I was recently patting myself on the back for my 2014 watch list because it was pretty dead-on. Hence, we have confirmed we can take my 2015 Contemporary Artists to Watch list seriously. A quality collectista absolutely gives credit where credit is due. My life habit is to surround myself with quality, well-informed people and research everything to the nth degree. This list is derived from my personal picks as well editing of several unbiased and well-regarded museum curators, art professionals, historians, and savvy collectors who I am lucky to call my friends. I would categorize most of these artists as having “emerged” but still under many people’s radars. In terms of acquisition, they are still priced at attainable levels (relatively speaking). Without further ado, here is the 2015 list of artists that are on the cusp of explosion this year.

 

1. GREGOR HILDEBRANDT

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Gregor Hildebrandt at Almine Rech; Art Basel Miami Beach

I fell in love with Gregor Hildebrandt’s work at the Almine Rech booth at FIAC. He is a Berlin-based artist who utilizes recorded cassette tapes, VHS tapes, and vinyl LP’s in his work. His abstract paintings and sculptures are lyrical and reference music, literature, film, and poetry. When I had the honor of meeting Gregor, he explained the story behind that first work I had become enamored with as being inspired by a feather lining inside a treasured letter. He then said, “But that story is not important. I want my art to be what the viewer sees and feels, not what they think I want them to see.” Love that. Currently, amongst other shows, Gregor’s work is on very public display at the Bass Museum in Miami.

Almine Rech Gallery
Locations in Paris, Brussels, and London
alminerech.com

Galerie Perrotin
Locations in Paris, New York, and Hong Kong
perrotin.com

 

2. CHARLINE VON HEYL

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Charline von Heyl, Pink Vendetta (2009) at Petzel Gallery

Totally coincidentally, Charline Von Heyl is also a German artist. I was introduced to her work by a wonderful gallerist-turned-museum-professional friend. Charline lives and works between New York and Marfa, Texas, with her husband, Christopher Wool. Her work is already in several public collections, yet remains a bit overlooked by many private collectors. She is an abstract painter who also has created amazing collages and works on papers. Her pieces are not predetermined but instead evolve through decisions she makes during her creative process. Her work is bold, beautiful, and beloved by those who know it.

Petzel Gallery
456 West 18th Street
New York City
212-680-9467
petzel.com

Galerie Gisela Capitain
St. Apern Straße 26
Cologne, Germany
+49 221 3557 0100
galeriecapitain.de

1301PE Gallery
6150 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles
323-938-5822
1301pe.com

 

3. THEODORA ALLEN

Theodora Allen, The Moth No. 2 at Blum & Poe; Art Basel: Miami Beach

Theodora Allen, The Moth No. 2 at Blum & Poe

I discovered Theodora’s work at Blum and Poe’s Art Basel Miami booth. Her beautiful butterfly painting took my breath away. She applies the paint so thin and evenly that I thought it was a silk screen. In order to test my own self, and confirm I wasn’t just being a sucker for another butterfly, I asked to see more images. Lo and behold, I was even more intrigued by this young artist’s guitar and musical references. Theodora is a recent U.C.L.A. grad whose oil-on-linen works have a very 1970s spirit. I would seriously investigate her work prior to her upcoming March 2015 show at Blum & Poe. It is my prediction that everything will change thereafter!

Blum & Poe
Locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo
blumandpoe.com

 

4. RUBY NERI

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Ruby Neri, Sculpture #4 (2014); David Kordansky Gallery

Ceramics are definitely a passion of mine. Specifically, every time I see a Ruby Neri I stop dead in my tracks and inquire, “Who did that ceramic sculpture?” Never fails, it’s always Ruby. Surely the appeal is that I can always see her hands in the work. Whether it’s the ceramic or the paint, her art is just so totally living and breathing and I just get very excited about it. It doesn’t hurt that Ruby Neri lives and works in Los Angeles. Sorry to be biased, but….

David Kordansky Gallery
5130 West Edgewood Place
Los Angeles
323-935-3030
davidkordanskygallery.com

 

5. SHIO KUSAKA

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Shio Kusaka, the 2014 Whitney Museum Biennial

Speaking of ceramics, let’s discuss Shio Kusaka. Not to overshadow her individual identity in any way, but Shio and Jonas Wood are arguably the artist power couple of the moment. Shio had a truly stunning display of porcelain and stoneware vessels in the most recent Whitney Biennial. Her work is inspired by Japanese tradition but clearly influenced by Western craftsmanship as well. Shio is based in L.A. and her work is fun, sophisticated, and gaining critical acclaim in all directions.

Blum & Poe
Locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo
blumandpoe.com

Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
New York City
212-367-9663
antonkerngallery.com

 

6. JONAS WOOD

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Jonas Wood, Jeremy; David Kordansky Gallery

Being a collector in Los Angeles, I would have to be dead not to have heard the Jonas Wood buzz the past couple of years. Now, following his incredible recent show at David Kordansky, anyone who has the littlest bit of cultural exposure must know a bit about this young Los Angeles painter. He is most appreciated for combining figuration and abstraction, most notably in his painting of interiors and life. However, Jonas is also a “guy’s guy” and has produced some pretty incredible sports-related paintings and works on paper. Young collectors are also having fun with his sports ball wallpaper.

David Kordansky Gallery
5130 West Edgewood Place
Los Angeles
323-935-3030
davidkordanskygallery.com

Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
New York City
212-367-9663
antonkerngallery.com

 

7. ANALIA SABAN

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Analia Saban, Composition on Six-Pane Broken Window (2014); On View at Prospect.3

Analia lives and works in New York, Los Angeles, and Argentina. As if she weren’t already traveling enough, she is also currently teaching in Germany. A student of John Baldessari (she inherited his studio), Analia Saban transforms the ordinary into something extraordinary without using traditional painting techniques. For instance, she has used smashed pieces of sink, chipped paint from a wall, or marble to create experiences for her viewers. She combines imagery and objects and is brilliant beyond her years. I have had the pleasure of spending time with Analia. She is humble, believes in the power of art to transform the world, and is really an amazing human being. Analia is not only an artist whose work one feels excited about, but everyone also feels wonderful supporting her.

Sprüth Magers
Locations in Berlin, London, and Los Angeles
spruethmagers.com

 

8. ANN CATHRIN NOVEMBER HØIBO

Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Untitled (2014); STANDARD (OSLO)

Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Untitled (2014); Standard (Oslo)

This one is my own personal leap of faith. Ann Cathrin November Høibo’s fiber woven work caught my eye over and over again at Art Basel in Miami Beach (and there was a lot of eye-catching art in that convention center). Upon further investigation, I discovered this artist is multitalented and works in many different mediums, such as acrylic, acid and salt, fibers, mixed media, and found objects. She lives and works in Norway and has recently participated in several group shows, as well as her solo exhibit at Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Standard (Oslo)
Waldemar Thranes Gate 86
Oslo, Norway
+47 22 60 13 10
standardoslo.no

Carl Freedman Gallery
29 Charlotte Road
London, UK
+44 20 7684 8890
carlfreedman.com

 

9. GLENN KAINO

Glenn Kaino, Tank; Honor Fraser Gallery

Glenn Kaino, Tank; Honor Fraser Gallery

Okay, you know when someone pops into your life 10 times over in a very limited time span? Well, such was the circumstance with Glenn Kaino. Glenn is a Los Angeles artist who addresses social and political history. Prior to Prospect.3 New Orleans, I must admit I was unfamiliar with the work. Or, rather, I hadn’t matched up the work with the artist quite yet. In New Orleans, I discovered his Tank exhibit and was totally wowed. “I attempt to reconcile irreconcilable materials as a way to generate moments where the impossible or improbable is given form,” Glenn has said. All I know is the Tank installation was unbelievable and fate has placed me in close proximity to him, his talented fashion designer wife, Corey, and his gallery every few days ever since. I can’t wait for his upcoming solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery; you should not miss it.

Honor Fraser Gallery
2622 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles
310-837-0191
honorfraser.com

 

10. PAE WHITE

Pae White

Pae White, Tapestry

My dear friend Mrs. Tependris introduced me to Pae’s work some time ago. I immediately responded to her work’s beauty, whimsy, and craftsmanship. Whether it’s her fun popcorn sculptures and installations, chandeliers, or tapestries, I live for it all. Frankly, I was hesitant about its sexiness at first. “Is Pae so fabulous that she is a moment, or is her work here to stay?” Meanwhile, each year more and more serious collectors have jumped onboard the Pae White bandwagon. I am getting on this one before I miss the boat, and you should consider doing so as well.

1301PE Gallery
6150 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles
323-938-5822
1301pe.com

Kaufmann Repetto Gallery
Via di Porta Tenaglia 7
Milano, Italy
+39 02 7209 4331
kaufmannrepetto.com
Xx Lottie Dottie