Josh Reames, Cycles, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 in, on view in New American Paintings: Midwest Edition on view at the Elmhurst Art Museum.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Following last year’s successful presentation of the first-ever New American Paintings: Midwest Edition exhibition, based on the critically acclaimed exhibition-in-print publication, Elmhurst Art Museum is presenting a second iteration of the Midwest edition, on view now through August 28, 2016. The 2015/2016 painting survey features the innovative and diverse work of 39 new artists from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin, as selected for the publication by Kelly Schindler, Associate Curator at the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum.
The artists participating in this year’s New American Paintings broadly span the spectrum of varying approaches in contemporary painting, including figural representation, material studies, optical abstraction and spatial depictions, while continually redefining the limits of formal categorization. Showcased artists include Alex Jackson, whose vivid paintings mine the cultural signifiers of his own identity and grace the cover of the publication; Magalie Guérin, known for her playful and highly-worked paintings of abstract shapes; and Josh Reames, whose large scale acrylic paintings have revived the 1970s predilection towards abstract illusionism in the 21st century. The exhibition includes a combination of works featured in the catalogue and new works by selected artists in an effort to expand the understanding of this most traditional and fluid of artistic mediums.
This year’s New American Paintings: Midwest Edition was organized by EAM’s curatorial assistant, Peter Guardalabene and Chief Curator Staci Boris, and includes work by Peter Barrickman, Leslie Baum, Laura Bidwa, William Blake, Alicia LaChance and Lauren Zoll, along with a host of others.
For more information about the exhibition or other Elmhurst Art Museum programs, call 630.834.0202 or visit elmhurstartmuseum.org.