The Contemporary Art world is booming, with art stars like Jeff Koons and Gerhard Richter breaking price records left and right. But who are the art stars on the horizon? I asked the President of Philips Auctioneers, Michael McGinnis for his list of the most exciting artists to watch right now. Here are his current favorites:
Parker Ito is an artist influenced by technology and the Internet. He is process driven. His paintings on plastic and inkjet screens on silk offer incredibly fresh perspectives on abstract paintings.
Danh Vo is no secret to art world insiders, but he is one of the greatest artists of his generation and is going to keep getting more attention and acclaim as time goes on. The rich cultural hybrid in his art is incredibly deep and poetic.
Wyatt Kahn’s shaped ensemble of canvases remind me of Richard Tuttle’s work from the 1960s, with a fresh and unassuming perspective. They are perfectly imperfect and their visual impact has stayed with me. The subtlety and craftsmanship of Kahn’s work offers something somewhat familiar, but upon closer examination something incredible that you most certainly have never seen before.
Harold Ancart works with space and materials directly on walls and floors. He reinvents environments to create exhilarating visual and emotional impact. Even his domestically scaled works on paper are mounted within steel frames to isolate them, and they appear more like paintings than drawings. His work is a successful play on space and materials that I don't see anyone else doing at the moment.
Fredrik Vaerslev’s garden series of painted wall reliefs looked almost like industrial shipping palettes, but they were beautiful. I thought immediately that if he were to paint on canvas he would be a star. Sure enough he has become an artist with massive market appeal. His Terrazzo and Canopy series are both incredibly intriguing. I cannot wait to see what he comes up with next.
Art: (clockwise from top left) Danh Vo, IMUUR2; Courtesy of Parker Ito; Danh Vo, Dirty Dancing; Courtesy of Parker Ito.