Most Exciting Modern Art Artist in North America

A young generation of contemporary artists has boiled over with vibrating ideas pushing the boundaries of modern art both in terms of materials and subject matters.
In an effort to capture the names that you should follow we have put together some of the names of the most exciting artists showing, living, and working in the United States, Canada, and Mexico at the moment.

Harry DodgeMost Exciting Modern Art Artist in North America
Harry Dodge is an American sculptor, performer, video artist, and writer, whose interdisciplinary practice is characterized by its explorations of relation, materiality, and the unnamable with a special focus on ecstatic contamination.

Most Exciting Modern Art Artist in North America

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Kehinde WileyMost Exciting Modern Art Artist in North America

Kehinde Wiley is a New York City-based portrait painter who is known for his highly naturalistic artwork paintings of African-Americans. The Columbus Museum of Art, describes his work as follows: “Wiley has gained recent acclaim for his heroic portraits which address the image and status of young African-American men in contemporary culture.”

Most Exciting Modern Art Artist in North America


Josh KlineMost Exciting Modern Art Artist in North America

Josh Kline lives and works in New York. Freedom is a major art installation from which the exhibition takes its title.  Four towering ‘Police Teletubbies’ dressed in SWAT gear guard a space modeled after Zuccotti Park, the privately owned public space in New York City and site of the Occupy Wall Street protest camp in 2011.

Shary BoyleShary Boyle works across diverse media, including ceramics, modern sculpture, painting, installation, and drawing. She maintains a dual practice alternating between her studio and collaborative touring of projection/sound performance projects.

Juliana Huxtable

is an American artist, writer, performer, DJ, and co-founder of the New York-based nightlife project Shock Value. Huxtable’s multidisciplinary art practice explores a number of projects, such as the internet, the body, history, and text, often through a process, she calls “conditioning.

Wyatt Kahn

Wyatt Kahn has an active printing practice but is most well-known for his monochromatic, organic gatherings of a canvas. “I would like the viewer to experience the errors in the process that reveal my hand, and a very human experience of imperfection”.

Ebony G. Patterson

Ebony G. Patterson draws on paintings references to compose scenes and portraits that relate to popular culture and the strong context of character violence from various communities in Kingston, Jamaica. Transiting through varied techniques, the artist has photography as the first step in the elaboration of her compositions.

Paul Chan

Driven by the conceptual and formal possibilities of the tension between light and dark, and good and evil, Paul Chan is best known for his projected animations that use shadows and sculptures to engage cultural commentary and contemporary modes of communication.

Karin Jones

Karin Jones is the first contemporary art installation presented as part of the Of Africa project. This site-specific installation was selected through a public call for artists, who were invited to reflect on the position and representations of African Canadians in the nation’s historical and contemporary narratives, in dialogue with the historical

Martha Rosler

Rosler’s video, photography, installations, and performances are infamous for their political and social critique as well as their tongue-in-cheek humor. “My art is a communicative act,” Martha Rosler says, “a form of an utterance, a way to open a conversation.”