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This 85-year-old Japanese avant-garde empress doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Her psychedelic paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations can be seen all over the world. At last year’s Art Basel, one of her pieces sold for $960,000--the highest price paid at the entire show.
Fireflies on the Water, 2012
Brooklyn-based artist Sara Greenberger Rafferty may be only 35, but she's already shown at MoMA, the Whitney and the highly prestigious Gagosian Gallery. We love her mixed-media photographs and collages, many of which have a wry, comedic bent (like the totally relatable self-portrait shown here).
Performance Document: Self Portrait with Pancakes, 2006
Sure, you know Banksy. But do you know Bambi? This other mysterious “urban artist” also plasters the streets of London with gritty, irreverent graffiti. And like her male counterpart, she also has highly influential fans: Brad Pitt, Adele and Harry Styles are all rumored to have bought pieces within the past year.
A Bit Like Marmite, 2011
Last year she won the esteemed Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. This year she has a comprehensive solo show up at the New Museum in New York. French video artist Camille Henrot is definitely having a moment. If you find yourself at the Tate Modern in London, be sure to check out her 13-minute video, Grosse Fatigue, about databases, technology and, um, the creation of the universe.
Grosse Fatigue, 2013
We are head over heels for this Ethiopian-American abstract painter, whose large-scale work relies on rich layers and architectural structure. You can see some of her paintings on permanent display at MoMA and at various galleries around the world.
Stadia I, 2004
Angry, uncomfortable, bemused: Kara Walker?s unapologetically racialized art will make you feel a lot of things, but bored isn?t one of them. Though best known for her antebellum-themed black paper silhouettes, her newest show--which features a 75-foot-long female sphinx made from sugar--has us totally bowled over.
Mississippi Mud, 2007
From the days of Michelangelo to the dogs of Jeff Koons, the art world has always been a bit of a boys’ club.
But with Art Basel (a.k.a. the biggest-deal contemporary exhibition in the world) kicking off today, we thought it might be a good time to celebrate some of the crazy-talented women artists we just can’t stop talking about.
Here, six ladies you need to know now.
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