2015 Top 10 Living Artists

Ai Weiwei

B. 1957 IN BEIJING, CHINA. LIVES AND WORKS IN BERLIN, GERMANY AND BEIJING, CHINA.

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Jeff Koons

B. 1955 IN YORK, PENNSYLVANIA. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK.

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Yayoi Kusama

B. 1929, MATSUMOTO, JAPAN. LIVES AND WORKS IN TOKYO, JAPAN.

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Damien Hirst

B. 1965 IN BRISTOL, U.K. LIVES AND WORKS IN DEVON AND LONDON U.K.

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Yoko Ono

YOKO ONO B. 1933, TOKYO, JAPAN. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK.

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Theaster Gates

B. 1973, CHICAGO. LIVES AND WORKS IN CHICAGO.

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Frank Stella

B. 1936, MALDEN, MASSACHUSETTS. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK.

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Tania Bruguera

B. 1968, HAVANA, CUBA. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK.

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Alex Katz

B. 1927, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK AND LINCOLNVILLE, MAINE.

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Cindy Sherman

B. 1954 GLEN RIDGE, NEW JERSEY. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK.

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In conducting our annual review, we pulled from a wealth of data sources* and our editors’ insight to determine which living artists wielded the greatest influence in 2015. Several are the mainstays of such rankings you might expect. But the list’s new additions ring in exciting advancements for the art world and beyond—from a forebear of this year’s biggest trend in painting to a figurehead for free expression and a Chicagoan serving as a catalyst for social change.

Via (Artsy)

Illustration  by Rebecca Strickson for Artsy,