"A painter must simultaneously remetabolize and unsee everything that's come before and-through some mysterious, masterful act of cultural Kung Fu-make something new. The artists I chose for this issue of New American Paintings rise to this challenge. Although marching to their own drumbeats, these painters vibrate with what I believe to be important broad directions in art and culture today. Allison Gregory and Joseph Cohen make exciting and innovative abstract images. They are not afraid to fetishize paint, push the picture plane into three dimensions, and generally go for the baroque. A nonrepresentational painting, they argue, can give Lady Gaga a run for her money."

-- Toby Kamps, Senior Curator at The Menil Collection Museum, Houston

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