Thursday, March 29, 2018

My Favourite Contemporary Artists by Yomi Rodrig

My name is Yomi Rodrig and I work as a hedge fund manager; working in the investment sector means my mind never shuts down from thinking of new ways I can invest both my own and clients’ money. One of my favourite Items to invest in is contemporary art.

As well as enjoying visiting galleries, exhibitions and meeting with well-renowned and up and coming artists, contemporary art is rising in popularity and therefore value, making it one of the best and most interesting things to invest in at the moment.

If you’re keen to learn more about contemporary art from either a hobby or investment point of view, then please carry on reading to learn more about my favourite contemporary artists who put their own unique stamp on the art world and have become renowned for their individual styles, making them not just well-loved members of the contemporary art market, but valuable ones too.

Rudolf Stingel

Born in Merano, Italy in 1956, Rudolf Stingel is now based in New York City and I believe the style and inspiration for his work comes from this contrast in cultures. Stingel was first recognised for his monochrome pieces, which are a far cry from the work he has continued to create in later years. 

Stingel’s style is unique to him and often employs materials that aren’t usually considered mediums for art such as silver sheets, cork and carpet.

The scale of Stingel’s work varies from vast spaces such as his exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice in which he used patterned carpet to cover the space and create an environment that encouraged visitors to think and feel, to smaller hanging pieces such as those on display at galleries such as Gagosian and the Omer Tiroche Gallery.

The concept behind Stingel’s work is to provoke conversation by not stating the obvious in his works, he aims to get visitors to his work discussing what they see and creating their own interpretation of his work, hence he adds finer details to his work but generally keeps them open and simple.

Yayoi Kusama

The colourful and creative Yayoi Kusama was born in Japan in 1929 and is infamous around the globe for being an artist of many areas and a writer of many genres. Her pieces include paintings, drawings and sculptures and even extend into the fashion industry.

One of Yayoi Kusama’s most infamous concepts is her ‘Infinity Mirrors’ exhibitions which have been hosted in various venues around the globe, including temporary exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art and Victoria Miro Gallery in London, and permanent exhibitions at various locations including the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and The Broad, Los Angeles, California.

The idea of the ‘Infinity Mirrors’ exhibitions was to reflect Kusama’s previous artworks into a vast open space, taking the pieces from hanging artworks and into an experience that tested all the senses.

Takashi Murakami

Born on February 1st 1962 in Japan, Takashi Murakami is a multi-talented contemporary artist, specialising in both fine arts such as paintings and sculptures and commercial media such as fashion and merchandise. 

Murakami’s aim after graduating from the Tokyo University of Art was to establish himself as a successful artist in the Western art world and then move his empire back to Japan to help encourage the growth of an art market in Japan, which he felt was currently missing.

Due to being strategic in how he produced and advertised his work, Murakami is now well-known around the globe for his work. As well as creating traditional pieces of artwork for galleries and exhibitions around the globe, including 727 which takes permanent residence at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Murakami was enlisted to work with designers and brands such as Louis Vuitton and Issey Miyake where his work was used as the inspiration behind commercial products such as handbags.

Not only is an interest in contemporary art a way to engage in interesting conversations and experience unique things but dedicating time to exploring the contemporary art world could open a new investment opportunity if you gain a good understanding of the market and the value of the best artists and their works.

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