The Future of Painting Is Here, and It’s Weird As Hell

The Future of Painting Is Here, and It’s Weird As Hell

At FBA Futures, the UK’s largest annual showcase of emerging art, painting is used to represent a state of mind. These highly subjective reflections offer new perspectives on the world around us, one that is playful, strange and occasionally surreal.

Elephant3 days ago

George Condo, Painter of Picasso-Inspired Tableaux, Is Now Represented by Hauser & Wirth

George Condo, Painter of Picasso-Inspired Tableaux, Is Now Represented by Hauser & Wirth

In December, ARTnews reported that George Condo, a juggernaut of contemporary painting, was in talks to join the roster of one of the biggest galleries. Now, the news is confirmed.

Art News3 days ago

Beloved Portraitist Henry Taylor Is the Latest Artist to Be Lured in by Mega-Gallery Hauser & Wirth

Beloved Portraitist Henry Taylor Is the Latest Artist to Be Lured in by Mega-Gallery Hauser & Wirth

Henry Taylor, the Los Angeles-based painter adored by curators and critics alike, is the latest artist to join Hauser & Wirth’s rapidly expanding roster.

Artnet3 days ago

Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Rose Wylie

Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Rose Wylie

Rose Wylie is a British painter known for her large paintings on unprimed canvas. She got her big break in her 70s, and she's nowhere near slowing down.

Artland Magazine3 days ago

John Baldessari: "I could never figure out why photography and art had separate histories. So I decided to explore both."

John Baldessari: "I could never figure out why photography and art had separate histories. So I decided to explore both."

Educator and artist John Baldessari combined photography, painting, and text to become “arguably America’s most influential Conceptual artist.”

Artland Magazine8 days ago

Sergei Eisenstein - Father of Montage

Sergei Eisenstein - Father of Montage

Sergei Eisenstein was a world-renowned theorist and filmmaker best known for his use of montage and his film Battleship Potemkin.

Artland Magazine8 days ago

How Do You Build a Blue-Chip Market in 10 Years? The Trajectory of ‘Bad Painter’ Albert Oehlen Provides a Blueprint

How Do You Build a Blue-Chip Market in 10 Years? The Trajectory of ‘Bad Painter’ Albert Oehlen Provides a Blueprint

Could 2020 be the year that Albert Oehlen—a polarizing artist both beloved and dismissed—sees his work top $10 million at auction?

Artnet9 days ago

11 Emerging Artists Redefining Abstract Painting

11 Emerging Artists Redefining Abstract Painting

A new generation of painters, all 40 years old or younger, are rethinking what we might call, for lack of a better term, abstraction. For them, labels aren’t important.

Artsy11 days ago

John Baldessari, the Wry Teacher Who Became a Path-Breaking Pioneer of Conceptual Art, Has Died at 88

John Baldessari, the Wry Teacher Who Became a Path-Breaking Pioneer of Conceptual Art, Has Died at 88

Pioneering Conceptual artist John Baldessari, whose droll, witty work helped expand the definition of art and shaped a generation of artists who came after him, has died. He was 88. His gallery, Marian Goodman, confirmed his passing, though a cause of death was not immediately available.

Artnet12 days ago

Standards and Practices, Vol.3: Does Maurizio Cattelan know what he's responsible for?

Standards and Practices, Vol.3: Does Maurizio Cattelan know what he's responsible for?

In his monthly column about the mores of the art world, William Pym investigates the ideology of one of the great iconoclasts.

Artland Magazine13 days ago

Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Ruth Asawa

Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa was a Japanese-American artist who is best known for her hanging wire sculptures. Since 2017, she has been receiving a new wave of attention.

Artland Magazine15 days ago

Ones to Watch: The Rising Art Stars of 2020

Ones to Watch: The Rising Art Stars of 2020

As we enter a new decade, these are the artists who will see their star rise this year. Keep your eyes peeled for these future greats—you’re going to be seeing a whole lot more of them in 2020.

Elephant15 days ago

3 Million People Follow Artist Leah Schrager’s Cam-Girl Instagram Project. In a New Interview, She Explains Why She’s Ending It.

3 Million People Follow Artist Leah Schrager’s Cam-Girl Instagram Project. In a New Interview, She Explains Why She’s Ending It.

Schrager launched Ona in 2015 as an active cam-worker and conceptual art-project pushing cam-girl aesthetics and the boundaries between sex work and the artists who sell postmodern self-objectification and creative intimacy.

Art News15 days ago

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 4

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 4

In the final installment of this four-part series, our critic reveals his picks—number 25 through number 1—of the key artworks of the 2010s.

Artnet17 days ago

Here Are the 8 Absolute Worst Works of Art We Saw in 2019, as Chosen by the Artnet News Staff

Here Are the 8 Absolute Worst Works of Art We Saw in 2019, as Chosen by the Artnet News Staff

Sometimes we come across an artwork so profound, so thrilling, so completely beautiful that it lingers fondly in the mind for years to come. Other times, we look at something and think, “Whoa… that stinks.” Like, big time. Here are some of those 2019 duds, as chosen by our writers and editors.

Artnet18 days ago

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 3

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 3

In the third installment of a four-part series, our critic reveals his picks—number 50 through number 26—of the key artworks of the 2010s.

Artnet18 days ago

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 2

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 2

In the second installment of a four-part series, our critic reveals his picks—number 75 through number 51—of the key art of the 2010s.

Artnet18 days ago

Giuseppe De Mattia's fruit and vegetable stall at Matèria in Rome

Giuseppe De Mattia's fruit and vegetable stall at Matèria in Rome

We visit Giuseppe De Mattia's installation at Matèria in Rome, an intriguing study on commerce, salesmanship and value in the art world.

Artland Magazine20 days ago

10 Unforgettable Artists Who Died in 2019

10 Unforgettable Artists Who Died in 2019

While it’s impossible to do justice to the talent that was lost this year, we take a closer look below at 10 diverse artists who died over the past 12 months.

Artsy21 days ago

The 10 Most Expensive Works Sold in 2019

The 10 Most Expensive Works Sold in 2019

The past several years in auction house news have been marked by jaw-dropping records, but in 2019, the drama didn’t only happen during the actual auctions. Perhaps the largest piece of news was that Sotheby’s had its final round of auctions as a public company, as the house went private with French-Israeli media magnate Patrick Drahi at the helm.

Artsy21 days ago

These 8 Artists Broke into the Art Market Big Leagues in 2019

These 8 Artists Broke into the Art Market Big Leagues in 2019

Art market headlines were dominated by familiar names in 2019, from Jeff Koons and Claude Monet to KAWS and Banksy. But this year also saw a new set of players achieving major results, from surprising surges into the seven-figure club and sold-out solo presentations in galleries and art fair booths, to repeatedly smashed auction records and power moves onto mega-gallery rosters. These are eight artists who surprised art market observers and broke into the big leagues in 2019.

Artsy21 days ago

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 1

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 1

In the first installment of a four-part series, our critic reveals his picks—number 100 through number 76—of the key artworks of the 2010s.

Artnet21 days ago

What Was the Most Influential Work of the Decade? We Surveyed Dozens of Art-World Experts to Find Out

What Was the Most Influential Work of the Decade? We Surveyed Dozens of Art-World Experts to Find Out

As the turbulent and event-filled 2010s come to an end, we asked more than 100 artists, curators, gallerists, and other art-world figures to tell us their picks of the most influential art and art-makers of the decade. Here is a selection of their responses.

Artnet22 days ago

The Art Market Has Transformed Over the Past Decade. Here Were Its Fastest-Rising Stars, According to the Artnet Price Database

The Art Market Has Transformed Over the Past Decade. Here Were Its Fastest-Rising Stars, According to the Artnet Price Database

We like to think good art is timeless. But the art market is in the business of timeliness, not timelessness. And that means that changes in the market—whether they are the result of an institutional push, a speculative rush, a change in taste, or simply the death or divorce of a collector—can happen fast. Many of the most sought-after contemporary artists today were not particularly coveted just 10 years ago.

Artnet22 days ago

Who Was the Most Influential Artist of the Decade? We Surveyed Dozens of Art-World Experts to Find Out

Who Was the Most Influential Artist of the Decade? We Surveyed Dozens of Art-World Experts to Find Out

As the turbulent and event-filled 2010s come to an end, we asked more than 100 artists, curators, gallerists, and other art-world figures to tell us their picks of the most influential art and art-makers of the decade. Here is a selection of their responses.

Artnet22 days ago

Female Iconoclasts – Artemisia Gentileschi

Female Iconoclasts – Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi was the most successful female artist of the 17th century. Heavily autobiographical, her art often depicts scenes of strong women.

Artland Magazine25 days ago

Which Emerging Artist Dominated 2019? 12 Art-World Players Share Their Thoughts

Which Emerging Artist Dominated 2019? 12 Art-World Players Share Their Thoughts

There is never any shortage of cutting-edge work by rising art stars to get your fill of, and this year was no exception. With so much material to wade through, we asked curators and other art experts to tell us which names dominated 2019 and are worth keeping an eye on as we head into the new year. Below, 12 experts share their thoughts.

Artneta month ago

9 Leading Advisors, Dealers, and Art-World Insiders Tell Us Which Artists They Think Are Poised to Break Out in 2020

9 Leading Advisors, Dealers, and Art-World Insiders Tell Us Which Artists They Think Are Poised to Break Out in 2020

Artnet News asked nine taste-makers for their thoughts on which artists will be hot in 2020—and why. Here’s what they told us.

Artneta month ago

Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Takesada Matsutani

Lost (and Found) Artist Series: Takesada Matsutani

Takesada Matsutani was a prominent figure in the Japanese Gutai movement. He moved to Paris in 1966, but only recently gained recognition in the West.

Artland Magazinea month ago

Who Were the Art World’s Biggest Crushes of 2019?

Who Were the Art World’s Biggest Crushes of 2019?

Whether you’re cosying up or cuffing, Christmas is the season to be crushing on someone. Elephant is proud to present the art world’s eye candy of the year. You can thank us later.

Elephanta month ago

The Millennial Art Star Julie Curtiss’s Paintings Now Sell for Half a Million Dollars. It’s Kind of Freaking Her Out

The Millennial Art Star Julie Curtiss’s Paintings Now Sell for Half a Million Dollars. It’s Kind of Freaking Her Out

“When you see those works that are recycled so fast, and you look at how much a piece generated versus the amount of money I made on it, it’s almost funny,” Curtiss went on. “It’s tragicomic.”

Artneta month ago

The Smithsonian Just Opened a Manila Envelope and Discovered Four Yayoi Kusama Paintings It Had No Idea Existed

The Smithsonian Just Opened a Manila Envelope and Discovered Four Yayoi Kusama Paintings It Had No Idea Existed

We don’t need to tell you how famous Yayoi Kusama is. You know that people wait for hours to see the Japanese artist’s gallery shows, and to take selfies in her “Infinity Rooms.” You read about how the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden increased membership by 6,566 percent by staging a Kusama exhibition. You might even know that a MoMA curator penned a children’s book devoted to her.

Artneta month ago

The 10 Most Important Artists of the 2010s

The 10 Most Important Artists of the 2010s

From Instagram-friendly installations and ephemeral interventions or performances parlayed into collectible merchandise, to irreverent or earnest pleas for public engagement, artists explored diverse tactics to engage

Artsya month ago

Some People Think Cattelan’s Banana Is Genius. This Law Professor Thinks It’s Illegal

Some People Think Cattelan’s Banana Is Genius. This Law Professor Thinks It’s Illegal

Just when you thought you would never have to swallow another banana, here comes a law professor with a jocular legal argument against Comedian, the artwork that Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan came out of retirement to offer for sale at Art Basel Miami Beach earlier this month.

Artneta month ago

Painter Avery Singer, the 32-Year-Old Sought-After Phenom, Is Now the Youngest Artist Represented by Hauser & Wirth

Painter Avery Singer, the 32-Year-Old Sought-After Phenom, Is Now the Youngest Artist Represented by Hauser & Wirth

Ever since the young painter parted ways with her New York dealer Gavin Brown earlier this year, the industry has been buzzing about what gallery would have the privilege of representing her, with rumors that mega-businesses Gagosian, David Zwirner, and Hauser & Wirth were all fighting for the chance.

Artneta month ago

Lydia Blakeley Paints the Weird Corners of the Internet

Lydia Blakeley Paints the Weird Corners of the Internet

The rising British art star has turned her gaze on everything from prize poodles to cat memes, emphasizing the importance of slowing down in a digital world that never stops.

Elephanta month ago