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Contemporary Abstract Artists to Discover

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What do we mean when we talk about contemporary abstract artists? Contemporary art is the art that is made today, or while the artist producing the art is relevant. However,...
Installation by Liu Wei. Photo: Mousse Magazine

Liu Wei – A Bold and Aggressive Artist

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He’s a rebel and an unconventional artist. Liu Wei has ambition; his work is fearless and chaotic, known as a thorn in the side of the Chinese art world, this artist is a student of change.
School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012. Photo: npr.org

Kerry James Marshall is En Vogue

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Kerry James Marshall takes his rightful place in the spotlight of American contemporary artists; his work is about challenging institutions that black artists can access. He is continually asking “what will it take to featured in museums and art history books”?
Almost Gone, 1959. Photo: Christies

Canada Speaks to Peter Doig

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Peter Doig was born in 1959 in Scotland, lived in Trinidad and Canada, moving back to Britain in 1979. It is easy to see the influences of these countries played in Doig’s work. Doig is an expert in mood and texture; his work draws the viewer into the scene with his ability to create depth and feeling. The results are often solitary, cold and bleak without being dull or flat.
Maebel, 2012. Photo: MoMA

Toyin Ojih Odutola Writes A Love Letter to Black Britain

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Toyin Ojih Odutola is a Nigerian-American contemporary visual artist known for her vivid multimedia drawings in various mediums, and these examine the reshaping of identity through a diverse range of sources and modes of story-telling.
MAQUEII 2002. Photo: Courtesy Goodman Gallery

Tracey Rose – Contributing to History

It’s not every artist who is brave and committed enough to shave her entire body and make an art piece with the hair while filming using surveillance cameras, Introducing Tracey Rose.
Betty Woodman. Photo: WideWalls

Betty Woodman – Contemporary American Artist

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Betty Woodman, the 86-year-old ceramicist who overcame art world prejudice just to brighten the world. The doyenne of the domestic aesthetic leading the way for over 60 years.
Knife Behind Back, 2000. Photo: Artsy.net

Yoshimoto Nara – Do not Disturb!

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Contemporary artist Yoshimoto Nara is famous for the interpretation of animals and children. Born in Japan in 1959 he has roots firmly in the 1990s and links to horror...
Untitled 2008-11 (the map of the land of feeling). Photo: museum.cornell.edu

Rirkrit Tiravanija – Contemplative Contemporary

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Rirkrit Tiravanija is well known for his conceptual pieces which focus more on the idea than the object itself. For instance, in his exhibition “Pad Thai 1990” we see him serve traditional Thai food and drink as a part of his show encouraging social interaction between people. The smell of cooking and feeding the public are two vital elements for his installations.
Paper Heads, 2019. Photo: Novakart.com

Julian Opie – Trying Out for World Domination

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Filmmaker and digital artist, born in 1958 in London, Julian Opie’s artwork is typically English but in a contemporary pop art way; famous for the cover of Blur’s Best of Album and his portrait of Sir James Dyson, the vacuum cleaner magnate for the National Portrait Gallery.