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Artists to watch in 2014

This year promises a ton of big name shows, but also some stars of the future. We pick our rising stars

Richard Mosse ('Safe From Harm, North Kivu, eastern Congo', 2012)
'Safe From Harm, North Kivu, eastern Congo', 2012© Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Edward Thomasson ('Between You and Me', 2013)
'Between You and Me', 2013© the artist
Nina Canell ('Affinity Unit')
'Affinity Unit'© the artist
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg ('Deceiving Looks')
'Deceiving Looks'© the artists, courtesy Lisson Gallery
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd ('Bat Opera')
'Bat Opera'© the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
By Martin Coomer and Freire Barnes |
© John Holten

1: Richard Mosse

The trippy visuals and 16mm film projections that filled the Irish pavilion were the leftfield hit of last year's Venice Biennale, making the 32-year-old from Kilkenny an immediate art star. Mosse's clever use of infrared surveillance film is what gives his images their pink tinge. 'The Enclave' – in which he documents the harsh realities of the rebel forces he infiltrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo – has gained him a place in the annual Deutsche Börse Prize. We're pretty confident this artist, who's created a striking new twist on documentary war photography, has the prize in the bag.

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Apr 11-Jun 22.

© Trent McMinn

2: Edward Thomasson

Calling his breakthrough show (at Southard Reid in 2012) ‘Just About Managing’ turns out to have been modesty on the part of this 2011 Slade School of Art graduate. Already tipped as a ‘Future Great’ by Art Review, Thomasson is fast-tracking his way to stardom via live art works that look at the degree to which everyday life is a kind of performance: the horrors of workplace team building have provided the basis for recent projects. Thomasson’s summer Chisenhale show follows an 18-month Create Residency during which he premiered a new play ‘Between You and Me’, possibly the first musical to be set in a sculpture studio (discounting Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ video).

Chisenhale Gallery. Jul 4-Aug 24.

© Sibilla Calzolari

3: Nina Canell

We’ve loved the barely-there poetics of this Berlin-based Swede ever since her debut London show at Cubitt in 2012. Using material as diverse as copper wire, chewing gum, puffs of air, stray socks and neon gas, Canell creates tiny moments of drama (‘Affinity Unit’, pictured above) that hit you like electric shocks. Her current exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre represents a leap into the big league, but don’t expect Canell’s sculpture to become inflated with success.

Camden Arts Centre. Until Mar 30.

courtesy Lisson Gallery

4: Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

Modelmaking never been so cheeky and carnal as when these Swedish artists are involved – be warned, ‘Pingu’ this is not. Creating allegorical stop-frame claymations with titles such as ‘Tiger Licking Girl’s Butt’ , Djurberg presents alternately idyllic and disturbing scenarios. The videos are accompanied by hypnotic soundtracks by Berg, her partner in crime. This autumn, the New York-based duo will have their first show at the mighty Lisson Gallery, who have such faith in their protegées they’re giving them their prized Frieze Art Fair slot.

Lisson Gallery. Sep 25-Nov 1.

courtesy Sadie Coles HQ

5: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Strictly speaking, she isn’t a ‘new’ artist, but Ms Chetwynd’s spring show at Sadie Coles’s Mayfair gallery will be the first in London staged under the latest moniker of the artist formerly known as Spartacus (and before that Lali, short for Alalia, the perfectly nice name she was given at birth in 1973). The poster girl of contemporary performance art, Chetwynd has made shambolic, pop-culture-referencing live art officially ‘a thing’. She also does a mean bat painting. Chetwynd lost out to Elizabeth Price at the 2012 Turner Prize, but we’re hoping a new name means a second stab at the most coveted award in art.

Sadie Coles South Audley St. Mar 6-Apr 12.

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