Thursday, July 5, 2007

Local Artists in "New American Paintings"

Posted on Thu, Jul 5, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Two painters; two Memphians: Tad Lauritzen Wright and Jon Lee. They're among the 40 emerging and mid-career artists from the South featured in New American Paintings 70 (The Open Studios Press), available for $20 on newsstands until the end of July.

The New American Paintings series is a juried exhibition-in-print, and in this year's Southern edition, Charlotta Kotik, curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, viewed the submissions of over 700 painters.

Lauritzen Wright, represented locally by David Lusk Gallery, plays with repetition and multiple sources -- art history, cultural icons, games, chance drawings, to-do lists -- as in (shown) Check List (Second Chance Series).

Lee, who shows at Jay Etkin Gallery, draws on a wide range of visual sources too. The result is imagery that's jam-packed and energetic -- testament to Lee's roots in grafitti art.

Congratulations to Memphians Lauritzen Wright and Lee for making the curatorial cut. And thanks to New American Paintings, both artists are in the pages of a beautifully produced "exhibition-in-print."

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