Artist to Watch

9 to Watch This March


9 to Watch This March
Matt Mullican


"I'm not as well known as I ought to be," says Gary Hume, a one-time Turner Prize nominee who represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1999. He should get his wish soon: with a show opening at White Cube’s Bermondsey branch on March 6th, to be followed by a Tate Britain survey in June, the artist will be the star of London this spring.  


When Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner was selected to organize the Armory Show’s Focus section—an annual spotlight on a global art scene—the renowned curator opted to give 15 minutes of fame to an unlikely underdog: the United States. His survey of emerging currents in the country's art will include a Warhol mini-retrospective, naturally.


Known for her distinctive—and transgressive—work in sculpture, printmaking, and painting, Kiki Smith will be featured by Pace Gallery in a solo booth at the tony ADAA art fair. Also, as if this celebrated artist needed another honor, she was recently laureated as one of the U.S. State Department's first Medal of Arts recipients.


The upcoming exhibition “Ed Ruscha Books & Co” at Gagosian's 980 Madison Avenue location will spotlight the artist’s books that the Los Angeles artist has assembled over the years—a central aspect of his practice—as well as those of the myriad artists he has influenced. On the other coast, meanwhile, the Getty, which acquired over 70 photos by Ruscha in 2011, will display a concentrated survey of work by the über L.A. artist in April.


Matt Mullican’s idiosyncratic cosmological investigations (often involving hypnosis) will be dominating the booth of Zürich-based gallery Mai 36 at this year’s Armory Show. And the artist, often associated with his antic performances, is getting credit for his depth lately: the Financial Times called his work in the Whitney's "Blues for Smoke" exhibition the "most poignant piece in the show." 


An upcoming retrospective at London's Victoria & Albert Museum celebrates the pop icon as an artist in his own right, a meticulous shaper of his image who worked with artists and photographers to sculpt Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, and his other culture-making personae. The long-in-coming show will include Bowie's original costumes, instruments, music videos, film, photography, and collaborations with fellow artists.


Work by this pioneering Minimalist is included in “A Trip From Here” at MoMA, which considers the ways in which artists have taken walking, traveling, and exploring as a subject—and a medium. Primarily known for his seminal felt sculptures, Morris has a tremendously varied body of work, and the day is fast approaching when this Post-Minimalist master gets his full due.


A young artist who uses her own family history as a lens through which to examine the larger political and racial history of the 20th century, LaToya Ruby Frazier was widely acclaimed for her affecting suite of black-and-white photographs at the 2012 Whitney Biennial that documented her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Expect to reencounter the Fraziers—and Braddock—at the Brooklyn Museum this month with the opening of her new survey "A Haunted Capital."

The artist Danh Vo, whose family fled Vietnam for Copenhagen in 1979, has long been best known for his piecemeal sculptural reconstructions of the Statue of Liberty—a drape here, a flame there, all honoring the famed symbol of sanctuary for refugees—that have been shown widely, including the New Museum's last Triennial. That's bound to change this month when the artist, who last year won the Guggenheim's $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize (and was recruited Marian Goodman Gallery), debuts his solo show at the museum. 


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