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As 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking the time to reflect on the artists that made the biggest impact in the art world this year. Here are the 30 artists we’re sure we’ll be hearing more from in 2018, and their exhibitions and works we’re still thinking about.
“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” with Public Art Fund (on view through February 11, 2018).
Commissioned to paint Michelle Obama‘s official portrait for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
“Love is The Message, The Message is Death” at Serpentine Galleries (October 5—September 14).
The artist’s “Days of the Weak” painting series in “Days are Dogs” at Palais de Tokyo.
Barkley L. Hendricks
The artist passed away in 2017. His work was included in Tate Modern‘s “Soul of a Nation” (July 12—October 22).
“Days are Dogs” at Palais de Tokyo (October 18, 2017—January 7, 2018).
“Kinetic Painting” at MoMA PS1 (through March 11, 2018).
“Of false beaches and butter money” at Almine Rech Gallery (September 5—October 7).
“Future People” at Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank (June 6—September 18).
Hank Willis Thomas
“The Beautiful Game” at Ben Brown Fine Arts (October 5—November 24).
“Softer” at Blenheim Palace (September 28—December 31).
“Nights in Harlem” at Casey Kaplan (September 7—October 28).
“Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!” at Sikkema Jenkins (September 7—October 14).
“Concrete Jungle Jungle Love” at Lever House (April 28—September 28).
“Side Dish” at R & Company (September 26—October 26).
Kerry James Marshall
His blockbuster show “Mastry” continued on from The Met Breuer to MOCA in Los Angeles.
Her work in the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary November sale, Shattered Light (1954), sold for a record-breaking $5.5M.
“Under-Song for a Cipher” at the New Museum (May 3—September 3).
“Pretty/Dirty” at the Brooklyn Museum (closed May 7).
“Tomorrow is Another Day” at the Venice Beinnale, representing the U.S. (May 13—November 26).
“Midden Heap” at Friedman Benda (October 26—December 16).
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya
His series of photographers in “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” at the New Museum (September 27, 2017—January 21, 2018).
Raúl de Nieves
Site-specific stained glass installation “Somos Monstros 2” at the Whitney Biennial (March 17–June 11).
“Selah” at Marianne Boesky Gallery (September —October 21).
Her installation and music program in “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” at the New Museum (September 27, 2017—January 21, 2018).
Toyin Ojih Odutola
“To Wander Determined” at The Whitney (October 20, 2017—February 25, 2018).
“Ndoro Na Miti” at Gladstone Gallery (January 27—March 25).
“Infinity Mirrors” at the Hirshhorn Museum (February 23—May 14).
“Imprison Her Soft Hand” at Project for Empty Space (February 22—April 1).