What artists are trending at ADAA: The Art Show? These ten—and we’ll tell you why:
James Turrell: “Light knows when we’re looking,” James Turrell once said—an artist who has taken light as his subject for the last 30 years—and at ADAA: The Art Show, all eyes are on the eight holograms he’s used to light up Pace Gallery. Since his emergence during the Southern California Light and Space movement in the 1960s and ’70s, through his ongoing magnum opus the Roden Crater Project, and onto his three-museum exhibition—at the Guggenheim Museum, LACMA, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston—it’s no wonder Turrell is consistently at the top of the list.
David Hockney: British Pop pioneer David Hockney is regarded by many as the most influential British artist of the 20th century—and his legacy has continued into the 21st (last year, on the heels of his exhibition at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, he was named one of the most important artists of 2013). In the 1970s, Hockney’s move from London to Los Angeles was evidenced by light-flooded, sensual views of Hollywood, like the classic California swimming pool, which can be seen at Susan Sheehan’s The Art Show booth.
Louise Bourgeois: From her birth in Paris on Christmas day, 1911, to her death at age 98—having lost no momentum in a 60-year career—Louise Bourgeois became one of the most beloved and influential female artists of the 20th century. At Cheim & Read’s thematic booth, sculptures and works on paper (all unmistakably Louise Bourgeois) become intertwined with kindred works by fellow Parisian Gaston Lachaise, as the two are united by a shared, unbridled passion for the female form.
Ellsworth Kelly: “Kelly is perhaps the only contemporary artist who has consistently produced great work for seven decades, and not just in one medium or one surface either,” Interview Magazine said of the artist who, at 90 years old, has been a major influence on Pop Art, Minimalism, and Hard-edge and Color Field painting. At The Art Show, Kelly holds court at three galleries—Barbara Krakow, Mnuchin, and Susan Sheehan—offering flat shapes in vivid monochromes, as well as the elegant work-on-paper plant drawing Sandy Heller chose for his must-see list.
Fred Sandback: Renowned for his Minimalist, conceptual sculptures, Fred Sandback’s best-known works were made using colored acrylic yarn, like his “leaning” series, which used lengths of yarn, extended between walls and floors, to alter the perception of a space. At The Art Show, Barbara Krakow presents Blue Day-Glo Corner Piece, an early work fashioned from elastic cord and spring steel; down the hall of the Park Avenue Armory, Lawrence Markey shows Sandback’s pastel lines on paper, circa 1976.
Diane Arbus: “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them,” Diane Arbus, one of the world’s most celebrated and influential photographers, once famously said. Through her notoriously uncompromising lens, Arbus captured compelling black-and-white portraits of an off-beat world; among them, her best-known are of giants, zealots, nudists, circus performers, and the like. At Fraenkel Gallery, find renowned film stars huddled in fur coats, an elderly couple on a park bench, and two girls in matching bathing suits on Coney Island—among other iconic subjects.
Richard Diebenkorn: Renowned for his abstract landscape paintings and sensual figures, Richard Diebenkorn is one of the most influential painters of the American postwar era—perhaps best known for the “Ocean Park” series he exhibited on behalf of the U.S. at the 1978 Venice Biennale. At The Art Show, in a thematic presentation from Van Doren Waxter and Eleven Rivington, works on paper by Diebenkorn—brand new to the market—highlight the artist’s painted figures and what dealer Dorsey Waxter describes as the “long, translucent strokes” and a “fascinating attention to brushstroke that defines each work.”
Tauba Auerbach: She’s known for her Op art-inflected paintings, like the one on view at John Berggruen Gallery’s Art Show booth, but Tauba Auerbach shines in a variety of mediums. According to a recent piece in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, the artist is experiencing a “London moment,” as she prepares for a major exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (featuring sculpture, photography, painting, and more) on the heels of debuting costumes and backdrops in a ballet at London’s Royal Opera House.
Tom McKinley: With photorealistic precision, Tom McKinley paints mid-century and contemporary architecture void of inhabitants and lit by twilight or incandescent, man-made light—recalling the pages of luxury real estate listings. At The Art Show, John Berggruen Gallery presents Crow in Sonoma, a painting which, per McKinley’s usual, captures the surreal and extravagant material culture of domestic architecture.
Philip Taaffe: “Mr. Taaffe is one of the best painters of his generation,” New York Times art critic Roberta Smith said of the American painter in 2007. As the star of a one-man show at Luhring Augustine’s Art Show booth, Taaffe presents a series of brand new paintings inspired by botany, biology, and geological strata—all with his token combination of references, forms, and artistic methods, and building upon subjects and themes of recent years.
May 4–8, 2018, Park Avenue Armory