Ten Most Memorable Artists of 2007
The definition of memorable is ‘worth being remembered or noted’ which is a key factor in determining the future value of an artists work. When I refer to an artists work as being memorable I am not referring to artworks that have displayed in the media so much that one can’t help but remember them (ie Hirst, Koons etc.). What I am referring to is those artist’s whose work extends beyond mere aesthetics and evokes thought, discussion, contemplation, reflection and an urge to re-visit and re-experience over and over again. Below is a list of ten artists that I think have been the most memorable of 2007:
Tim Hawkinson – For his amazing sculptural machines that are both engaging and challenging
Helio Oiticica – For his amazing show at the Tate Modern which was absolutely mind blowing (above image ‘B 11 Box Bólide’ by Helio Oiticica)
Damian Ortega – For the amazing nine-part film ‘Nine Types of Terrain’
Antony Gormley – For his ‘Blind Light’ exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London which included the amazing cloud filled glass room.
Julie Rrap – For her highly imaginative manipulation of images of the human body
Cy Twombly – For continuing to produce engrossing and beautiful work
Amy Stein – For her fantastic domesticated series of photographs
Doris Salcedo – For the creation of a cracking crack
Matthew Barney – For his fantastic and challenging ‘Drawing Restraint’ series which was exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery
Olafur Eliasson – For his groundbreaking work as exhibited at the ‘Take Your Time’ exhibition at SFMOMA
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.