Jack Shainman Gallery Top Artist List 8/22/2013
El Anatsui (born 1944) is a Ghanaian sculptor active for much of his career in Nigeria. Anatsui’s preferred media are clay and wood, which he uses to create objects based on traditional Ghanaian beliefs and other subjects. He has cut wood with chainsaws and blackened it with acetylene torches; more recently, he has turned to installation art. Some of his works resemble woven cloths such as kente cloth. Anatsui also incorporates uli and nsibidi into his works alongside Ghanaian motifs.
Nick Cave (born 1959 in central Missouri, USA) is an American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. He is best known for his Soundsuits: wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly.
Brad Kahlhamer works in a range of media from painting and sculpture to performance art and music. Abstract Expressionism and Native American Art both have influenced Brad Kahlhamer’s work.
Hayv Kahraman (born 1981) is an Iraqi artist and painter. Her works reflect the controversial issues of gender, honor killings and war, all issues that plague her home country of Iraq. Hayv currently lives and works in Phoenix, AZ, United States.
Kerry James Marshall (b. October 17, 1955) is an artist born in Birmingham, Alabama. Although he currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, his time spent in Watts, Los Angeles, California where the Black Power and Civil Rights movements had a significant impact on his paintings.
Throughout 2012, Irish photographer Richard Mosse and his collaborators, Trevor Tweeten and Ben Frost, traveled the Democratic Republic of Congo, taking video and photographs of rebel groups with Kodak Aerochrome film.
Nigerian-born Odili Donald Odita grew up in the American Midwest, and his dual identity has influenced works that fuse elements of Western modernism with African culture. Odita’s abstract paintings combine hard-edged bands of color with an earthy African palette, in patterns that also suggest West African textiles.
Odutola is best known for her self-portrait drawings, entirely or primarily done in black pen ink. Toyin Odutola (born 1985) is an artist who was born in Ife, Nigeria.
Hank Willis Thomas (b. March 17, 1976 in Plainfield, NJ) is a contemporary African-American visual artist and photographer whose primary interests are race, advertising and popular culture.
Carrie Mae Weems (born 1953) is an American photographer and artist. Her award-winning photographs, films, and videos have been displayed in over 50 exhibitions in the United States and abroad and focus on serious issues that face African Americans today, such as racism, gender relations, politics, and personal identity. She has said, “Let me say that my primary concern in art, as in politics, is with the status and place of Afro-Americans in our country.
Lynette Yiadom Boakye (born 1977, London, UK) is an artist of Ghanaian descent based in London. Her paintings are predominantly figurative with raw and muted colours.