With everything waking up with spring season, our March list of the favorite contemporary artists brings you some new names in a combination with regulars from the previous month such as Banksy, Henrietta Harris, Guy Denning, Hush, and Basquiat. The art world is getting busy with the preparations for this year’s Venice Biennale, but other events, such as solo shows, are also in the center of attention, with Ai Weiwei’s and Damien Hirst’s intriguing and thought provoking exhibitions in Venice and Prague.
Our list, however, leaves these artists aside, as your interest in March has been stirred by some perhaps less popular names together with the established art historical ones, which proves that although art world changes on a daily bases, the quality will always be in the focus of true art lovers.
Scroll down to read more about the favorite contemporary artists this March!
Featured image: Pablo Picasso, via art-picasso.com.
Andy Warhol is among the art names that does not require special introduction. If you are not familiar with his Campbell Soup series, you probably could not miss his Marilyn Monroe portraits that are often used interchangeably with her photo portraits in popular media.
What brought the attention to Warhol in March, among other things, is the exhibition of his early works at Art Gallery of NSW, appropriately titled Warhol before Pop, which focuses partially on the relationship between the artist and his mother, and his sexuality. Another news headline linked to the Pop icon is the upcoming auction sale of his portrait of Mao in Hong Kong, which estimated worth is between $11.6 and $15.5 million.
Featured image: Andy Warhol - Marilyn Monroe. image via Widewalls database.
Jean Michel Basquiat passed away almost four decades ago, but the interest in his work does not seem to falter. Just a few months ago one of his works was sold for $24 million, while Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and the Barbican Gallery in London both organize exhibitions dedicated to his art, and titled Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980, and Basquiat: Boom for Real.
Featured image: Jean Michel Basquiat - Self portrait, 1982. Image via Widewalls archive.
Similarly to Warhol and Basquiat, Pablo Picasso belongs to a group of artists that have their own courses in art history curricula all over the world. His work is examined in detail and to such a degree that a smaller library can be filled with books about it. In 2017, his artworks resonate with current situation, his Guernica being one of the pieces that reached world media from its unique depiction of human and animal suffering during war, which for many resonates with current Syrian crisis.
Featured image: Pablo Picasso in his workshop in Antibes, summer 1946. Image via Widewalls archive.
Often depicting explicit scenes of sexual nature, David Choe raised to fame after his work for Facebook, when he painted murals on the walls of its offices. He was also in media in 2014 when he was called a rapist, after he retold a story of him sexually assaulting a masseuse in one LA studio. Among his favorite motifs are naked women painted in erotic light, and surreal and comic figures, both symbolic and fantastic in nature.
Featured image: David Choe via YouTube.
Continuously on our list of most popular contemporary artists since January, it seems that the interest in Henrietta Harris is growing stronger with each passing month. The Australian-born artist is known for her dream-like images depicting portraits often distorted and sometimes even without the facial features.
Featured image: Left: Henrietta Harris - The Hum / Right: Henrietta Harris - Visible Light 1. Image via Widewalls archive.
Working in graffiti, stencil, painting, drawing and collage techniques, Hush is a British street creative who is among the well-established names on the UK scene. Among the recurring motifs in his work are female entertainers and geishas. As Hush explains, Asia had a significant influence on him, both philosophically and visually. It represents a melting pot where eastern and western influences mingle and combine in aesthetically surprising results, which he tries to translate into his artworks.
Featured image: Hush - Sirens Series, via pinterest.com
Dedicated to his work and aware of the luck he had, following his unsuccessful attempts to enroll in art collages, Guy Denning is brimming with pride in what he has achieved outside of art institutions. Being able to live off his work, he is slowing down his output, as he wants to provide the highest quality of work for his fans. He combines several techniques in order to achieve the melancholic and solemn effect enshrined in darkness, but never without a hint of anger.
Featured image: Guy Denning. Image via Widewalls archive.
Urban muralist and painter coming from Puerto Rico, Alexis Diaz creates chimerical and dreamlike images of metamorphosing animals. His technique is very detailed and precise, which is unusual for large-scale murals, showing his signature style of tiny black brushstrokes. Resembling pen-and-ink drawings, the choice of animals is limited to those coming from Savannah, combined with creatures from the depths of the ocean.
Featured image: Alexis Diaz - Naturaleza Inconforme (detail). Viavai Project, Casarano, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.
Guido van Helten is an Australian creative known for his large-scale, site-specific murals, done in monochromatic technique. He recently finished the largest and the most complex mural in Australia, on the silos at Coonalpyn in the south part of the continent. He spent a week in the local community of 300 people, talking with them and taking photographs, before deciding to depict several children on the mural. Instead of focusing on the past, history, or industrial potential of a small town, he decided to focus on children, who for him represent the future.
Featured image: Guido van Helten – The Coonalpyn silos. Image via australia.trendolizer.com
After the last year’s success of his Dismaland, Banksy has now turned to problems in the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian-Jewish conflict. While Dismayland replicated conceptually Disneyland, in Palestine Banksy explores the touristic potential of a conflict, through creation of a Walled Off hotel next to the Israeli barrier wall at Bethlehem. Received with mixed reviews, the hotel features his artworks in each room, and can be used as any regular hotel in the world, although the sightseeing tour of the surroundings will be a less pleasurable one.
Featured image: Banksy - Walled Off Hotel. Image via Widewalls archive.