Established names, fresh new talent — Part II

10 artists whose reputations and markets are on the rise — with works offered in our Post-War to Present on 27 September in New York


Sam Gilliam (b. 1933), Stage Middle, executed in 1977. 40 ¼ x 70 ⅜ x 3 in (102.2 x 178.8 x 7.6 cm). Estimate: $100,000-150,000. Offered in Post-War to Present on 27 September 2018 at Christie’s in New York

6. Karen Mamma Anderson (b. 1962)

Who? Karin Mamma Andersson’s dreamlike compositions, inspired by theatre sets and period interiors, bring contemporary practice into conservation with traditional Nordic figurative painting. Mystery, melancholy, and deeply private landscapes and interiors are at the forefront of Andersson’s vignettes.

If you like this artist’s work, you might also enjoy: Cecily Brown, Henry Taylor, Bob Thompson, Romare Bearden.

Recent exhibitions: Mamma Andersson is represented by David Zwirner in New York and Stephen Friedman in London and has been exhibited widely. Andersson had her first museum solo show in the United States at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado in 2010. In 2007, a critically acclaimed, mid-career survey of her work was organised by Moderna Museet, Stockholm, which traveled to Kunsthalle Helsinki and the Camden Arts Centre, London. Coming up, the artist has her first solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinatti, Ohio, which runs from 5 October 2018 to 10 February 2019. 

Collections: Andersson’s work is in the collection of the Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.

Market: Christie’s holds the world record for Andersson’s work. Heimat land, 2004, sold for £517,250 against an estimate of £120,000-180,000 in London on June 30 2008.

7. Gary Simmons (b. 1964)

Who? Gary Simmons is best known for his ‘erasure’ art, which he began in the 1980s. These works, in which the artist blurs white chalk on slate-painted panels or walls, evoke what the artist describes as ‘a kind of silence in both voice and visibility’.

If you like this artist’s work, you might also enjoy: Chris Burden and Robert Longo.

Recent exhibitions: Simmons’ work can be seen in two exhibitions this summer: An Incomplete History of Protest, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and a solo show at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles. Simmons’ work is also featured in I am you, you are too, a major exhibition at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Collections: The Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; LACMA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Market: Goodbye Love (2017) realised $93,750 against a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-70,000 in May 2018.

8. Anne Truitt (1921-2004)

Who? The work of Anne Truitt — a major figure in 20th-century American sculpture — defies classification. Her richly coated wood sculptures, which can reach some seven feet in height, seem to float above the gallery floor. Above all, Truitt’s work is characterised by a bare-bones purity and intellectual rigour.

If you like this artist’s work, you might also enjoy: Sam Francis and April Gornik.

Recent exhibitions: Dia: Beacon acquired six works by the artist in 2017, which are now on long-term view. Her work was also exhibited this summer at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Collections: The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Market: Truitt’s Untitled (1966), offered in September 2017 at Christie’s in New York, realised $27,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-12,000.

Sam Gilliam (b. 1933)

Who? Sam Gilliam established himself in the 1960s as one of the pre-eminent painters of his generation. At a time when African-American artists were often expected to explicitly address issues of race in their work, Gilliam’s new formal language celebrated the power of non-objective art to transcend cultural and political boundaries.

If you like this artist’s work, you might also enjoy: Shozo Shimamoto and Ralph Humphrey.

Recent exhibitions: Gilliam’s work is featured in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which travels to the Brooklyn Museum in September (it opened at London’s Tate in 2017). The artist was also showcased this year in Outliers and the American Vanguard Art  at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Gilliam is currently the subject of a solo show, The Music of Color, at the Kunstmuseum Basel (until the end of September).

Collections: His work has entered the collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum, in New York; and the Tate, London.

Market: Works by Gilliam have seen unprecedented success at auction this year, driven by renewed global interest in the artist. In March 2018, Untitled (1968) realised $885,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $200,000-300,000.

10. Anicka Yi (b. 1971)

Who? An artist-cum-scientist, Anicka Yi’s practice began a decade ago when she produced her first piece with a collective called Circular Fire. Yi is interested in olfactory experiences, and her work explores the relationship between psychology and scent.

If you like this artist’s work, you might also enjoy: Christopher Wilmarth and Paul Lee.

Recent exhibitions: Yi’s new video, The Flavor Genome, was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial in New York. One year earlier, Yi was the recipient of the Hugo Boss Prize, and was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Collections: The Cleveland Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Market: Offered this September at Christie’s to benefit Global Wildlife Conservation, Syncretism  will be the artist’s first work to come to auction.

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