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Artist Nell Painter
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Brodsky Center Series Acquired by Additional Museum
Nell's series "You Say This Can't Really Be America," made at the Brodsky Center in 2017, has been acquired by a second museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, after the Smith College Art Museum.
Nell Painter’s New Book
Nell Painter’s art school memoir is coming. Official publication kick-off at the New York Public Library on 19 June 2018. Stay tuned for other events around the country.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR OLD IN ART SCHOOL
“Old in Art School is a glorious achievement…Nell Painter has taken the coming of age story to a new level—this is what you get when a wise person gets even wiser, when a true artist spreads her wings.” —Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow
“Nell Painter has courage and intelligence. She reminds us that the only option as we grow older is to grow younger. Never forgetting our curiosity and passion, we are well armed for the challenge.” —Maira Kalman, author of The Principles of Uncertainty and Beloved Dog
“Painter blows up treasured clichés about what it means to be ‘an artist’ and who fits that role, presenting us with comic scenes of questionable pedagogy. This book…deserves to be widely read and hotly discussed!” —Joyce Kozloff, artist
“Memoirs by black women artists are extremely rare, and this one is so beautifully written, so perfectly formed in terms of its storytelling trajectory…Old in Art School seems both definitive and unforgettable.” —Michele Wallace, author of Dark Designs and Visual Culture
“What a delightful turn by Nell Painter. One would read anything she wrote, having written what she has, but this chronicle of going to undergraduate and then graduate art school in her sixties is an especially fascinating, lively work.” —Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, WA)
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2017 Art Events
Nell's interview in Art in Print: Nell Painter: Working In The Year 2017
Video of Nell's interview with Carol Jenkins on CUNY Television's Black America series on April 26, 2017, "Black America - Through a Painter's Eye with Nell Painter": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_b6qwX9f0c&t=6s
2014 Art Events
The French group Les Amis de Beauford Delaney protect the memory of the great American painter who lived and died in France. They discovered that Nell Painter had made work inspired by Beauford Delaney.
NJTV video interviews include Nell Painter and shows her work. NJTV visits Emerge 11, an exhibit of 21 artists at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Emerge is a group art show and also a professional development program for artists. NJTV spoke with the founding directior and five of the Emerge 11 artists, including Nell Painter. (Published on Oct 23, 2014)
Nell Painter is mentioned in a review of the Emerge 11 group show in the Star-Ledger newspaper (Art Review: Emerge 11 at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, in Newark). Here is an excerpt from that review, discussing Nell's work:
"I think there's a lot of heart in this show," says Jorge Rojas, the independent curator who organized "Emerge 11," though he didn't choose the artists. The show is one of the rewards for acceptance into the program. "There's a lot of handwork. Most of the artists are younger than I am, but there's also Nell Painter. She had a distinguished career as a historian at Princeton University, concentrating in 19th century Southern American history, and then she decided to pursue a career in art, and went through the Rhode Island School of Design. And now she's showing these hypnotic abstractions based on an archival photograph of a dog fight in Brooklyn in the 1970s. You can still see the dogs, but they're like a memory buried in the picture."
The entire Star-Ledger review can be read here:
Nell was on a panel discussion on poetic process, cultural translation, and aesthetic collaboration at The Center for the Humanities, CUNY, Mar 5, 2014: "Birthplace with Buried Stones."
2013 Art Events
Nell in her studio with some of her artwork on the Newark Arts website: by Colleen Gutwein, Newark Arts Photo Documentary Project, https://www.newarkartsphotodoc.com/dr-nell-painter.
2012 Art Events
In spring 2012 Nell was artist-and-scholar in residence in the Department of African American Studies at Yale University. Her new art project was Odalisque Atlas (beauty + sex + slavery): http://afamstudies.yale.edu/news/nell-irvin-painter-2012-visiting-fellow-afam-studies
Evonne Davis, Nell, and Glenn Shafer at an opening at Aferro, an artist-run space in downtown Newark where Nell was an artist in residence 2011-2012. Evonne and Emma Wilcox run Aferro, which has been in its present location on Market Street for more than five years.
2011 Art Events
Nell Painter has earned her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design!
Charles Botsman-Feimster beside Nell's painting Back Man 1 in the RISD 2011 MFA show.
Nell's studio at the Rhode Island School of Design in the winter of 2011, with Lucille Fornasieri-Gold's photos on the wall with Nell's paintings.
2009 Art Events
Nell received a BFA degree in painting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey in May 2009 (while she was actually serving as a visiting professor at the University of Rome Tre). As the Virtual Artist in Residence of the Creative Research Center of Montclair State University in New Jersey, her work can be seen at http://www.montclair.edu/creativeresearch/index.html. Here are other examples of her student artwork.
View Nell's Art (by year produced)
Bathroom Book for Meena, 2013, collage on paper, 6 x 39”
Digital self-portrait, 2013, digital image on paper, 19 x 13”
CWCW User 86 Profile Image, 2013, digital collage on paper, 12 x 12”
CRC images, 2013, digital images, dimensions vary
Beloveds, 2013, digital collages on paper, each 5-1/2 x 5-1/2”
Art History Volume XXVII by Nell Painter, Ancestral Arts, 2013. Artist’s book, “Staples Edition,” 8 x 9-1/2” each page. Larger format T/K
Black Sea Composite Maps 2012
Black Sea Composite Map 4
Black Sea Composite Map 8
Fall 2011 Art
In November-December 2008 Nell Painter created a series of paintings inspired by Brooklyn photographs by Lucille Fornasieri-Gold in the Brooklyn Historical Society. Here are four from that series, ink and gouache on paper, all 22" x 30".
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