We’ve provided you with a handy list of some the best artists NYC has to offer:
Kehinde Wiley was born in Los Angeles, but has made New York City his home. One of his more significant pieces is “Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps,” a 2005 piece, based off of Jacques-Louis David’s 1801 portrait, “Bonaparte Crossing the Alps.” Wiley’s version features a young black man posed as Napoleon — a testament to Wiley’s message and style. Wiley is currently touring his new exhibition, “A New Republic,” which was featured the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2016.
Xaviera Simmons was born and raised in New York City and is a talented multimedia artist. What is interesting about her art is that she does not just stick to one medium — her career spans work in photography, video and performance work. Simmons has exhibited at several museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA and The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Teresita Fernandez, an installation artist and sculptor, is best known for her public sculptures and her use of unconventional materials. In June 2015, she exhibited Fata Morgana in Madison Square Park. It was a outdoor sculpture that consisted of 500 mirror discs. She is winner of several prestigious appointments and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Grant and an American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship. She also served on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts until 2014. She’s based in Brooklyn, New York.
Aaron Fowler may only be in twenties but he has already made a significant mark on the New York City art scene. Based in Harlem, Fowler’s work consists of assemblage — paintings. He had his first showing in early 2016, which was called “Aaron Fowler: Blessings On Blessings.” His work focuses on creating personal narratives, to let each piece tell a story of its own. An example of Aaron Fowler’s art can be viewed here.
Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin focuses on contemporary art with vibrant color and dystopian themes. Yellin also founded Pioneer Works, which is a nonprofit center that conducts research on contemporary culture.
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