Art World

December 29, 2011, 8:15am

New American Paintings Annual Prize: 2011 Panelists

As we have previously mentioned, it's time for our Annual Prize. Every issue of New American Paintings features two "Noteworthy" artists, one selection made by our editorial staff, and the other by the issue's juror. Those twelve artists are automatically in the running to receive top prize, which includes cash, a gift certificate sponsored by BLICK Art Materials, and a chance to have their work displayed at the Next Art Chicago fair.

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December 28, 2011, 2:00pm

Helen Frankenthaler

"Helen Frankenthaler, the lyrically abstract painter whose technique of staining pigment into raw canvas helped shape an influential art movement in the mid-20th century and who became one of the most admired artists of her generation, died on Tuesday at her home in Darien, Conn. She was 83.

Read More about Frankenthaler on The New York Times website >

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Tagged as: Helen Frankenthaler

December 22, 2011, 8:15am

12 to Watch in 2012: Publisher’s Picks

2011 was a strong year for the ever-resilient medium of painting as artists continued to push the idea of just what a painting can be in terms of materials, scale and subject. I expect that 2012 will be no different. Over the past twelve months I visited hundreds of gallery exhibitions and did dozens of studio visits. Because of New American Paintings, I was also privileged to review the work of the more than 5,000 artists who applied to our competitions in 2011.

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December 15, 2011, 8:15am

Crafting & Curating: “Recrafting History” at Taylor De Cordoba

I was recently asked to curate a show for Taylor De Cordoba, a gallery in LA's Culver City art district. "Recrafting History: History, Nostalgia, and Craft in the American Memory" opened on October 29th and since then, I have had a lot of people ask me what exactly curating entails. - Read more of Ellen Caldwell's curating experience after the jump!

Listed under: Art World, Los Angeles

December 13, 2011, 8:15am

Must-See Paintings Shows: December

In the 300+ gallery exhibitions that we previewed for this post, we discovered a number of New American Paintings' alumni on view in December. Jim Lutes continues to produce a substantial body of work and, once again, demonstrates why he is one of Chicago’s leading painters. And check out Dolphin Gallery’s group exhibition “Push” which features several NAP artists, including a favorite of ours, Michael Krueger. Other shows that stand out: Fernando Mastrangelo at Charest-Weinberg, Byron Kim and James Cohan Gallery, and Cordy Ryman and Eli Ridgway. Enjoy the list! Please check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section after the jump!

Tagged as: December, Must-See

December 06, 2011, 8:15am

New American Paintings' Miami Beach Highlights

For the past decade, Miami has effectively become the art capital of the world for one week in early December of each year. Spearheaded by the launch of Art Basel Miami in 2001, the city now plays host to more than a dozen satellite art fairs, and countless events and performances spread throughout the city. Hundreds of galleries from around the world participate in the various fairs and events, and they offer the unprecedented opportunity for art enthusiasts, collectors and art world professionals to consider the work of thousands of artists. Overwhelming? Absolutely. Fun? You bet.

Listed under: Art Fairs, Art Market, Art World

December 03, 2011, 8:45am

The Art Newspaper at Art Basel Miami Beach

Painting is so hot right now. An abundance of Gerhard Richter's and Sigmar Polke's around Art Basel Miami isn't a fluke. Richter is subject of the documentary Gerhard Richter Painting, which had its American premiere here last evening, plus saw career-high bids for Abstracks Bild and other mind-melting paintings at Sotheby's NY last month. Meanwhile his countryman Polke, who passed away last year, set a record at Sotheby's London several months earlier for his '67 work Jungle. Just don't make the mistake of dubbing framed artwork "conservative": painting can be just as lyrical, energetic, experimental, or shocking as its three-dimensional kindred.

Listed under: Art Fairs, Art Market, Art World

December 01, 2011, 8:15am

When in Miami...

There are tons of great fairs and plenty of projects to check out while you're in Miami this year. Our staff and contributors wanted to give you the heads-up on a few things we think are definitely worth checking out. There are hundreds of other things we could have mentioned, but let's start here...Big thanks to Brian Fee, Erin Langner, and Alex Ebstein. Check out their recommendations after the jump! And be sure to tell us your recommendations in the comments section!

November 29, 2011, 9:00am

Quickie Guide to the Miami Art Fairs

Hard to believe that it's already that time of year, but the most highly anticipated art event is upon us again. This week the art fairs open in Miami, so we've compiled a quickie guide of our favorite fairs to help you along in your adventure.

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November 09, 2011, 8:15am

The Art of Occupation

As the Occupy movement continues to grow, the lines between ‘artist’ and ‘activist’ have become increasingly blurred. Images, text, video and photographs convey the messages and events of the movement on every available surface, website, blog, and twitter feed. In fact, as Martha Schwendener recently noted, Liberty Plaza, or any occupation site for that matter, has “became a kind of art object: a living installation or social sculpture.”  - Nadiah Fellah, SF Contributor

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