May 03, 2012, 8:30am

Must See Painting Shows: May

May is traditionally the last month of the art world “season.” As summer looms, rhythms change and many galleries choose to mount group exhibitions instead of solo shows. It makes sense, after all, why try to promote an individual’s work when your clients are scattered to various vacation spots around the world? Fortunately, many galleries are ending the season with a bang and presenting A-level solo shows by artists of all career points.

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April 28, 2012, 12:15pm

Weekly Recap (Week of April 23rd)

Another full week on the blog. In addition to introducing our West Juror, Bill Arning, and reminding everyone to apply to the West Region competition by the April 30th deadline to avoid a late fee, we recommended two exhibitions and did a Q&A with past New American Paintings' featured artist Marissa Textor (#97). After the jump, check out summaries of this week's posts!

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April 25, 2012, 10:12am

New American Paintings West Deadline

We are nearing the deadline for our West competition which is April 30th, Midnight (EST). So, if you reside in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, or Wyoming, now is your chance to apply to New American Paintings. We are excited to have Bill Arning, Director, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, as our 2012 juror.

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April 23, 2012, 10:10am

New American Paintings West Juror: Bill Arning

We are thrilled to have our friend, Bill Arning, serve as the juror of the upcoming West region competition. The deadline is April 20th, Midnight, EST. In case you haven't been following the blog in recent weeks, there is more information about the West competition, including the states invited, after the jump!

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April 16, 2012, 8:16am

Sale on New American Paintings Back Issues!

Time to do a little Spring Cleaning! Plus, we are all in good moods here because of the beautiful weather. We hope things are the same in your neck of the woods. In any case, for this week only we are offering all New American Paintings fans 50% off on all back issues! If you call the office through Friday at 5PM, EST, you can purchase any available back issue for only $15, shipping included (regular price: $30). 

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April 14, 2012, 12:00pm


This week we mixed it up. There was a poll, a few reviews, and a feature on the Culver City Art District Gallery Guide. If you missed any of it, this is your chance to go back and get your fill. After the jump, we've summarized the week's blog activities. So check it out!

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April 10, 2012, 9:11am

Artist Headshots: Stay or Go Away?

Although we don't have any immediate plans to change the format, in the office we often talk about ways to improve the experience for our readers. The latest question on the table relates to the headshots we provide with each New American Paintings artist spread. Some feel like the photo of the artist is fun and compliments the biographical information provided, while others think it takes up too much space and doesn't serve a purpose. What do you think? After the Jump, use our poll to join in the conversation and let us know what you think in the comments section!

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April 07, 2012, 9:30am


Another packed week on the blog, a new post everyday! That's not easy to do, people. Our writers are hard at work to bring you the best and this week they delivered. If you missed this week's fun, it's all summarized in a nice, tidy post below. Enjoy!

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March 05, 2012, 11:41am


There are dozens of strong painting exhibitions on view in March. In the interest of full disclosure, I not only publish New American Paintings, but I have a gallery in Boston as well. I am very fortunate to have an show of new paintings by Peter Opheim this month. Opheim focused his energies on abstraction for more than two decades, but in 2010 his work took a radical shift. While he begins each work with by creating of a small clay model, his paintings are anything but “still-lifes”; rather, they are extraordinary mediations on the medium of paint and the activity of painting.

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February 25, 2012, 8:00am

Weekly Blog Recap (Week of February 20)

It was a busy week on the blog. Just in case you missed something, here is a quick recap of events with links to the original posts. Enjoy!


On Monday we released the names of the featured artists from New American Paintings #98, the Northeast Issue. Only two more issues until our 100th publication! Go here to see the entire list of winners!

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