Ease your winter blues by checking out works by top New York artists. From the Chelsea galleries to the warehouses of Bushwick, our friends at Beautiful Savage rounded up nine masters to watch.
Artist Erik Yevak.
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1. Lucy Dodd
“Dodd’s work widens the senses, makes the cosmic thickening visible, and uncrumples something fundamental,” art critic Jerry Saltz told vulture.com of New York City-based artist Lucy Dodd. The 2011 MFA graduate of Bard College creates large-scale paintings—constructed in an intoxicating style via nontraditional materials like kombucha, ash, and flower essences—that have been displayed in the Lower East Side's David Lewis Gallery and at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles. Dodd’s work has been featured in ArtForum, The New York Times, VULTURE, and Art in America, among others.
2. Maxwell Snow
A born-and-raised New Yorker who is already well known as a photographer, Maxwell Snow's works have been featured or published by such publications as Purple Fashion Magazine, GQ, WWD, and The New York Times. In recent years, Snow has broadened his scope to include large-scale collage, fashion designs (he’s married to stylist Vanessa Traina, and his eponymous apparel line is in its third season), and a series of exhibitions.
Liliya Lifanova is a Kyrgyzstan-born, Brooklyn-based painter, sculptor, and videographer who uses various mediums to transform garments and industrial refuse into a study of limitations and the never-ending search for identity. Lifanova’s compositions are at once complex and effortless, provoking an emotional potency that is rare among up-and-coming artists, whether it’s thorough an entire cast of characters, or via a single, severe line across a blank canvas. She will exhibit her work at FUTURE ORIGINS at Rene Mele Gallery this Friday, March 6 at 6 p.m.
4. Raque Ford
Raque Ford is a Brooklyn-based sculptor and a 2013 MFA graduate of Rutgers University. Influenced by popular music and hip-hop culture, the artist’s work is imbued with a latent sensual power. The musical influences stem from Ford’s father, who was a music producer in the 1980s and encouraged her to explore the genre, specifically through the lens of pop stars.
Multi-faceted artist Audra Wolowiec can boast work in installation, text, performance, and sculpture. Wolowiec is a Rhode Island School of Design honors graduate and her pieces have shown at MoMA PS1, Arsenal Gallery, REVERSE, and The Pomona College Museum of Art, to name a few.
Nathlie Provosty is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and painter known for minimal and slightly reductive, yet nonetheless complex, large-scale paintings. Often using a dark, monochrome palette, Provosty has exhibited internationally, and is the winner of a Fulbright Fellowship in painting and a 2012 recipient of the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award. In 2013, she collaborated with Bryce Dessner of The National on his album, Aheym, alongside the Kronos Quartet.
Mongolian-born Tuguldur Yondonjamts is a Fulbright Scholar in the MFA, Visual Art at Columbia University. The New York-based artist is currently in residence at Artists Alliance Inc. on the Lower East Side. His work is research- and information-based, and uses “investigational logic” to create large-scale pieces that deal with exploration, migration, and documenting issues such as the root of resources and materials.
Graham Collins is a 34-year-old Brooklyn sculptor with a structural sensibility somewhere in the spectrum of stability and ruin. His pieces are achingly beautiful, reductive, assembled by menial processes—using tinted glass and hammers, for example—and often broken. He has been featured in Whitewall Magazine, GQ, and the Sotheby’s contemporary arts blog.
9. Eric Yevak
From his Williamsburg studio, artist Eric Yevak is inspired by both physical and material conflict. And yet, while his work is at once clearly minimal, abstract, and easy to observe, the process by which he creates it represents a, “dichotomy between synthetic and organic processes, as well as the tension between control and an unknown outcome,” the artist states in his website’s ABOUT section. Yevak was profiled in the Fall 2014 issue of Beautiful Savage Magazine.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEFANIE JASPER (YEVAK OPENER); COURTESY BENEVENTO (DODD)