As the art world converges
on Randall’s Island this week, we take a step back to see which artists are at
the fore of this year’s highly anticipated Frieze New York
. Since launching our preview of the fair last
week, we’ve compiled this list of most-followed artists on Artsy at the fair.
From American Kara Walker, who opens a monumental exhibition
at the Domino Sugar Factory this week, to the
ever-present Damien Hirst, a fitting highlight given the fair’s British roots,
we present below some of the top names in contemporary art.
10. Kara Walker
: Walker takes the spotlight this week,
launching a major exhibition at the Domino Sugar Factory, in addition to her
Frieze New York presentation with Sikkema
Jenkins & Co.
She is best known for creating black-and-white silhouette
works that evoke themes of African American racial identity.
9. Sol LeWitt
: “A blind man
can make art if what is in his mind can be passed to another mind in some
tangible form,” LeWitt once said. A leading exponent of conceptual art
, he stressed the idea behind
his work over its execution.
8. Barbara Kruger
known for aggressively directive slogans layered over black-and-white
photographs that she finds in magazines, Kruger developed a visual language
that was strongly influenced by her early work as a graphic designer.
6. Anish Kapoor
Prize-winner Kapoor creates elegant sculptures that combine simple materials,
geometric shape, and organic form. He explores the theme of “the void” in
large-scale works, some with defined insides and outsides and others that
clearly delineate empty spaces.
5. William Eggleston
: A native
Southerner, Eggleston creates photographs that monumentalize everyday subject
matter, such as motel rooms and storefronts, in eccentric, refined
compositions. Each detail is important, potentially conveying a sense of
mystery or intrigue.
4. George Condo
: Condo’s work is
populated by a cast of characters whose bulging eyes, bulbous cheeks,
proliferating limbs, and hideous over- and under-bites set them apart as a
singular species, driven by art historical references and a pictorial language
of his own.
3. Ed Ruscha
: In addition to a new mural at the High Line,
Ruscha takes over the Gagosian booth at Frieze New York, with his iconic
deadpan text works. Despite being credited with
sensibility, Ruscha defies categorization with his diverse output of
photographic works, paintings, and drawings.
2. Andreas Gursky
: In his
captures the modern world, and its landscapes, people, architecture, and
industries, in seductive detail. Shot from an elevated perspective, his images
show the individual or granular subsumed by the masses or the environment.
1. Damien Hirst
: Since spearheading the 1988 exhibition that
would come to define the Young
, Hirst has become one of the most influential artists
of his generation. In addition to his famed installations and sculptures, like The
Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
series have become universally recognized.