20 Artists from Art Basel We'll Be Following into 2018
Title: How much do they cost?
Left: Versace 1 & Right: Versace 2
BEERS LONDON GALLERY
2.) Melissa Leandro
I can't get enough of Melissa's giant woven tapestries. From her artist statement: "Leandro's woven and embroidered surfaces explore her composite cultural identity through means of intuitive mark-making. Reflecting on her past and present travels, she considers the impact of these environments on the fragmentation of identity and place."
Left: Zigzag Field & Right: In the queue
ANDREW RAFACZ GALLERY
ANGLIM GILBERT GALLERY
Left: Recurring Nova & Right: In Aspect
ASYA GEISBERG GALLERY
Left: Hydra Corner & Right: Palermo Street
Untitled Lost Girl
"Having one’s identity dismantled, marginalized, and regulated to non-human status demands action. This led me to critically engage image-making in art history and pop culture, and ultimately grapple with whatever power and authority these images have over the female figure."
—Deborah Roberts's artist statement
She's might mighty
FORT GANSEVOORT GALLERY
Left: Untitled & Right: Designer Sunglasses
NEW IMAGE ART GALLERY
Left: Whowww & Right: Avocado
NEW IMAGE ART GALLERY
10.) Andrea Canepa
Follow @galeria.rosa.santos (her gallery)
Andrea Canepa reorganizes and reimagines ordinary imagery and extraordinary ideas, making us see that we do not know what we think we know.
From her artist statement: "This series of 365 drawings shows 365 streets in Latin America named after each date on the calendar. Each drawing shows the image of the street and a text with its name, its location, and a small paragraph that explains the event after which the street is named."
ROSA SANTOS GALLERY
11.) Jody Paulsen
These massive felt pieces are incredible in real life. Pattern! Color! Pattern! Color! From Jody's artist statement: "Paulsen’s eye-popping creative output sequesters, multiplies, and reassembles the conventions of consumer society, offering viewers a glimpse of a far more individualized and fluid identity."
Left: Birdwoman & Right: Breezy
Everyone Loves Kalena
YANCEY RICHARDSON GALLERY
13.) Rina Banerjee
Born in India, raised in London, and now residing in New York—Rina Banerjee brings a global perspective to her art, a "willingness to close the gaps between cultures, communities, and places." But best of all, Rina's titles could be flash fiction in their own right.
Title: All heart and wonder the future came to her like thunderous lava, she leaped while it seeped into places hostile and thence explosions placed her away from him, his anger waked her as survivor.
14.) Lissa Rivera
Lissa Rivera is fascinated by the evolution of identity, sexuality, and gender in relationship to material culture. The works below center on her partner, who poses in feminine dress. "It is important to show his femininity as strength. I want to feel empowered as well, and to have an intimate muse. Together we investigate feminine fantasies presented throughout the history of photography and cinema."
RENA BRANSTEN GALLERY
Left: Rud & Right: Vell
18.) Bisa Butler
Bisa's giant and beautiful quilts draw on the African American quilting tradition. From her artist statement: "My subjects are people I see every day. I have always been fascinated by the nobility of everyday people. They are the royalty who walk among us. We have known them from the days when the people could fly. My materials can be found in all of our closets."
Anaya with Her Backback
CLAIRE OLIVER GALLERY
19.) Lisa Wright
Lisa's hot pink installation stopped Pulse showgoers in their tracks. This classically trained painter's genius use of color and abstraction toys with what her artist statement calls "the inevitable and irresistible desire to escape prepubescence with the trying on of the adult person."
COATES AND SCARRY GALLERY
20.) Betty Tompkins
The word iconic follows Betty Tompkins around. A woman once scorned by the feminist movement for her "pornographic" source material now deserves her rightful throne as our art queen. If you've read this far, do yourself a favor and read the words on these paintings carefully.
Left: Women Words #51 (da Vinci) // Right: Women Words #40 (Mantegno)
Scott Disick or no Scott Disick, these
artists give me hope for 2018.