From Bushwick to Chelsea, meet the rising stars of the New York art world.
Brooklyn-based artist Zoe Lignon.
We considered a range of New York artists to offer up a few who are creating great work right now—each in their own inimitable style. Whatever their aesthetic may be, the artists on this list can't be missed, whether they fill solo exhibitions in Chelsea or remain underground while cutting their teeth in a warehouse along Brooklyn’s Morgan Avenue L train.
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Allyson Anne Lamb is a 2011 School of Visual Arts graduate in photography who has worked with influential artists Tim Barber and Ryan McGinley. She uses a camera to investigate the relationship between two overly-consumed bodies—the sexualized human figure and the beef cow. She is represented by Fuchs Projects Gallery in Brooklyn and will exhibit at "Di·o·nys·i·ac," curated by Kara Brooks, July 25-August 17.
Harmony Korine became a Hollywood prodigy after penning Kids (1995) for director Larry Clark and garnered respect as a writer-director for titles like Gummo (1997) and Spring Breakers (2012). However, his photography and painting career happens to be prolific. He published The Bad Son, an art book featuring Macaulay Culkin and Rachel Miner in 1998. He collaborated with Rita Ackermann to create a gripping large-scale installation entitled Shadow Fux for the Swiss Institute. Korine is exhibiting Shooters now through June 21 at the Gagosian Gallery. For more information, contact the gallery at email@example.com.
Ian James Carr is a Connecticut-born, Brooklyn-based sculptor and painter who studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Netherlands. He is influenced by the constructivist tradition and creates work with an ascetic sensibility with perfect attention to detail. Since graduating with a BFA in 2011, Carr has participated in exhibitions in Amsterdam, New York, and Berlin. Carr will exhibit in "Broken Language," curated by Daine Coppola and presented by Beautiful Savage magazine at REVERSE in Williamsburg on August 9 at 6 p.m.
Elizabeth Waterman is a Bushwick-based fine art and portrait photographer who investigates transformation by photographing artists, muses, and musicians in stunning triptychs inspired by Freudian states of consciousness. She launched "EOS," an ongoing portrait project including painter Keating Sherwin, ROX Gallery founder Emerald Fitzgerald, muse Natalie White, and others in May.
By his twenties, Chilean artist Sebastian Errazuriz was already famous and had his own television and radio shows and teaching positions at several universities. With such success so early in his career, Errazuriz did what any true artist would do: he dropped everything and vanished, moving to New York City to start all over again. Errazuriz’s provocative creations toe a delicate line between industrial design and fine art. He’s been featured in I.D. Magazine, Wallpaper, and the spring 2014 issue of Beautiful Savage magazine. Most recently, he created a giant golden calf for NYCxDesign that created a sensation, ending up in every local tabloid and art blog available.
Zoe Ligon, aka “Zoo Lion,” is a Brooklyn-based artist known for a subversive streak. One of her recent works appeared in TIME magazine’s “The New Age of Heroines.” Ligon creates collage work that pushes boundaries of sexuality, gender, and power.
Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson uses a strong sense of narrative to create stunning performative installations that draw on music, film, and photography. His 2013 solo exhibition "The Visitors" at Luhring Augustine, a single-take musical production arranged with lyrics by artist Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Kjartansson's ex-wife, and music by Davíð Þór Jónsson, was comprised of beautifully-layered audio and video installations the artist described as a “feminine nihilistic gospel song.” Several people in the audience were moved to tears. Now in his first New York museum presentation, "Ragnar Kjartansson: Me, My Mother, My Father, and I," is on view at the New Museum from May 7-June 29, curated by Massimiliano Gioni.
Seung Mo Park is a Korean-born sculptor living and working in Brooklyn. He creates three-dimensional sculptures and large-scale realist portraits with aluminum wire mesh and jaw-dropping attention to detail. Park has a studio at 56 Bogart Street in Bushwick and was a rare standout during the recent Bushwick Open Studios festival.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MACEY J. FORONDA; PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ALLYSON ANNE LAMB AND FUCHS PROJECTS GALLERY; PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT MCKEEVER, COURTESY OF GAGOSIAN GALLERY, ©HARMONY KORINE; PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF IAN JAMES CARR; PAINTER KEATING SHERWIN PHOTOGRAPHED BY ELIZABETH WATERMAN FOR EOS; PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SEBASTIAN ERRAZURIZ; "RAGNAR KJARTANSSON: "ME, MY MOTHER, MY FATHER, AND I" 2014, COURTESY OF NEW MUSEUM; COURTESY OF SEUNG MO PARK