After consulting with our eyes and ears on the ground all over the world—collectors from Los Angeles to Brussels, advisors and critics from Istanbul to São Paulo, and Artsy specialists from New York to Berlin—we’ve compiled a list of the top artists we’ll be watching in the coming year.
Championing somewhat divergent trends—a return to figurative painting and focus on technical skill, versus the continued prevalence of digital art—the following list represents the artists we’ll be following in solo gallery exhibitions, museum shows, and, undoubtedly, across our Instagram feeds throughout 2015.
Gabriele Beveridge (London)
Beveridge’s delicately constructed photo-based installations and assemblages (see above) have been gaining momentum since the artist was shortlisted for the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award in 2011. In 2013, she was given her first solo show at Rod Barton in London; and this year, the artist debuted new works at La Salle de Bains in France, as well as in the “Zabludowicz Collection Invites” series. But it’s her current show at Elizabeth Dee gallery in New York, named a critic’s pick in Artforum, that’s going to take her to the next level in 2015.
Boychild (New York)
Though you might recall seeing her in Ryan Trecartin films, on tour with Mykki Blanco, or on Hood By Air fashion runways in years past, performance artist Boychild has begun hitting the museum circuit this year—most notably, touring her collaboration and performance with Korakrit Arunanondchai from MoMA PS1 to ICA London. In early 2015, her ongoing collaboration with artist Wu Tsang (which reached MCA Chicago and the Stedelijk Museum in 2014) will travel to the Migros Museum in Zürich—likely the first act in a year peppered with art world appearances.
Luke Diiorio (New York)
Last summer, RCA grad Diiorio unveiled a much-talked-about solo exhibition at Robert Blumenthal Gallery, titled after a hardware store’s branding slogan (“Never Stop Improving”) where framed pieces of interior walls challenged American DIY aspirations. Recently, Diiorio opened his first solo show in Los Angeles, at Anat Ebgi Gallery, in which hand-folded canvas-and-linen paintings shared the space with collapsed, disassembled walls. We’ll be keeping our eyes on Diiorio in 2015—in particular, during his solo project at The Armory Show in March.
Waqas Khan (Lahore, Pakistan)
Hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, Khan is deemed one of the city’s rising stars. A former student of Imran Qureshi, Khan has begun to make a name of his own for his minimalist ink drawings, inspired by Sufi mysticism, that earned him a spot on the shortlist for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize (dubbed the Islamic Turner Prize) in 2014. After wrapping up his first European solo exhibition at Sabrina Amrani in January, Khan’s February show with Galerie Krinzinger jumpstarts a busy year that includes exhibiting at ARCO Madrid and the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.
Dean Levin (New York)
While we wait for Levin’s much anticipated exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery in 2015 (who he signed with last summer), it’s hard to forget the stellar year he had in 2014. The South African-born artist, who trained as an architect at Pratt, had solo exhibitions at Robert Blumenthal Gallery and Zach Feuer’s Retrospective Gallery in upstate New York, was featured in a two-person show at Rod Barton, and was included in a slew of the summer’s hottest group exhibitions—Sean Kelly Gallery’s and Roberts & Tilton’s among them. After finishing 2014 in a group show at TBD, Levin begins 2015 in a Berthold Pott Gallery group exhibition in Cologne in January.
Sebastian Lloyd Rees (London)
After studying at Goldsmiths in London, 27-year-old Rees and collaborator Ali Eisa started the Lloyd Corporation, making site-specific installation, sculpture, and artists books. Since forming, the duo has had solo shows at London’s Carlos/Ishikawa, and the artists are prominently featured in the Hayward Gallery’s acclaimed 2014 show “MIRRORCITY” (on view through January 4). More recently, Rees has broken out in his solo practice, in a well-received showing with London gallery Artuner at this year’s Artissima. With a museum inclusion (the Hayward) under his belt and a budding solo career, Rees is no doubt on the radar for 2015. Look out for a new show by the artist at New York’s Room East gallery, opening February 15.
Kate Steciw (Brooklyn)
We’ve been following Steciw and her layered compositions, made using stock images culled from the internet, throughout 2014. With solo exhibitions at Neumeister Bar-Am in Berlin, annarumma in Naples, and Higher Pictures in New York—as well as group shows at Hauser & Wirth and Eyebeam—Steciw has kept busy this year. We’ll be watching for her work with LEVY.DELVAL at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair in January (she was among the hottest young artists at Artissima last fall) as well as in a solo exhibition at the gallery’s Brussels location later in 2015.
Chris Wiley (New York)
Since his inclusion in MoMA PS1’s “Taster’s Choice” exhibition in March—that spotlighted three emerging artists and one artist collective—the Goldsmiths grad has continued to crop up throughout the year, most notably when his solo show opened at Nicelle Beauchene, featuring close-up photographs inspired by housing in Southern California. In addition to participating in two group shows, at Hauser & Wirth and Marianne Boesky Gallery, the artist-writer-curator has been working toward a group show he’s curating at MOCCA in Toronto in 2015, during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
“Artists to watch” by Marina Cashdan & Molly Gottschalk, originally published on Artsy. Don’t miss the Curators to Watch and the Most Anticipated Art World Events of 2015, also on Artsy.