February 22, 2012, 8:15am

NAP Artist Count, More or Less? (POLL)

Last week we asked New American Paintings readers what they thought about the Artist Statements included in the publication. We have another question for you…All 40 artists in each edition currently have 3 paintings reproduced. Keeping the number of pages in the magazine constant, would you rather see more artists with fewer reproductions per artist, OR, would you rather see fewer artists with more reproductions per artist? Each option has serious implications. For example, if the publication has fewer artists (with more images per artist) the competitions would be tougher but would arguably yield a tighter grouping of artists.

Listed under: Poll
Tagged as: NAP, POLL, reproductions

February 17, 2012, 8:15am

Wanted: Photo Contributor for NYC Art Fairs

We try to cover as much contemporary painting as we can on the NAP/Blog, and sometimes we need your assistance. Are you going to be visiting the art fairs in NYC March 7-11? Do you have a nice camera? Are you the type of person that likes to document visits to your favorite gallery? If so, we could use your to help covering the fairs for our blog.

Listed under: Art Fairs
Tagged as: armory, blog, contributor, NAP, scope, volta

February 16, 2012, 8:15am

Mapping our Foreclosures, One Quilt at a Time: Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark’s (NAP#97) sewn pieces draw on an established quilting aesthetic and tradition.  Visually, they evoke memories of my grandma’s quilts, patch working, and hand-sewn labors of love.  Thematically, they record and capture a history.

Listed under: Los Angeles, Q&A

February 15, 2012, 8:15am

Artist Statements...Yea or Nay? (POLL)

Every edition of New American Paintings features 40 artists who are given a four pages of coverage in which they are represented by 3 full-color images, an edited CV, and a brief artist statement. We are constantly looking for feedback so that we can improve the experience our readers have with the publication. So the question we pose to you with this poll...Artist Statements, Yea or Nay??

Please vote below and be sure to tell us why you voted the way that you did in the comments section.

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Listed under: Poll
Tagged as: NAP, POLL, Statements

January 31, 2012, 8:29am


One of the best parts of my job is getting to see the careers of artists that we have worked with take off. Artists such as James Siena, Amy Cutler and Matthew Day Jackson were all featured in New American Paintings long before they reached the international spotlight. This month is not only an extraordinary month for the medium of painting at galleries around the country, it is a particularly strong month for New American Paintings’ alumni. No fewer than twenty artists featured in past, or upcoming editions, have their work on view in February. Two of my favorites, Summer Wheat and Benjamin Degen, will be featured in the soon to be released 2012 Northeast Edition (#98).

January 24, 2012, 8:15am

New American Paintings Midwest Deadline

It's a leap year, so the deadline for this year's Midwest Competition is February 29th (Midnight EST). If you're a painter residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, or Wisconsin, this is your opportunity to submit work to New American Paintings.

The juror for the 2012 competition will be Lisa D. Freiman, Senior Curator and Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art Department, Indianapolis Museum of Art. We will post more about Ms. Freiman in upcoming weeks.

Listed under: Competitions

January 23, 2012, 8:15am

Above the Grid: Thomas Aaron

Thomas Aaron’s (NAP #96) birds-eye visions of natural landscapes shift the viewer’s perspective instantly.  His paintings offer us satellite-like images of the earth, highlighting both nature and man’s imposition upon it.

Listed under: Q&A

January 18, 2012, 8:15am

The Personal and Personified: Painting with Chelsea James

Painter Chelsea James (NAP #96) captures everyday scenes that are soft and enduring. Personal nooks, quiet contemplative spaces and belongings, and everyday interiors are captured in a warm and nostalgic light.

Something about her work makes me want to live in these homes and spaces she both creates and reflects upon. - More by Los Angeles Contributor, Ellen Caldwell, after the jump!

Listed under: Q&A

January 13, 2012, 8:30am

Erin Payne: Winner of New American Paintings Reader's Choice!

Erin Payne (NAP #93, MFA ANNUAL) has been selected by our blog readers as the winner of this year's New American Paintings Reader's Choice Prize. The Prize is a $500 gift card sponsored by Blick Art Materials, and, thanks to NEXT ART CHICAGO, Payne will also have a painting hung at the fair in April.

Listed under: Q&A, Vote!


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