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.

In New York City, be sure to see: "The Big Picture" at Sikkema Jenkins (featuring NAP alums John Dilg and David Schutter); "Breed" at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (featuring NAP alum Eddie Martinez); "Stretching Painting" at Galerie Lelong (featuring NAP alums Sarah Cain, Kate Shepherd, and emerging Chicago-based artist, Gabriel Pionkowski); "Contemporary Watercolor" at Morgan Lehman (featuring NAP alums Nina Bovasso, Sarah Cain, Ellen Lesperance and Kim McCarty); "Yeah we are friends and shit" at Josee Bienvenu Gallery (featuring NAP alums Kirk Hayes and Devin Troy Strother); "Stand still like a hummingbird" at David Zwirner (featuring NAP alum Ruth Laskey); "In plain sight" at Mitchell-Innes and Nash (featuring NAP alum Anna Conway); "Everyday Abstract - Abstract Everyday" at James Cohan Gallery; "Painting in Space" at Luhring Augustine; "Context Message" at Zach Feuer; "Hot Tub Time Machine" at Canada; and "Braman, Buren, Falls, Heilmann, Louis, Thurman" at Eleven Rivington.

Installation view. Courtesy of Eleven Rivington.

Installation view. Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery.

Elsewhere around the country there are plenty of group shows to be found, but, there are also a number of strong solo exhibitions. Iva Gueorguieva continues to gain a lot of attention, and with her first show at Vielmetter in Los Angeles, many more people will have a chance to see her work (check out a video that we did about her). Emerging Texas artist, Bethany Johnson, produces exquisite ink on paper work that can be seen at Houston's Moody Gallery this month. In San Francisco, you still have a few days to check out Patrick Wilson's abstract paintings at Marx & Zavattero.

Iva Gueorguieva. Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

I am a sucker for artists who have produced a significant body of work over an extended period of time and have, for whatever reason, not gotten the attention they deserve. At 91 years of age, Northwest-based artist Gaylen Hansen, is high on my list of "most under-recognized" painters. Sure, he had a Seattle Art Museum retrospective a few years ago, but outside of that city he is a virtually unknown quantity. This month, his long time dealer, Linda Hodges, will present an exhibition of recent work that is a true Must See. I want to personally congratulate Gaylen on decades of superb work.

Gaylen Hansen. Courtesy of Linda Hodges Gallery.
Ten Must See Painting Shows Summary:
The Big Picture: John Dilg at Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.
Braman, Buren, Falls, Heilmann, Louis, Thurman at Eleven Rivington.
Decade: Jake Longstreth at Gregory Lind Gallery.
Everyday Abstract - Abstract Everyday at James Cohan Gallery.
Iva Gueorguieva at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.
Gaylen Hansen at Linda Hodges Gallery.
Steve Locke at Samson.
Scott Olson at Overduin and Kite.
Painting in Space at Luhring Augustine.
Stretching Painting: Gabriel Pionkowski at Galerie Lelong.