13. Jason Yarmosky, 26
“Nobody should want to be young forever. You should want to enjoy all of life,” says painter Jason Yarmosky, imparting the learned wisdom of his elders. It’s fitting, given that his recent solo show in Manhttan’s Bertrand Delacroix Gallery featured his grandparents as a vehicle to explore the connection between lives past and present. Does Yarmosky hope to redefine society’s view of aging by exploring its inevitability? Not exactly; he paints only to maintain the image of his family as he knows it.
14/15. Carla Blumenkranz, 30
Dayna Tortorici, 24
All of the people on this list are those who we should keep our eyes on for years to come, and all of them have achieved enough things at young enough ages that it’s hard not to throw around the word wunderkind indiscriminately. But in the case of Blumenkranz and Tortorici (editor and senior editor at n+1, respectively) it’s particularly difficult because of how much they’ve achieved at the magazine—the deep imprint they’ve made on a publication long and closely associated with a very specific voice. Both started as interns (Blumenkranz in 2005, and Tortorici in 2010) and have been integral in helping n+1 evolve from a literary magazine into something that better represents all the voices and interests involved. What that means for the brand is things like the establishment of the n+1 Research Collective and a pamphlet series. The latest edition, No Regrets, is edited by Tortorici, and has perhaps the perfect title for how both the two can look back on their careers so far.