NYC's Top 10 Notable Artists

The Editors | December 19, 2016 | Feature Features

These creative mavericks take the lead in our city's melting pot of talent.
Banksy's “Rage, Flower Thrower”

1. Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović’s memoir Walk Through Walls (published in October) explores her incredible five-decade career.

2. Banksy, a British graffiti artist, activist and film director, has maintained a private identity. Some of the street artist’s best-known NYC oeuvres include “Let Them Eat Crack” and “Twin Towers.”

3. Chuck Close, a photographer and painter noted for massive-scale portraits, will have 12 mosaic and tile portraits up in the new 2nd Avenue-86th Street subway station.

4. John Currin is a modern master of the nude painting. Marc Jacobs has six Currin paintings adorning the walls of his NYC bedroom.

5. Printer and sculptor Jasper Johns is recognized for his depictions of flags and maps. Hedge fund investor Steve Cohen purchased Johns’ “Flag” for a reported $110 million in 2010.

6. Jeff Koons, known for his iconic giant balloon animal sculptures, received the Trophée des Arts Award from the French Institute Alliance Française
in October.

7. Portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz was designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Her latest project, Women: New Portraits, will be on display in NYC until Dec. 11.

8. Brazilian artist and photographer Vik Muniz will have mosaic creations in the new 2nd Avenue-86th Street station.

9. Richard Prince is a controversial painter and photographer, who created the cover for A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, which features artists like Jack White and Elton John.

10. Photographer and film director Cindy Sherman teamed up with six women artists this fall to design haute charm bracelets for Ippolita and LizWorks.


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