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ARTISTS TO WATCH IN MARCH shared by our international velvenoir art consultants to keep you on the pulse of the global art market


Günther Förg was part of a post-war generation of German artists who reacted against Modernism. His diverse oeuvre included sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, and drawing, with the artist at times, taking a multi-disciplinary approach to his work. Though stylistically diverse, his works share an interest in fragmentation and the political climate inherent to his birthplace, Germany.

Currently the demand for works by Förg has been described as a “market frenzy”, with renewed interest in the artist, perhaps exemplified most profoundly by a major retrospective of his work, “A Fragile Beauty” at the Dallas Museum of Art organised by Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. Collectors are seeking a new interpretation of modernism, a re-assessment of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, and Förg’s oeuvre sits comfortably within these defining movements in Western art history.

 selected by Catherine Asquith


Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist based in Australia, who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary media. His practice is largely autobiographical, his commanding works combine the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with stylistic elements of graffiti. Merging traditional diamond-shaped designs, hand-drawn symbols and repetitive patterning to subvert romantic ideologies of Aboriginal identity. Through his art, Rennie has been instigating a critical discussion about Indigenous cultures and identity in contemporary urban environments. His works are part of some of the major museum art collection in Australia and USA.

selected by Inês Valle

Image details:OA_RR is a three chanel video work featuring a handpainted gold 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche on the artist’s Kamilaroi country. / The score is by Nick Cave and The Badseeds. / Image by Justin McManus


New York basedYork-basedciplinary artist Shuli Sadé works across a range of mediums: Photography, Video, Drawings, Sculpture Installation and Augmented Reality. In recent years she creates large scale Public Art projects. Sade works closely with architects and designers to document new projects. Sade studio photographed Renzo Piano renovations at the Morgan library, Norman Foster Hearst tower, Weiss Manfredi Nexus at Barnard College, Shiseido at Grey Art Gallery by Marble Fairbanks, lofts and apartments renovations by Ann Marie Baranwoski architect and others. Sadé has taught and lectured at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture, Parsons School of Design, Columbia University’s Barnard College, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design School of Architecture.  Her work is in numerous private and public collections. Her installation at the Neurobiology of Cognition Laboratory at NYU (2010–2012) was selected among Top 100 best art projects in Collaboration of Design and Art awards (CoD+A Top 100, 2013).

 selected by Liz Kwon

Born in Vietnam and based in the US, Truong employs a rich pastiche of styles uniquely her own as she explores the cultural dynamics of domination, assimilation, and resistance throughout history. Critically borrowing from the aforementioned painting movements (and many others), Truong’s Mutiny paintings feature sweeping Ab-Ex brushstrokes juxtaposed with landscapes in the style of Cole, as well as figurative elements inspired by Japanese war prints, which the artist paints on silk and then attaches to the canvas. The backgrounds are divided by a two-color gradient, generating a hybrid space between the horizon line in western painting and the void in Asian art. Asian style wave motifs allude to imperialism and immigration, while elsewhere Truong reproduces textile patterns from around the globe, carefully selected for their embedded histories of exclusion or assimilation, as well as for their contemporaneity to specific incidents referenced in the paintings.
selected by Alexandra Schafer
photo courtesy of the artist // Installation, Galerie Quynh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

He began his artistic pursuit at a young age while making paintings with his father, though he looked at art as a chore rather than a career. Through learning traditional techniques of art making, he realized that the simplicity of stroke allowed him to express his mark-making in the most honest way. His “scribbles” are like a dance, freezing in time the emotion and movement of the brush. The compositions question the idea of legibility. This meditative technique allows familiar shapes and forms to be present throughout the work. Daniel’s work is a response to pop-art and the exchange of information in contemporary life.

selected by Sarah Michaud


She studied at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts, where she obtained her degree in the painting studio of Professor Leon Tarasewicz and the public space art studio supervised by Professor Mirosław Duchowski in 2009. She is the author of paintings and installations presented in the public space of the city. In January 2010, she won the contest organized by A19 Gallery located in Marymont subway station in Warsaw. The large-format mural entitled “Lambs of God” she presented there won her fame. In November, same year, Curyło received the Grand Prix awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as well well as the Award of BWA City Gallery in Bydgoszcz during the 2010 PROMOTION in Art Gallery in Legnica.  In May 2011, she was nominated to the prestigious award of the 10th Geppert Contest.  In 2012 and 2016, Julia Curyło received a scholarship awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

 selected by Weronika Kozior


Peter Zimmerman makes epoxy paintings that explore the visual effects of surface and material through glossy pour-like shapes of rich colors. His amorphous forms prompt endless interpretation, the depth and density of his materials creating visceral effects of shifting light and color, heightened by layered airbrushing. For source materials, Zimmerman repurposes book covers and old paintings, and uses Photoshop filters to manipulate found images from the Internet into unidentifiable abstractions.

selected by Jules Lambe

Photo Credit: Bernhard-Strauss


With his aerial photographs, French artist Jérémie Lenoir explores what he refers to as « third landscape » or « non-places », those territories that are the product of political and economic processes. Through a meticulous selection of scenes (delimited perimeter of France’s geography),  a precise shooting protocol (same altitude – 1500 feet – and zenithal light to crush all shadows and perspective) and deliberated disorienting picture framings (no sky, horizon or any identifiable infrastructures), Jérémie Lenoir introduces radical geometries and abstraction to his images. This strong pictorial bias reflects the influence of painters such as Soulages, Noland or Malevich in Lenoir’s aesthetics.

By capturing the reality and transfigurating it into paintings, Jérémie Lenoir
pictures bear new realism to our contemporary territories.

selected by Claire Alliot-Soto


Odonchimeg Davaadorj (born in 1990 in Mongolia) expresses her creativity and sensibility through a wide range of media: drawing, painting, sculpture, video, performance, dance… In her delicate and dreamlike artworks, she creates small imaginary worlds full of melancholy and poetry. All of these little stories appeal to the viewer’s own sensibility and beliefs with no need of artistic references to be intelligible. Odonchimeg Davaadorj graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy. Her works have been exhibited in art spaces and galleries in France and Mongolia. She has won several awards, including the Salon de Montrouge ADAGP prize in 2018. Odonchimeg Davaadorj is represented by BACKSLASH gallery in Paris, France.

selected by Lou Anmella


Born NYC 1963. Lives & works in Colorado: Brenda Biondo is a photographer whose work focuses on three distinct areas: constructed abstractions centered on atmospheric color and light; conservation and land-based issues; and the way cultural artifacts move from the past into the present. Brenda’s work has been exhibited in shows throughout the country and published in numerous print and online publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Denver Post and Lenscratch. Her photographs are held in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Photographic Arts and the San Diego Museum of Art. A solo exhibit of her work opened at the San Diego Museum of Art in July 2017. Her book of photographs,Once Upon a Playground, was published by the University Press of New England in 2014 and is now the subject of a five-year traveling exhibit organized by ExhibitsUSA.

selected by Antoinette Williams

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