The Artsy Podcast, No. 4: What Is an Emerging Artist, Anyway?

Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art. 


In this edition: an expanded, in-depth look at our 30 Emerging Artists to Watch This Spring feature published last week. Considering the artists represented are working across mediums (from virtual reality to choreography), located across the globe (with 14 countries represented, to be exact), and representative of multiple generations (with artists in their early twenties to their early forties) we ask what an emerging artist is these days, anyway?

30 Emerging Artists to Watch This Spring

We explore some prominent themes, from performance to figurative painting, and think about why certain mediums and subjects are getting particular attention at the moment. We also delve into an interesting dialogue to emerge from the list—that between Mario Pfeifer and EJ Hill, two artists whose recent projects approach the subject of race in America from different positions and through different mediums. (Both were profiled at length by Artsy’s Alexander Forbes and Tess Thackara, respectively.)



You can now find the Artsy Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or the podcasting app of your choice. Don’t forget to rate the show and leave us comments; we’d love to hear from you.

This podcast is hosted by Artsy Editorial Associate Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes and Senior Editor Tess Thackara. It was produced by Joe Sykes, with production assistance provided by Abigail Cain.


Intro Music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free

Cover image: Portrait of Jesse Mockrin in her L.A. studio by Emily Berl for Artsy.

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