The Artsy Vanguard 2020
The Artists to Know Right Now
Being an artist has never been easy. Yet now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a global reckoning around racism and inequity, artists are taking on more than ever.
Over the past six months, despite a volatile economy and record unemployment, artists have not shied away from the demands of this moment. They have used their talent and influence to run fundraisers, spread activism, document protests worldwide, and create works that add nuance to our fraught reality—or offer much-needed relief. When we look back on this time, we’ll almost certainly look at the art.
The 35 artists of The Artsy Vanguard 2020 are integral to this moment. Nominated by an international cohort of curators and art professionals, they are engaged with social and political issues, but they’re also at the forefront of contemporary art. And they’re shaping its future.
This year, artists are split into two categories: Newly Emerging, which presents on-the-rise names generating buzz at leading galleries and institutions, and Getting Their Due, which spotlights artists who have persevered for decades, yet only recently received the acclaim they deserve. The Artsy Vanguard 2020 features the artists you need to know, right now.