We asked several of our friends and contributors for the artists they’ll be keeping a close eye on in 2014. Stefano Tonchi picked two brilliant, mid-career artists whose reputations are still on the meteoric rise—an impressive feat considering how established they are are thus far.
Theaster Gates: The multimedia, civic-minded artist had a big year in 2013: Among countless honors and exhibitions, Gates had a solo exhibition at MCA Chicago, ArtReview included him in their “Power 100” for the second year running, and White Cube mounted concurrent exhibitions of his work in São Paulo and Hong Kong. 2014 looks bright, too—he’ll perform at the Studio Museum and begin work on his $1.3 million public art project for the Chicago Transit Authority.
Alex Prager: Since featuring in MoMA’s “New Photography” exhibition in 2010, self-taught Prager has become one of the most in-demand auteurs in the worlds of art, fashion, and film. Her photographs have a unique, retro feel that’s at once familiar and mysterious—a quality shared by the films she’s made for the likes of W, NOWNESS, and The New York Times. Coming off a big fall (including new representation by Lehmann Maupin and her first solo museum exhibition, “Face in the Crowd” at the Corcoran), Prager’s a wise choice to do big things in the new year.
Stefano Tonchi is the Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine and the former creator and Editor-in-Chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.