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Top 10 most wanted artists in 2021 (Part I)

No. 10 - Sigmar Polke

Sigmar Polke (13 February 1941 – 10 June 2010), scoring a $27m Auction Record, was an influential German painter and photographer. Polke constantly experimented with various mediums and materials (meteorite dust or dish detergent); he proved to be a free and eclectic artist, robust to critique and disapproval. He is often identified as one of the founders of Capitalist Realism – an art movement criticizing both socialist and capitalist societies and regimes, which is a debate that has never been more relevant than today.

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Authors pick: S.H. – Oder wann zählen die Punkte? (2002) Signature usage patterns, a mixture of techniques such as photography and painting. Is it serious or silly? Or perhaps both?

S.H. - Oder wann zählen die Punkte?, 2002

Enamel and silkscreen ink on printed fabric
35 1/5 × 27 3/5 in
89.5 × 70 cm
Original source: https://www.artsy.net/

No. 9 - Thomas Ruff

Thomas Ruff (born 10 February 1958) is also a German photographer who explores the relationship between the camera, the subject, and the creator. His photography is conceptual and daring as he focuses on the surface of things claiming that one cannot go deeper than that with a camera.

I can only show the surface. Whatever goes beyond that is more or less chance.,- T. Ruff

 

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Author’s pick: Thomas Ruff’s picture from the series “Portraits” (1981 – 1985). Clean, daring, and bold. Ruff demonstrates that when using a camera to its’ full potential while confining the input of the photographer as much as possible, only the surface of the subject is what’s captured, and nothing else.

 

 

Thomas Ruff, Portraits (1981 - 1985)

©Thomas Ruff, Portraits
Original source: https://www.anatomyfilms.com/thomas-ruff-portraits/

No. 8 - Louise Joséphine Bourgeois

Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was a French-American artist, who explored sexuality, female identity, human relationships, body, death. Being linked to Abstract Expressionism, her artworks also could also be called Surrealist, Feminist, and some would just murmur calling them Nightmerish for her unsettling ways of projecting an idea: if you have ever seen a large spider with over-lengthened spooky legs in an art museum or a public space, chances are, that was her creation.

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Authors pick: THE COUPLE (2003). Liquid, futuristic, and certainly eye-catching. Unlike T.Ruff, Bourgeois is very metaphorical, digging deep into the human subconscious and mental state.

Louise Bourgeois, THE COUPLE, 2003

Aluminum, hanging piece
365.1 x 200 x 109.9 cm.
Collection The Easton Foundation
Photo: Christopher Burke, (c) The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY
Original source: https://www.ohsoarty.com/blog/2017/9/7/the-chilling-polarities-of-louise-bourgeois

No. 7 - Cindy Sherman

Cynthia Morris Sherman (born January 19, 1954) American artist whose work consists primarily of photographic self-portraits in a variety of different characters and amplua. She is an incredibly influential contemporary artist criticizing pop culture, consumerism, and human identity shaped by it. Her art has a hint of theatricality – as if she attempts the opposite of tableau vivantand we are all eyes and ears for it!

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Authors pick: Untitled, woman in sun dress (2003). Grotesque, feminist, and sharp, one of her most recognizable signature self-portraits.

 

Untitled, woman in sun dress , 2003

Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954)
Size: 5.75 x 15.75 in. (14.6 x 40 cm.)
Original source: https://www.caviar20.com/products/cindy-sherman-untitled-sun-tan-2003

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