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Steven Zevitas, Boston, Massachusetts, is the President of The Open Studios Press, publisher of New American Paintings, the New American Paintings/blog, Studio Visit magazine and OSP Catalogs. He is also the owner and director of Steven Zevitas Gallery, which has operated in Boston's South End since 2002. Zevitas is active as a writer, curator and consultant within the arts community.

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15 Artists to Watch in 2015 (+ 3)

(6) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 10:52 AM

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Katherine Bernhardt. Courtesy of CANADA, New York City.


It has been a busy couple of weeks for the medium of painting. I just returned from my annual trip to art world summer camp, aka Art Basel Miami Beach, where thousands...

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Must See Painting Shows: November/December 2014

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 2:34 PM

There has been a lot of talk as of late about the receding importance of brick and mortar gallery spaces and a perceived dearth of quality programming at those that still exist. While the internet and the general ease of global communication are sited as causes, the rise of the...

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Must-see Painting Shows: October 2014

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:42 PM

After a sleepy summer, the art world is once again up and running full tilt. Among the hundreds of painting shows on view throughout the country this month are close to three-dozen solos by New American Paintings' alumni. They range from shows by talented emerging artists such as Samantha Bittman...

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Must-see Painting Shows: April 2014

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Back in December, I wrote an article in which I suggested that, after a number of years in which abstraction has been the dominant mode of painting in the "contemporary art world," we might start to see an upswing in image-based painting. It is not exactly a Delphic prophecy, given...

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Must See Painting Shows: March 2014

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:02 PM

So I got a little carried away this month. There are so many strong shows around the country that this month's must see list contains twenty-eight exhibtitons, and I could have easily added more.

It is a big week in the New York art world as multiple art fairs...

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The Things We Think and Do Not Say, or Why the Art World is in Trouble

(9) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:24 PM

I had a Jerry Maguire moment last night. I couldn't sleep, so I decided to write. The following thoughts are a bit of a ramble -- a sketch, really -- and I leave it to others to expand on the dialogue. If I had a business manager, I'd probably be...

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40 Galleries You Should Know If You Love Paint: Redux

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:54 PM

I put together my first selection of Forty Galleries You Should Know if You Love Paint in 2012. As with everything in life, a lot has changed in the art world over the past two years. Some of my favorite galleries have closed, including Harris Lieberman in New...

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Must-see Painting Shows: February 2014

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:10 PM

There are more than two dozen New American Paintings alumni on view this month, and some of our favorites are among them. Molly Zuckerman-Hartung opens a show of new work at Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago on February 7, just two months before she appears in the 2014 Whitney Biennial....

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Must-see Painting Shows: January 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:10 PM

I looked at a lot of art while hunkering down to escape the subarctic temperatures blasting through Boston and much of the country last week. My monthly review of more than 400 gallery shows yielded close to one hundred must-see painting shows, three dozen of which involve New American Paintings'...

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14 Painters (+2) to Watch in 2014

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 8:52 AM

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Dona Nelson. Courtesy of Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, NY.


Artists kept making paintings in 2013, and they did so in ever more inventive ways. If any single word can sum up the overriding concern of many younger artists...

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Must See Art Shows for November 2013

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 2:28 PM

There are more than two-dozen exhibitions by New American Paintings' alumni on view this month. Among them are the always environmentally conscious Alexis Rockman at Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, hot Chicago export Scott Reeder at Lisa Cooley in New York City, and the extraordinary Sarah McEneaney at Locks Gallery in...

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Must See Painting Shows: September 2013

(7) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 6:35 PM

September traditionally marks the beginning of the art season, at least as far as commercial galleries are concerned. As collectors and art world professionals return from summer destinations far and wide, you can feel the art world start to shift into high gear. Not surprisingly, many galleries choose to present...

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Must-See Painting Shows: June 2013

(7) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 2:02 PM

Summer is a time when many galleries choose to mount group shows, and beginning in July, dozens of such shows will open throughout the country. This month, however, solo exhibitions dominate the commercial gallery landscape, and there are a lot of good ones in the mix. Among them are shows...

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Must See Painting Shows: April 2013

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 6:49 PM

April is another strong month for painting around the US. At 20 shows, this is the largest list that I have published to date, and it could have easily been longer.

The recent trend of solid shows by mid-career artists continues. Be sure to catch veteran painter

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Must-See Painting Shows: March 2013

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 11:18 AM

More than four dozen New American Paintings' alumni are on view throughout the country this month. Two artists originally featured in MFA Annual issues from the early 2000s, Iona Rozeal Brown and William Cordova, are now on view in New York at Salon 94 and Sikkema...

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Must See Painting Shows: February 2013

(7) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 12:39 PM

I have written a lot about the pervasiveness of abstraction over the past few years. This month, things feel a bit different, as a remarkable number of first-rate representational painting, and in particular figurative painting, exhibitions are on view at galleries throughout the country. What is most notable to me...

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13 Painters to Watch in 2013

(23) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 11:32 AM

There is always a lot happening in the super-charged art world of the 21st century, and I am constantly amazed by the number of new artists who seem to emerge each year. Some would say that the cart is driving the horse -- that the machine that is the contemporary...

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12 Must See Painting Shows: January 2013

(5) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Out of the more than 400 commercial galleries were surveyed this month, more than 70% had painting shows on view. Among them are two dozen solo exhibitions by New American Paintings alumni. New Orleans native Nicole Charbonnet, who was featured in one of our earliest issues, presents new work at...

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12 Must See Painting Shows: November 2012

(20) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 2:04 PM

More than forty New American Paintings' alumni are on view this month throughout the country. They range from mid-career painter, Trenton Doyle Hancock, to 2010 Hunter MFA grad Michael Hilsman, who is having his first solo exhibition this month at Louis B. James in New York City. The San Francisco...

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14 Must-See Painting Shows: October 2012

(4) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 8:44 AM

October 2012 has proven to be an extraordinary month for the medium of paint. There are dozens of strong exhibitions on view throughout the country, which made culling together this list particularly challenging. Selecting only ten shows proved to be too hard of a cut, so this month's list has...

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