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Artists to watch in 2019

Artsper presents its selection of artists in the spotlight in 2019. You still have a few months left to check out this year's best artists.

Were you moved by the paintings of Francis Bacon or Bernard Frize at the Centre Pompidou? Why not treat yourself to an artwork by these multi-talented artists? 

In other news, the Picasso Museum shocased the work of two of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. Masterpieces by these timeless artists were honoured in the exhibition.

For the Louvre Pyramid's 30th anniversary in March, Jean-René, or JR, revealed a new side to it in an incredible trompe l'oeil entitled 'Le secret de la grande Pyramide' (the great Pyramid's secret). To do so, he designed an enormous photographic collage (his largest to date). The entire Napoleonic court was covered over, including the fountains and mini Pyramids. This Herculean work marked the artistic year; ephemeral but immortalised in sublime photographs.

Now for some highlights in the art market this year, the FIAC once again broke its attendance record and featured the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama on the legendary Place Vendôme! Meanwhile, Banksy's 'Devolved Parliament' canvas was sold for the modest sum of 11.1 million euros. In the context of Brexit, this highly engaged painting depicts the British Parliament occupied by chimpanzees. Banksy certainly shows no signs of slowing down.

One of the many attractions of the contemporary art market is that it is constantly evolving. This year, some trends have emerged in the art world. Up first, women's art and gender equality. Mainly dominated by men, the art market is opening up to parity, as illustrated by the success of several visual artists such as Jenny Saville, Julie Mehretu, Rachel Whiteread, Carole Feuerman, Sophie Calle, Charlotte Falcini and Satr. The second trend: African art. It is no coincidence that the fair Also Known As Africa (AKAA) was such a huge success this year: all eyes are on this emerging art. And last but by no means least, street art. For several years now, urban art has been appearing all over the walls of the world's capitals and artists' canvases. Some of the most famous names? Banksy, Shepard Fairey (Obey), M. Chat, JonOne, L'Atlas, JR and Miss Tic; all very popular amongst collectors.

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Our recommendations Bernard Frize, Aimé, Print

Bernard Frize

Aimé, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$426

Our recommendations John Kenny, Kashi, Photography

John Kenny

Kashi, 2014
67 x 45 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,362

Our recommendations Jean Dubuffet, L'homme au chapeau, Print

Jean Dubuffet

L'homme au chapeau, 1961
83.8 x 68.6 x 2.5 cm
Print

$25,000

Our recommendations Francis Bacon, Seated figure, Print

Francis Bacon

Seated figure, 1983
101.5 x 71 cm
Print

$27,226

Sophie Calle, Ainsi de suite, Sculpture

Sophie Calle

Ainsi de suite, 2016
24 x 18 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$1,421

Our recommendations Philippe Bonan, Christian Boltanski, Photography

Philippe Bonan

Christian Boltanski, 2010
50 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,066

Our recommendations Hyo Myoung Kim, Portrait of Suits: Nicolas Sarkozy, Print

Hyo Myoung Kim

Portrait of Suits: Nicolas Sarkozy, 2011
100 x 67 cm
Print

$4,916

Our recommendations Li Wei, On the surface of the earth, Photography

Li Wei

On the surface of the earth, 2004
100 x 100 cm
Photography

$9,474

Marc Le Guen, Lunta, Sculpture

Marc Le Guen

Lunta, 2016
40 x 40 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$2,132

Our recommendations JR, New York city ballet, paper interactions 13, 2014, Print

JR

New York city ballet, paper interactions 13, 2014, 2017
100 x 70 cm
Print

$1,208

Pablo Picasso, Vase avec Decoration Pastel (Ramie 190), Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Vase avec Decoration Pastel (Ramie 190), 1953
32 x 22 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$34,000

Our recommendations Bernard Frize, Néoci, Print

Bernard Frize

Néoci, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$426

Our recommendations Sophie Calle, Le nez Fr, Print

Sophie Calle

Le nez Fr, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$426

Joan Miró, Preparatifs d'Oiseau, Print

Joan Miró

Preparatifs d'Oiseau, 1963
71.1 x 81.3 cm
Print

$12,000

Our recommendations Bernard Frize, Rami, Print

Bernard Frize

Rami, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$426

Erró, De la série ”A travers…15", Print

Erró

De la série ”A travers…15", 1994
31 x 23 cm
Print

$296

Bernard Frize, Extension 2, Print

Bernard Frize

Extension 2, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$426

Sophie Calle, Room with a view En, Print

Sophie Calle

Room with a view En, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

$426

Hervé Di Rosa, La rue, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

La rue, 2015
105 x 51 cm
Print

$1,421

John Kenny, Hansuben, Photography

John Kenny

Hansuben, 2013
90 x 60 x 2 cm
Photography

$3,020

Francis Bacon, Triptych, Print

Francis Bacon

Triptych, 1983
90 x 62 cm
Print

$14,330

Our recommendations Carlos Cruz-Diez, Caura-4, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Caura-4, 2015
60 x 70 cm
Print

$5,329

Our recommendations François Morellet, 2 trames de chevrons-positif, Print

François Morellet

2 trames de chevrons-positif, 1960
62 x 62 cm
Print

$1,776

Albert Ràfols-Casamada, La Tardor 3, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

La Tardor 3, 1990
56 x 38 cm
Print

$592

Javier De Juan, Radio Oyentes, Print

Javier De Juan

Radio Oyentes, 1991
98 x 63 cm
Print

$770

Francis Bacon, Triptych 1987, Print

Francis Bacon

Triptych 1987, 1989
94.5 x 68 x 0.1 cm
Print

$18,356

Gérard Schneider, Composition IV, Print

Gérard Schneider

Composition IV, 1957
65 x 50 cm
Print

$3,316

Bert Stern, Marilyn. Classic Gold Roses (1962), Photography

Bert Stern

Marilyn. Classic Gold Roses (1962), 2013
48 x 33 x 1 cm
Photography

$5,803

Luca Izzo, Desformes #12, Photography

Luca Izzo

Desformes #12, 2014
91 x 65 x 1 cm
Photography

$2,250

Our recommendations Francis Bacon, Etude Du Corps Humain D'après Ingres, Print

Francis Bacon

Etude Du Corps Humain D'après Ingres, 1984
88 x 60.5 x 0.1 cm
Print

$22,501

Maurice Renoma, Acte pulsionnel - 042, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Acte pulsionnel - 042, 1999
70 x 50 cm
Photography

$5,329

Maurice Renoma, Acte pulsionnel - M18, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Acte pulsionnel - M18, 1994
100 x 70 cm
Photography

$5,329

Our recommendations JR, JR - 28 mm, Women are heroes, Action in Kibera Slum, Into the wild, Kenya, 2009, Print

JR

JR - 28 mm, Women are heroes, Action in Kibera Slum, Into the wild, Kenya, 2009, 2017
70 x 100 cm
Print

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Our recommendations JR, 28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes - Swimming Pool, Intercontinental Hotel, Verticale, Monrovia, Liberia, Print

JR

28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes - Swimming Pool, Intercontinental Hotel, Verticale, Monrovia, Liberia, 2008
98 x 72 cm
Print

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Our recommendations JR, JR au Louvre, La Pyramide, Paris, France, 2016, Print

JR

JR au Louvre, La Pyramide, Paris, France, 2016, 2019
36 x 46 cm
Print

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Our recommendations Jef Aérosol, Psychedelic Cowboy, Print

Jef Aérosol

Psychedelic Cowboy, 2020
70 x 115 x 1 cm
Print

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Our recommendations Bernard Frize, Caisse, Print

Bernard Frize

Caisse, 2013
70 x 50 cm
Print

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Pablo Picasso, Untitled, 21.9.68.IV., Print

Pablo Picasso

Untitled, 21.9.68.IV., 1968
32 x 39 x 0.1 cm
Print

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Our recommendations Kumi Sugaï, S Miroir, Print

Kumi Sugaï

S Miroir, 1990
76 x 62 x 1 cm
Print

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Our recommendations Zao Wou-Ki, Composition, Print

Zao Wou-Ki

Composition, 2007
56 x 76 cm
Print

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Alexander Calder, Fish and Pyramids, Print

Alexander Calder

Fish and Pyramids, 1976
58.4 x 78.7 x 1 cm
Print

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Gauthier Bruel, ST 11, Painting

Gauthier Bruel

ST 11, 2021
97 x 130 x 2 cm
Painting

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Yayoi Kusama, La bleue (Pumpkin BB-C), Print

Yayoi Kusama

La bleue (Pumpkin BB-C), 2004
24 x 28.5 cm
Print

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Janol Apin, Nuage, Photography

Janol Apin

Nuage, 2015
50 x 75 x 3 cm
Photography

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JR, JR au Louvre, 29 mars 2019, 19H01, Print

JR

JR au Louvre, 29 mars 2019, 19H01, 2019
70 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Print

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JR, JR au Louvre, 30 mars 2019, 6h50 © Pyramide, architecte I. M. Pei, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France, 2019, Print

JR

JR au Louvre, 30 mars 2019, 6h50 © Pyramide, architecte I. M. Pei, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France, 2019, 2019
70 x 100 cm
Print

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Our recommendations Robert Combas, La lumière est, Print

Robert Combas

La lumière est, 1992
110 x 83 cm
Print

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