CalArtians Named in Artsy Vanguard 2019

Lauren Halsey (Art BFA 12), Gala Porras-Kim (Art MFA 09), Henry Taylor (Art BFA 95) and Charlotte Prodger are among the artists named in the Artsy Vanguard 2019 list of 50 Artists to Know Right Now.

Launched in 2018, the Artsy Vanguard is a new annual list by art collection and discovery platform Artsy. Each edition features 50 contemporary artists from around the world at crucial new stages in their careers, categorized as “emerging,” “newly established” or “getting their due.” 

Halsey, recognized in the “emerging” category, is a Los Angeles-based artist renowned for her Afrofuturist, site-specific works. In 2018, she presented her installations at the Made in L.A. biennial and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA LA). Her installation, The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project, exhibited at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris this year. Halsey, the recipient of the 2019 Frieze Art Award, is set to have a solo show with the David Kordansky Gallery in L.A in 2020.

Porras-Kim, also recognized in the “emerging” category, is a Bogota, Colombia-born, Los Angeles-based painter and sculptor. Her work investigates how artifacts and cultural heritage are adopted into the art world, especially Mesoamerican art. Porass-Kim’s work was featured in the 2019 Whitney Biennial; and in May, her work was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum and featured at Frieze New York. Porras-Kim is organizing an upcoming show at MOCA LA in October.

Taylor, recognized in the “getting their due” category, is a Los Angeles-based painter known for his striking, intimate portraits. He made a splash with his paintings at the 2017 Whitney Biennial. In 2018, he was awarded the mid-career Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize, and had one of his paintings sold for $975,000 at Sotheby’s Auction House. Taylor participated in the Biennale Arte 2019, where his works, including a “heart-stopping” triptych featuring three different subjects, were considered a highlight.

Prodger, recognized in the “newly established” category, is a Glasgow-based filmmaker who spent a semester-long exchange at CalArts while earning her MFA in 2009 from The Glasgow School of Art. She won the 2018 Turner Prize for her video works, including Bridgit (2016), which was shot entirely on her iPhone, and represented Scotland in the 2019 Venice Biennale. Prodger has forthcoming solo shows at Glasgow, Scotland-based art studio Tramway and Bergen Kunsthall in Bergen, Norway.

Read Artsy’s full listing here.

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