There's no need for special introduction: here's a subjective list of the 10 most interesting artist that were active in last year. Enjoy!
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Cao Fei, "Hello Kitty", 2005, courtesy of Cao Fei[/caption]
Who is China’s most interesting artist right now? Forget Ai Wei Wei. Cao Fei, creator of brilliant, dense and visually captivating works, with a touch of dream-like intercultural imagery to them, is the one to be excited about.
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Amalia Ulman, "Excellences & Perfections", photo from artist's Instagram[/caption]
How to make contemporary feminist art? Just look at Ulman’s Instagram (plus her videos and performances too, you won’t be regretting).
Kerry James Marshall
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Kerry James Marshall, "Nude (Spotlight)'", 2009, Courtesy Defares Collection[/caption]
If you think Beyonce's "Lemonade" is boldly exploring black identity, just look at Marshall’s uncompromising paintings.
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Helen Marten, Still from "Orchids, or a Hemispherical Bottom", 2013 Courtesy of the artist; Sadie Coles HQ, London; Greene Naftali, New York; Johann Koenig, Berlin; and T293, Rome/Naples[/caption]
Britain’s most hip sculptor, creator of mysterious and beautiful structures, winner of this year’s Turner Prize.
After mixing animation with real-life film footage in video works, Wolfson gained broad recognition thanks to his robotic, monumental, playful, grotesque, and a bit horrifying "Colored sculpture".
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Carmen Herrera in the studio. Photo courtesy by Camilo Fuenteable[/caption]
Better late then never. Cuban American abstract painter turned 101 (!) and became finally widely appreciated for her plain but bursting with energy geometrical compositions. Long live, Mrs. Herrera!
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Omer Fast, still from "Continuity" (2012)[/caption]
Israeli born, Germany based video artist keeps making captivating video works that blur reality and dream-like distortions in order to explore traumas and overlooked sides of everyday reality.
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Guerrilla Girls, "Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum?", 1989, © courtesy www.guerrillagirls.com[/caption]
Feminist collective comprised of anonymous women is active since the mid-80s, still highlighting institutional inequalities.
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Jon Rafman, “View of Pariser Platz” (2016), installation view[/caption]
Author of the brilliant series of works made using Google Street View (you can see it here
, highly recommended) started working with VR. And it worked perfect.
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David Hockney in front of new work Credit: David Hockney/ David Rose[/caption]
We wrote about his latest show recently
. Still moving forward, still creating great works, both grandeur and subtle.