individuals such as Iona Rozeal Brown, William Cordova, Amy Cutler, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Matthew Day Jackson, Eddie Martinez, Allison Schulnik and James Siena. At the end of the day, New American Paintings' number one goal is to offer deserving artists a vehicle though which there work can be discovered by an engaged and geographically diverse audience.
Since 2010, New American Paintings has awarded an annual prize to one of the two hundred and forty artists featured in that calendar year's six issues (look for our 2015 poll in the next week). In 2014, the winner of that prize was self-taught artist, Blaise Rosenthal, whose dusky, minimal abstractions draw more from his personal experiences and the American landscape then they do art historical precedent. I ran into Rosenthal's work on my annual visit to the Miami art fairs in early December. As I walked down an aisle of the UNTITLED art fair, there they were in the distance. I recognized them instantly, which, in today's overcrowded and homogenized art world really says something. It may sound trite, but these paintings have genuine presence and are clearly made by an artist who is actively searching...who is digging in the dirt. There is no artifice, or pretense to them.
As it happens, the reason Rosenthal's paintings were on view at UNTITLED is that Oakland based gallery Johannson Projects had recently discovered the work in New American Paintings. By all accounts, the relationship between Johannson and Rosenthal has turned into one that has been mutually beneficial. I had the chance to speak with Rosenthal at UNTITLED, and subsequently reached out to ask him some additional questions about his work and practice. Our conversation can be found below. - Steven Zevitas, Publisher
Blaise Rosenthal | The Ridge, Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 26x29 Inches
August 24, 2012, 8:30am
Against The Grain; Auction Benefitting LA Art Students
We received word of a great auction this weekend (Saturday) at the Mark Moore Gallery that will raise grant funds for one Los Angeles-based student artist. Against the Grain, according to its creators, 5790projects, the auction will,"feature works on paper that showcase diversified studio practices through a shared medium.
August 07, 2012, 8:30am
Ten Must See Painting Shows: Summer 2012
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.
December 02, 2011, 8:15am
Ryan Travis Christian at Western Exhibitions
I’ve never seen anyone successfully treat a pencil as a painting tool the way Ryan Travis Christian does. In his current show, entitled River Rats, at Western Exhibitions is a large array of his recent drawings of technically proficient geometric explosions, early 20th century-style cartoon characters, drug references, and op-art patterns that fluctuate between being graphic and expressionistic. The space in the drawings is both converging and exploding simultaneously. The work itself seems mischievous, the product of a recurring theme of a self-referential suburban upbringing and the tomfoolery that accompanies the banality of growing up in the ‘burbs.
March 25, 2011, 2:44am
New American Paintings & The Huffington Post: Eddie Martinez
Art Basel Miami Beach installation view of Eddie Martinez, The Feast, 2010, mixed media on canvas (tripych), 8 x 28 feet, Courtesy of The Saatchi Collection, London and ZieherSmith, New York.
February 14, 2011, 11:39am
Tacos (& a studio visit) with Chuck Webster
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