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Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Born and raised in Iceland, Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson draws upon the awe-inspiring glacial landscape of her homeland, creating startlingly beautiful weavings that hover precariously between realism and abstraction. Based in Ohio, she has exhibited widely in the Midwest as well as in Iceland. To the viewer, stepping into her sprawling solo exhibition of 26 works
Sanford Biggers at the Contemporary Arts Center
Sanford Biggers's new work develops the artist's earlier explorations of hip-hop's ethos of participation and community-building into a critique--if not quite a condemnation--of the global commodification of black culture. One of two videos in Hip Hop Ni Sasagu (In Memory of Hip Hop), 2003-04, documents the memorial service for hip-hop that Biggers arranged at a Zen Buddhist temple in Japan. Sixteen participants, including the artist and the temple master, participated in a ritual of structured improvisation, ringing Buddhist prayer bells of the kind Japanese families keep at home to commemorate their ancestors.
Aaron Parazette at the Contemporary Arts Museum
The thickly painted splashes and splats derived from clip art in Aaron Parazette's previous paintings have been replaced in his most recent efforts by architectonic, hard-edge letters that spell out a word or phrase in suffer lingo. The surf language--including words like "endless," "axed" and "kook"--loosely ties these works into a series without having much to do with their content. Parazette, who is a suffer and grew up in Southern California before moving to Houston in 1990, takes as his subject the interaction of color, the contradictions of flatness and depth, and the razor-sharp clarity of edge.
Fiona Tan at the New Museum of Contemporary Art
Power, and specifically the power inherent in the gaze, is a palpable theme in Indonesian-born Fiona Tan's installation Correction (2004). The first in a series of works by emerging artists commissioned jointly by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Correction is made up of 300 video clips of inmates and guards at four prisons in Illinois and California.
More Contemporary Art Artists

There are thousands of websites by contemporary artists. This is a collection of artists whose work I greatly admire and find inspiring. Studying the way an artist worked helps improve your own painting and motivate you to try new things.

Lynda Roberts, Abstract Artist
Profiles of Contemporary Artists -- Lynda Roberts, an abstract painter.

Jason Chase, Pop Artist
Profiles of Contemporary Artists -- Jason Chase, Pop artist.

Alaa Hegazi, Painter
Profiles of Contemporary Artists -- Alaa Hegazi

Liza Lou and her Trailer
Liza Lou is a contemporary art rebel.

John Power
As an artist John Power (1881-1943) was a successful participant in the international avant-garde during the 1920s and 1930s.

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