Maxwell Alexandre, PIPA Prize 2020 finalist, is one of the 35 artists featured in The Artsy Vanguard 2020, an annual list of the most promising artists shaping the future of contemporary art. This year, as explained by the Artsy platform, artists are organized into two categories: Newly Emerging, which presents artists who’ve gained momentum in the past year, showing at leading institutions and galleries; and Getting Their Due, which identifies artists who have persevered for decades, yet only recently received the spotlight they deserve. Maxwell was placed in the Newly Emerging category. The Artsy Vanguard’s intention is to feature “the artists you need to know, right now”.
Below, you can find a text – extracted from The Artsy Vanguard’s website – that explains the idea behind the selection:
Being an artist has never been easy. Yet now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a global reckoning around racism and inequity, artists are taking on more than ever. Over the past six months, despite a volatile economy and record unemployment, artists have not shied away from the demands of this moment. They have used their talent and influence to run fundraisers, spread activism, document protests worldwide, and create works that add nuance to our fraught reality—or offer much-needed relief. When we look back on this time, we’ll almost certainly look at the art. The 35 artists of The Artsy Vanguard 2020 are integral to this moment. Nominated by an international cohort of curators and art professionals, they are engaged with social and political issues, but they’re also at the forefront of contemporary art. And they’re shaping its future.
To visit Maxwell Alexandre’s page on the list’s website, click here.