Kick Off the New Year With These Five Standout Artists Featured on Artnet Gallery Network

The New Year marks a new slate of artists follow.

Bhare, potholes on the stove (2023). Courtesy of Colonna Contemporary, Wayne, PA.

For our first roundup of the year, we scoured the Artnet Gallery Network for art and artists—from emerging to established—that we’ll be sure to follow all year long. On the Artnet Gallery Network, exploring galleries both local to you and across the globe has never been easier, and you can find exhibitions to see, artists to follow, and artworks that are perfect for whatever you are looking for.

Below are the five artists that caught our eye this month, hailing from the United States to Tajikistan, and with works that are equally diverse, from a post-minimalist innovator to a Web3 explorer.

Tommy Harrison at Grimm Gallery

Tommy Harrison, Holes (2023). Courtesy of Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam.

British artist Tommy Harrison (b. 1996) maintains a diversly-influenced practice that takes inspiration from art history—from the Renaissance to contemporary art—and explores the possibilities of composition through technical approaches. An M.F.A. graduate of the Manchester School of Art (2023) under the 2020 Haworth Trust Painting Scholarship, he is currently the subject of a solo show at Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, titled “Double Bind,” on view through February 24, 2024. In this recent body of work, the balance of the works’ geometric foundations and depiction of subject are brought to the fore, resulting in images that evoke Surrealism and even the uncanny.

Osamu Kobayashi at Hollis Taggart

Osamu Kobayashi, Budding Bubbles (2023). Courtesy of Hollis Taggart, New York.

Dialoguing with the history and tradition of hard-edge painting and experimenting with expressions and gradients of color, Osamu Kobayashi (b. 1984) has developed his own distinct approach to abstraction. Originally from South Carolina and currently based in Brooklyn, Kobayashi vibrant fields of color are made complex through intricate, visible brushwork and framing through contrasting hues. His work is currently on view with Hollis Taggart, New York, in the solo show “On Apparition,” highlighting his most recent explorations into form and color.

Richard Tuttle at Galerie Christian Lethert

Richard Tuttle, Remembering 1 (2023). Courtesy of Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne.

Pioneering post-minimalist American artist Richard Tuttle (b. 1941) has maintained a medium-diverse practice for decades, spanning painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, textile, and even installation and furniture design. Recognized for his subtle and unburdened compositions and emphasis on line and scale, his work could be described as visual poetry. Each work pursues new possibilities from the essential aspects of color, shape, and material. He has been the subject of dozens of solo exhibitions worldwide, and his work can be found in the collections of prestigious institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Bhare at Colonna Contemporary

Bhare, hallmark card (2023). Courtesy of Colonna Contemporary, Wayne, PA.

New Yor-based Barbadian American artist Bhare (b. 1998) creates work that are at once deeply autobiographical and widely relevant; illustrating thoughts and events from his personal life, pervasive themes such as the pandemic, life changes, and self-reflection in times of chaos become a unifying and relatable thread. Unique to his practice, Bhare has continuously experimented with melding aspects of Web3 with traditional art making, offering insight into each’s possibilities and potentials. Some of his most recent work—as well as forays into the realm of digital counterparts—are on view with Colonna Contemporary in Wayne, PA, in “Building a Happier Home,” on view through January 29, 2024.

Rimma Arslanov at Galerie Haus Schlangeneck

Rimma Arslanov, The dream of Armor #4 (2020). Courtesy of Galerie Haus Schlangeneck, Euskirchen, Germany.

Rimma Arslanov (b. 1978) is originally from Tajikistan, and currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. Through their work, Arslanov examines ideas around memory and the relationship between past and present, specifically the former’s ability to affect identity and everyday lived experiences. Through the contrast of the artist’s life in the former USSR and current life in Germany, as well as examinations of dichotomies such as organic and artificial, old and new, perception and reality, each work becomes an exploration through formal and compositional technique on humanness.

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