I’ve got the best job in the world. I get to look at, think about and write about art, every single day. But the thing that makes it really special isn’t all the big Picasso and Leonardo shows at giant galleries – it’s getting the chance to find out about what young artists in this city are making right now. It’s hard to say if what’s happening in 2019 is better or more exciting than at any point in the past, but what’s clear is that there’s a lot of amazing art out there, and this little list of artists (all aged under 35, none of whom have had a solo show at a major institution) is just the tip of the iceberg.
You can’t really sum up the art in this city in one easy, pithy, easy-to-digest sentence. But what I can tell you is that artists right now are critically engaged in the big topics of the day – gender, identity, class, race, power and surveillance – but are approaching them with more colour, fun, joy and humour than ever. Maybe it’s a product of how hard it is to make a living as an artist these days: maybe it pushes artists to not worry about sales or respect and just enjoy themselves instead, but whatever it is, this is the most fun art’s been in a long time. This isn’t the art of the future, this is the art of right now, and it’s brilliant.