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New American Paintings

New American Paintings

Issue 140

New American Paintings reveals America’s most promising emerging artists. Prominent curators review thousands of artists each year so that you can discover the best. Additional editorial content focuses on the medium of painting and the artists and art world professionals who influence its direction. A must have for art aficionados.

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new american paintings

ISSN 1066-2235 $20 Editor/Publisher: Steven T. Zevitas Associate Publisher: Andrew Katz Designer/Production Manager: Kayelani Ricks Operations Manager: Alexandra Simpson Marketing Manager: Liz Morlock Copy Editor: Lucy Flint Recent Jurors: Nora Burnett Abrams Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Bill Arning Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Janet Bishop San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Staci Boris Elmhurst Art Museum Nina Bozicnik Henry Art Gallery Steven L. Bridges Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Dan Cameron Orange County Museum of Art Cassandra Coblentz Independent curator Eric Crosby Walker Art Center Susan Cross MASS MoCA Dina Deitsch deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Lisa Dorin Williams College Museum of Art Anne Ellegood Hammer Museum Lisa D. Freiman Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University Evan Garza Blanton Museum of Art Rita Gonzalez Los Angeles County Museum of Art Alison Hearst Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth Laura Hoptman The Museum of Modern Art, New York Arnold Kemp School of the Art Institute of…

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online resources

NYFA CLASSIFIEDS Find job listings, open calls for artists, studio spaces, and more at www.nyfa.org/Classifieds. NYFA SOURCE Explore over 12,000 resources and opportunities for artists in all disciplines on NYFA Source, the nation’s largest online arts database. #ARTISTHOTLINE Artist Professional Development Day on Twitter every third Wednesday of the month from 9:30AM - 5:30PM EST. BUSINESS OF ART NYFA's Business of Art directory is a comprehensive archive pertaining to the practical side of artmaking. Open doors at www.nyfa.org…

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editor’s note

I write these words having just returned from the show that everyone loves to hate: the Whitney Biennial. Like its predecessors, the exhibition’s 2019 iteration is filled with the good, the bad, the earnest, and the teasingly oblique. As someone who spends much of their time thinking about painting, of which there is a good deal to consider at the Whitney, I came away from the exhibition more excited by other media—in particular, the extraordinary sculptural installation by Nicole Eisenman, which for me was the show’s highlight, the works of Puerto Rico–based sculptor Daniel Lind Ramos, and the photographs of Paul Mpagi Sepuya. All three of these artists made contributions that felt urgent and perhaps, in our turbulent times, necessary. My two favorite paintings at the Biennial were works by Jennifer…

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Rebecca Ness Juror’s Pick p118 Parts of Rebecca Ness’s paintings are familiar—the clasped hands, parted hair, printed blanket, crisp jacket—but Ness fuses these descriptive details with the flat rectangle of the stretched canvas, contorting figure and canvas into each other to form visibly awkward yet absolutely necessary unions. Gloved fingers touch the canvas’s crisp edge as if about to enter a body; riotous patterns offer sly glimpses of skin and hair lying beneath. The results are striking and careful paintings that perfectly conjure the intimacy and detachment suffusing daily life. Emily Furr Editor’s Pick p66 Emily Furr’s paintings were a case of love at first sight for me. Within the larger resurgence of image-based painting, there is a group of mostly female artists whose practice can be called “neo-surreal.” In many ways, Nicole Eisenman is…

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winners: northeastern competition 2018

Juror’s Selections: Deborah Anzinger | Amanda Baldwin | Bradley Biancardi | Susan White Brown Tim Buckley | Anne Buckwalter | Laura Chasman | Taha Clayton | Kenny Cole | Casey Cook Ashley Norwood Cooper | Dennis Dawson | Mark Joshua Epstein | Emily Furr Jim Gaylord | Nava Gidanian-Kagan | Addis Goldman | Angela Heisch | Hai-Hsin Huang Melissa Joseph | Jenny Kemp | Matthew King | Talia Levitt | Shona Macdonald | Teague Muir Brad Nelson | Rebecca Ness | Roberta Paul | Jenna Pirello | Josias Figueirido Rivas Tajh Rust | John Burt Sanders | Brooke Henderson Stewart | Megan Stroech | Ben K. Voss Editor’s Selections: Ana Benaroya | Jim Butler | Devin Johnson | David X. Levine | Danielle Orchard…

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ruth erickson

In my conversations with artists, teachers, and especially curatorial colleagues over the past few years, painting has been like a central trunk from which branches of dialogue, debate, and close looking grow. For some, painting’s centrality has been experienced as a return, an echo of something they took part in during the 1980s or ’60s or ’20s. For others, a continuation. As someone who spent the late ’90s and early 2000s immersed in video, social practice, and installation art, I have experienced painting as something quite new. One branch of conversation has focused on figuration and identity—mostly portraiture, through which artists question and explode notions of identity, race, sex, ability, and class, and explore the experiences of belonging or disenfranchisement. Another branch has traced the contours of abstraction, cleaving between…