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October 11, 2018, 5:27pm

NAP Artist on View: Taravat Talepasand

New American Paintings alum Taravat Talepasand (Pacific Coast #43 and #79, MFA Annual 2007) is featured in Bay Area Now 8, the Yerba Buena Center For the Arts' triennial featuring the top artists, architects, and designers in the Bay Area.  

Bay Area Now 8
September 7, 2018 - March 24, 2019

For more information please visit:

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415 978 2700

 

Taravat Talepasand
Trump Runner, Made in Iran
2018
cotton tapestry, made in Iran
108 x 20 inches

photo courtesy of the artist

 

May 11, 2012, 8:30am

Libby Black: Nothing Lasts Forever

I caught up with artist Libby Black (NAP #67 and #85) at Marx & Zavattero gallery in San Francisco, where her show ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ is currently on view (through May 26th). Black has carefully selected and curated the images in the show, mindful of how flower paintings can be associated with ‘Sunday painters.’ To combat this tendency she has injected a layer of darkness and playfulness into the show through unique juxtapositions. For instance, between still-lifes of colorful bouquets is one of a high heel shoe with a penis extending from the toe, a design by Vivienne Westwood.

Listed under: Interview, San Francisco

January 31, 2012, 8:29am

MUST SEE PAINTINGS SHOWS: FEBRUARY

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 12, 2012, 8:15am

Richard Aldrich at SFMOMA

An artist based in Brooklyn, Richard Aldrich’s paintings are products of his eclectic interests and environment. With piece titles that range from being inspired by French philosophy to Kanye West lyrics, his engagement with history and popular culture merge to create a dynamic painting practice. His paintings are often based in abstraction, with hints of figuration. He says of his work, “I don’t really differentiate between what makes a painting abstract or not, because it’s all part of the art…I’m interested in the machinations of contemporary society, or of information in general and how it moves along.

Listed under: Review, San Francisco

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

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

October 31, 2011, 8:15am

Joan Brown at the San Jose Museum of Art

One of Joan Brown’s first encounters with art was as a Catholic high school student in San Francisco. It mainly consisted of calendar covers in her Christian family living course. She later said of her parochial education: “I [knew] that this was just one tiny bit of what there was, and that I just had to get through this—get old enough is what it was—and get the hell out of there.” After graduating, Joan submitted a few pencil sketches of movie stars to the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) on a whim, and was admitted in 1955 at the age of seventeen.

Listed under: Review, San Francisco

October 27, 2011, 10:34am

Must-See Paintings Shows: November

We reviewed upcoming November exhibitions at close to 300 commercial galleries from throughout the United States to compile this list. Once again, it is another extraordinarily strong month for the medium of painting. Highlights include the feverishly painted work of Alison Schulnik at Zieher Smith, Nathan Hylden’s complex meditations on the studio at Richard Telles, and Llyn Foulkes idiosyncratic landscapes at Andrea Rosen. - Must-See November painting shows after the jump!

September 21, 2011, 9:11am

Collaborative Arts: Sandow Birk & Elyse Pignolet

Husband and wife team Sandow Birk (NAP #73) and Elyse Pignolet are solo artists in their own right, but they also form a dynamic collaborative art aesthetic in ambitious projects ranging anywhere from large-scale woodblock print series, to painted ceramic murals, to hand-drawn maps. - Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor

September 17, 2011, 9:30am

The Post-Urban Cityscapes of Alex Lukas

Alex Lukas’ (NAP #92) works on paper are like historical mementos of an event that has not yet occurred. But the artist is careful not to attach a didactic or moralistic message to his work, disliking the term ‘post-Apocalyptic’ for its negative connotations. He says, “The whole idea of post-apocalyptic fiction in our common cultural dialogue focuses on a singular event or turning point, and I’m more interested in a time after that. It’s not so much a depiction of a particular event that changed things, but an ambiguous time [after that].

Listed under: Review, San Francisco

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