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Art of the 2010s

  • Daniel Arsham - Sand Circle
January 4, 2019
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

The art world of this decade was rather heterogeneous so practically any aesthetic found its place (on the market). The burning topics such as migration policies, woman and civil rights (#Metoo and Black lives matters) movements, economic turbulence and the rise of neo-conservatism were the dominant ones in the last couple of years among the critically charged artists. On the other hand, there are artists dealing with formal aspects of inherited patterns of abstraction or figuration.

We selected ten exceptional artworks produced between 2010 and now differing in styles and approaches which you can add to your collection.

Featured image: Daniel Arsham – Sand Circle. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Helmut Grill - Between too much and too little

Helmut Grill - Between too much and too little

The first artwork on our list is by Austrian artist Helmut Grill, who mostly works with digital photography. His carefully collaged compositions are constructed out of different references and often function as the metaphors of contemporaneity.

The photograph Between too much and too little belongs to Grill’s Temples series through which the artist critically examined the meaning of religion in the modern world, where places of worship are decorated with symbols of consumer culture.

See more about the work here.

  • Arne Quinze - Bidonville View 2401131

Arne Quinze - Bidonville View 240113

Next up is Belgian artist Arne Quinze, best known for his large-scale installations in public space; he also expresses himself through sculpture, drawing, and painting. Initially, Quinze started as a graffiti artist in Brussels, and he gained international recognition with his trademark wooden planks sculptures.

This particular mixed media artwork was produced in 2013; it is a modular red structure made of these wooden planks.

See more about the work here.

  • James English Leary - Cameo Pleased to Meet You

James English Leary - Cameo (Pleased to Meet You)

James English Leary is an American artist and filmmaker best known as a devoted practitioner of abstraction. His campy works defy any classification since they function somewhere in between sculpture, painting and an object.

The work Cameo (Pleased to Meet You) proves the stated above; it is a humorous comment on everyday situations reminiscent of Monty Python aesthetic.

See more about the work here.

  • Julie De Bleeckere - Fading memories

Julie De Bleeckere - Fading memories

Following up is the work of Dutch artist Julie De Bleeckere. Her painterly practice is woven of various themes such as the lack of interaction, human communication, loneliness, and the ironic duality between protection and aggression. As a matter of fact, De Bleeckere’s main tool is the memory, so the successive layers of painting and pastel applied to photographs evoke strange concern.

The painting Fading memories was produced in 2018 and it represents an eerie portrait of a girl and a boy.

See more about the work here.

  • Daniel Arsham - Sand Circle

Daniel Arsham - Sand Circle

Daniel Arsham is an American artist who devotedly explores the concept of fictional archaeology. By combining sculpture, architecture, drawing, and film, he creates outstanding installations and object which are both casts of modern artifacts and contemporary human figures. Arsham’s narratives take place in between the present, the future and the past, yet they reflect the timelessness of certain cultural symbols and gestures.

Sand Circle is an installation consisting of wood, sand, glass and air sculpture and it was produced last year.

See more about the work here.

  • Paul Snell - NY 201801 detail

Paul Snell - NY 201801

Australian artist Paul Snell is completely focused on the domains of abstraction in photo media. He creates luminous and rhythmic abstractions in varieties of colors by engaging repetition. In Op art fashion, Snell’s smooth Plexiglas panels provide a screen-like effect of depth and distance and invite the viewer into a space of contemplation and transcendence. Such is the case with work NY # 201801 made by the artist during 2018.

See more about the work here.

  • Fenx - Cause Im hyper

Fenx - Cause I'm hyper

Next up is a work made by a French urban artist FenX. Although his style is based on the 1980s culture, quickly he transferred from public murals to canvas. The artist is very much inspired by artists such as Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Crash, and so he adores to reenact masterpieces of the Pop Art movement and keep certain urban energy and atmosphere in his paintings. A good example of his practice is this particular work called Cause I’m hyper made by the artist in 2012.

See more about the work here.

  • Mojoko - No One Can Save Us No 9

Mojoko - No One Can Save Us – No. 9

The next artwork on our list was made by Steve Lawler aka Mojoko. This artist managed to construct a specific aesthetic by embracing various images from popular culture. Trashy, yet witty and multi-faceted, his works obtain the contemporary spirit; through curation, over installation and interactive design, to painting, collage, and drawing, Mojoko expresses his creative visions.

The work No One Can Save Us – No. 9 from 2014 is a print featuring half melted figurine of Superman.

See more about the work here.

  • EVOL - Scharnweber Ecke Jessner

EVOL - Scharnweber Ecke Jessner 1

Street artist EVOL is known for his urban installations and paintings made on recycled cardboard. He is focused on depicting the lives of ordinary people in urban environments. It can be said that his practice is socially engaged since he transforms electrical boxes and street fixtures into miniature architectural models of austere apartments. EVOL also produces stencils and murals onto cardboard and incorporates its tears, markings, and folds into his compositions as part of the buildings’ facades.

Scharnweber Ecke Jessner #1 is a work Evol made in 2018.

See more about the work here.

  • Val Kilmer - God

Val Kilmer – God

The last artwork on our list is produced by none other than a Hollywood actor Val Kilmer. Although it is not widely known, he produces distinct and vibrant paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photo collages. Alongside acting and visual arts, Kilmer wrote two books of poetry and received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word.

The painting God was made in 2014 by the actor/artist.

See more about the work here.