Art Stars 2011: Where Are They Now? 

Sure, it might seem like we're all about the new hotness around here, always chasing the latest bright young things, that you might better namedrop at dinner parties... But just because we've moved on to the Class of 2012 Art Stars doesn't mean we've forgotten about last year. We thought we'd catch up with the careers of our last batch of artists, all of whom are doing irritatingly well...


Ryder Ripps
Digital artist Ryder Ripps has been busy, creating the LikeArtBasel show at Art Basel Miami Beach, a show based on the way social media is creating new art stars. Along with countless Facebook art projects, Ripps also created the crowd-sourced art-website-cum-slot-machine LuCkYPLoP. In May of last year, Ripps co-founded digital-PR company OKFocus with Jonny Vingiani. Their stunt-based marketing campaigns for companies like Smirnoff got them profiled in the Wall Street Journal. In a profile on the artist's website work and pop culture aesthetic, Print Magazine said: "With characteristic directness and stylized aggression, he uses all kinds of web junk—GIFs, JPGs, Twitter memes—to try to force us to consider what underlies the graphics and applications that most of us use without thinking."


Emily Roysdon
As well as participating in performances like "A Gay Bar Called Everywhere," Roysdon has also been busy curating shows around the world. In January, she curated the "Illegitimate and Herstorical" exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery, which focused on images of homosexual relationships and which art website Hyperallergic called "one of the strongest group shows culled from open-call submissions that I've seen of late." The Tate Modern commissioned Roysdon to curate a special event as a part of their Barbara Hammer exhibit. In May, Roysdon will also be participating in the Tate Modern's series of live-streamed artist talks where she will present a new work to watchers around the globe. Her performance will examine "the intersection of choreography and political action through performance."


Anna Betbeze
Buoyed by the success of her "Moss Garden" solo show, Betbeze participated in seven group shows across the world in 2011 and 2012. "Moss Garden" was also included as an honorable mention in New York Magazine's list of the Top Ten Art Shows of 2011. Artinfo praised Betbeze's work, saying that her woolen works "achieve radical relieflike paintings that traverse the expanded field with abandon." In February of this year, the artist opened her second solo show: Anna Betbeze: New Work at MASS MoCA. The show featured the artist's signature textural aesthetic, blanketing the walls in Greek Flokati wool which Betbeze selectively tore, burned and dyed.


Tom Thayer
Multitasking painter/performer/sculptor/puppeteer Tom Thayer has most recently been a part of the Whitney's 2012 Biennial, where his animated videos, assemblage paintings, outmoded technologies, and handmade puppets are featured. Artnet praised Thayer's contribution to the Biennial, calling him "a modern mythographer by way of William Kentridge and Balinese shadow-plays." Thayer will also be performing on May 20 and 27. The artist also had a strong showing at this year's Armory week where his work sold well.


David Benjamin Sherry
The artist's technicolor photographs have been featured in group shows from Moscow to Miami, and are soon to be part of the Out of Focus: Photography show at London's famed Saatchi Gallery. The Aspen Times review of Sherry's photograph in an Aspen Art Museum exhibit, called the artist's work "humorous and eye-catching." Although known for his bright color palette, Sherry went on to participate in the white-washed group show "Summer Whites" at the Rachel Uffner Gallery last June. His next solo showing, "Astral Desert," will debut in late April at the Bowery's Salon 94. The artist also released a new book of photographs, Quantum Light.


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