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10 Female Artists to Watch

From the 57th Venice Biennale to Documenta 14 and Skulptur Project Münster, the art world has a hectic few months coming up. These major events, which are held only once every two, five, and 10 years, respectively, will happen this spring and summer. And before artists, collectors, curators, and writers jet off to Venice for the opening of the Biennale later this month, they will have descended upon New York City for multiple art fairs.

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During the past few months, weve kept an eye on women who are making art in response to their experiences, shining a light on racism, bodies, motherhood, and so much more. Here are 10 female artists we think you should know.


Zoë Buckman

‘CHAMPION,’ 2015

Courtesy of Zoë Buckman

In 2015, the British artist Zoë Buckman exhibited a series of works titled Present Life, which included her placenta, preserved through a process called plastination. Last year, Buckman, who works with neon, sculpture, photography, and more, grabbed our attention with her neon sculpture of a uterus, which put boxing gloves in the place of ovaries, as well as her embroidered lingerie from the series Every Curve (one piece reads: “I swear I’ll never call you Bitch again”). Buckman currently has work on view in a group exhibition at Fort Gansevoort in New York.


Lady Skollie

‘Passion Gap a self portrait of the artist wrestling with her daddy issues; reaching misguidedly for the validation of men,’ 2016

COURTESY OF TYBURN GALLERY

Laura Windvogel produces work under the name Lady Skollie. She’s based in Johannesburg, where she creates playfully sexual paintings using ink, watercolor, and crayon. Lady Skollie made her U.K. debut earlier this year at Tyburn Gallery in London with the exhibition Lust Politics, in which her images depicted suggestive and symbolic fruit among brightly colored nude figures. Through her art and in her Kiss & Tell podcast, Lady Skollie tackles subjects such as sex, pleasure, and consent.


Tschabalala Self

(L-R): Chandelier 1, Chandelier 2, Chandelier 3

L-R: ‘Chandelier 1,’ ‘Chandelier 2,’ ‘Chandelier 3,’ 2017

Courtesy of Tschabalala Self

Recently included in Forbes annual 30 Under 30 list, Tschabalala Self is on the rise. According to art-world superstar Jeffrey Deitch, Selfs paint, fabric, and patchwork collages outshone works by Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons in a group exhibition presented during Art Basel Miami Beach in December. Born in Harlem and now based between New York and New Haven, Connecticut, Self focuses her artistic practice on “the iconographic significance of the Black female body in contemporary culture” and examining the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality. She has said that her contribution to confronting sexism and racism is showing a real spectrum of human emotion.

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Mira Dancy

QBS Shadow Bloom, 2016

‘QBS Shadow Bloom,’ 2016

Courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery

Mira Dancy has generated a lot of buzz over the last few years, and her vibrant artistic output hasnt ceased. So if you arent already familiar with her larger-than-life paintingsoften of nude female figures dancing between canvasesthen now is the time to take a look. Using fluorescent pinks, purples, and blues, Dancy depicts women in utopian landscapes and imaginary settings, free from all men. She presents paintings on varied surfaces, from canvas to Plexiglas, and has also used other materials, like neon and printed vinyl. Her poetic figures address a wide range of subject matter, including motherhood and sexual assault.

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