The art business definitely returned to normal in Switzerland last week, as mega-fair Art Basel returned to its summer dates after a long pandemic hiatus. And the Artnet News Pro team was in the field, reviewing the main event and all the satellite fairs, including Liste, Volta and June.
We’re back with some names that, after a close look and conversations with dealers, consultants and collectors, we believe are poised to become a more important part of art world conversations over the next few years. Let us introduce you to some of them below.
Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. (born 1993)
Who: Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. creates stunning in-camera photography and photo-based installations that offer viewers an intimate glimpse into the many facets of queer black life in 21st century America. While their early works often featured unattended images of their own circle of friends, family and lovers, the artist’s later pieces blend themes of privacy and inwardness with explorations of light, reflection and refraction, often using architectural elements such as windows, screens and mirrors. . The end results pack a visual punch on par with first-rate abstract painting, while at the same time remaining grounded in a lived reality with a broader personal and cultural meaning.
Based in: New York
Showing to: Nicele Beauchene, in the Statements sector of Art Basel
Prices: The photos on the booth ranged from $ 5,000 to $ 16,000 each; the installation was priced at $ 38,000. Several works were placed with collectors during the course of the fair (including one while the writer was standing in the stand).
Why you should pay attention: The artist completed a well-received solo exhibition at the Beauchene venue in New York earlier this year and since 2018 his work has been featured in group shows at the Swiss Institute, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Studio Harlem Museum, among many other institutions. The latter two are also among those who acquired Brown Jr.’s works for their permanent collections.
Fun fact: Brown Jr. captured one of the photos included in Beauchene’s Art Basel presentation during a spare moment in an editorial shoot for a major style publication, though the image itself would never suggest so much.
Next next: The artist’s work is on display until mid-July in a group show at Tone, an institution for black arts and culture based in Memphis, Tennessee. It will also be included in the Racial Imaginary Institute Biennial at the James Gallery of the City University of New York starting in September.
– Tim Schneider
Eva Beresin (born in 1955)
Who: The Hungarian-born painter, now in her sixties, has only recently found recognition for her colorful and distorted paintings that portray herself and her family in almost harmless everyday scenarios, which are tinged with both humor and a sense of the grotesque. Occasionally, she also makes sculptures based on her paintings of hers.
Based in: Vienna
Showing to: The Althuis Hofland Fine Arts gallery based in Amsterdam in June
Prices: His smaller paintings are available for around € 9,000 to € 10,000 ($ 9,446 to $ 10,491), medium-sized examples for € 21,000 ($ 22,042), and his larger paintings are priced at € 45,000 ($ 47,232).
Why you should pay attention: Beresin is rapidly gaining ground in the art world, and his work was acquired by the Albertina Museum in Vienna earlier this year. In June, everything was sold earlier in the week, mainly to European collectors from the Netherlands and Spain, but with an interest that reflected its global collector base.
Fun fact: Beresin was “discovered” and catapulted out of obscurity by artist, NFT supporter, art world provocateur and Artnet News columnist Kenny Schachter on Instagram, who began promoting her work at the Felix art fair. in Los Angeles just before the pandemic. Since then, interest has exploded.
Next next: Beresin will exhibit in a private museum in Ibiza, La Nave Salinas Foundationinauguration on July 16th.
– Naomi Rea
Daya Cahen (born 1969)
Who: The Dutch artist and director creates political works, often centered on the power of the mass media and other systems of manipulation, indoctrination or propaganda. He works primarily in film and his work at the fair stems from time spent documenting a radical youth camp in Russia affiliated with Vladimir Putin in 2007. Called Nashi, the movement aims to convert young people into patriots bent on fulfilling Putin’s dreams of a Great Russian Empire in the 21st century. He also creates installations, sound tracks and photographs.
Based in: Amsterdam
Showing to: The Amsterdam Stigter van Doesburg gallery in June
Prices: The first edition of the film sold to a museum for an unknown price, but the 2 of 3 edition is priced at € 15,000 ($ 15,744) and 3 of 3 is € 20,000 ($ 20,992).
Why you should pay attention: Cahen’s film at the fair looks particularly prescient against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and it’s no wonder that his poignant work has been shown in museums by MK Galerie Berlin at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Dumbo Arts. Center NY and Bonn Museum of Art. The first edition of his film was sold from the fair to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.
Fun fact: The gallery first encountered his work when the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam presented some of their most promising graduates during the Venice Biennale in 2009.
Next next: Cahen is busy working on an ambitious film project on the genocide of the Uyghurs in the Chinese province of Xinjiang which will be finished at the end of 2022. The piece will be exhibited in the gallery in 2023.
– Naomi Rea
Michael Halak (born 1975)
Who: Michael Halak was born in 1975 in the village of Fassuta in the Upper Galilee, Israel. Though extraordinarily adept at hyper-realistic painting, his works can give the illusion of reality that instead becomes like a demarcation of hybrid societies and worlds fragmented and torn apart.
Based in: Haifa, Israel
Show a: Tabari Artspace, Dubai
Prices: $ 7,250 to $ 15,500
Why you should pay attention: Halak’s work often conveys feelings of disillusionment and abandonment, landscapes close and dear to him but which remain, due to wars and conflicts, impenetrable. He has exhibited at the Florence Academy of Art, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Haifa Museum of Art, and has received the Rappaport Award for Young Artists, the Young Artists Award from the Ministry of Culture and Sports and an American Scholarship – Israeli Cultural Foundation.
Fun fact: Born into a Palestinian Christian family, Halak’s work often deals with ideas of displacement, absence, memory and oblivion. His latest work by him at Volta Basel is a representation of a mountain landscape in Lebanon that he has not been able to visit since he was a child.
Next next: An upcoming showcase of new works at Abu Dhabi Art in November 2022.
Ryohei Usui (born 1983)
Who: Born in Shizuoka on the southern coast of Japan, Ryohei Usui is part of a younger generation of Japanese contemporary artists who have drawn attention locally and abroad with the poetic and pictorial installations of his unusually smooth glass inspired sculptures. to everyday objects. “I often present solid glass in combination with different materials … to create a composition with contrast and harmony”, says the artist.
Based in: Tokyo, Japan
Showing to: The Mujin-To Production gallery based in Tokyo in Liste
Prices: $ 2,111 to $ 7,391
Why you should pay attention: They might seem ordinary at first glance, but visitors approaching Mujin-To Production’s booth at Liste were amazed when they realized that seemingly ordinary objects, such as disposable plastic bottles, were actually sculptures of heavy and solid glass that were delicate at the same time. They may be sitting on a bench or stool, as if they have been abandoned and discarded.
Fun fact: The artist tried to collect and find objects in everyday scenes by transforming them into something else, drawing references from the ancient Japanese culture of staging. The series of glass works entitled PET (portrait of things encountered) was developed from a series of photographs taken on the streets of Tokyo, which he began working on in 2008.
Next next: The gallery has yet to announce Usui’s new projects, but his works are in the collection of M + in Hong Kong and the Rennie Museum in Canada.
– Vivienne Chow
Andrés Matías Pinilla (born in 1988)
Who: Andrés Matías Pinilla is a Colombian multimedia artist who explores the realms of human knowledge from a holistic perspective, recognizing the ethnic, sexual, racial, philosophical and cosmological plurality of the human species.
Based in: Bogota, Colombia
Showing to: The Foro Space gallery in Bogotá at the Liste Art Fair
Prices: $ 3,000– $ 6,000
Why you should pay attention: There’s a pineapple-disguised chimpanzee sitting on the floor holding a flat-screen TV, leaning against a striking orange wall decorated with deity drawings on paper, tiny duck lures that travel interdimensionally, and mixed materials drawing from local tradition. The artist’s colorful Liste booth reflects world conditions in the post-pandemic era and contemplates alternative futures, with a dash of humor and spirituality.
Fun fact: Pinilla is an amateur singer of romantic ballads in Spanish, English and Portuguese, who plays both the male and female parts. She loves karaoke.
Next next: The artist is currently working on an interdisciplinary platform called “caliente, cal! Ente”, a project of creation, research and shared practices for artists.
– Vivienne Chow
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