We asked several of our friends and contributors for the artists they’ll be keeping a close eye on in 2014. Anita Zabludowicz picked two young artists, both of whom she’s championed through her exhibition programs and ever-expanding private collection.
Ella Kruglyanskaya: A renowned Latvian painter (from whom Zabludowicz bought a painting at Frieze this fall), Kruglyanskaya describes her practice as focused on the female figure and its accoutrements. “I distract myself from thoughts of the ultimate betrayal of the body by engaging with the feminine image in graphic/comical ways,” she says. Kruglyanskaya has shown at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Salon 94 over the past couple years, and will get her London solo debut at Studio Voltaire in April.
Ryan Trecartin: It’s no wonder Zabludowicz picked Trecartin, the still-young critical darling whose glitched-out video art got its start on YouTube. For one thing, she bought the installation he exhibited as part of “The Encyclopedic Palace” at the Venice Biennale this past summer: five pavilions’ worth of films that reference the tropes and aesthetics of reality television. In 2014, Zabludowicz will also be mounting Trecartin’s first-ever solo exhibition in the U.K.
Anita Zabludowicz has been championing emerging artists since the 1990s. With her husband Poju, she founded The Zabludowicz Collection in 1994; the collection comprises over 2,000 works by over 500 artists, spanning 40 years of art production from the 1970s to today.