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Dee Poon: 5 Female Artists To Watch

Dee Poon: 5 Female Artists To Watch
By Dee Poon
September 19, 2018
Dee Poon, our September cover star, is an avid art collector and patron, She sits on the boards of Tate in the United Kingdom, New York's Museum of Modern Art and Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. Here, she introduces five rising female stars of the art world

1/5Haegue Yang

Installation view of Haegue Yang's exhibition ornamento y abstracción at kurimanzutto, Mexico City from April 1—May 6, 2017. (Courtesy of kurimanzutto)
Installation view of Haegue Yang's exhibition ornamento y abstracción at kurimanzutto, Mexico City from April 1—May 6, 2017. (Courtesy of kurimanzutto)

Haegue is a Korean multi-disciplinary artist who also works out of Berlin. She’s got an aesthetic that is a little out there, and her sculptures often incorporate sound and movement.

She comments on the social, personal and political, creating crazy works and installations that I seek out wherever they are on display. An artist who knows how to get her point across, Haegue’s work is brilliant—and not just because she often includes light. 

2/5Sarah Lai

Sarah Lai, Tracing the Misty Eye (2017). (Courtesy Blindspot Gallery)
Sarah Lai, Tracing the Misty Eye (2017). (Courtesy Blindspot Gallery)

Sarah is a painter from Hong Kong who my friend Mimi Chun of Blindspot Gallery introduced me to. She’s young, so she doesn’t have a very large body of work that I can really comment on, but I always notice her work when I see it, and I like it.

Blindspot has a wonderful program of local artists, by the way. I’m a big fan. 

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3/5Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović, The Artist is Present (2010). Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 9—May 31, 2010. (Photo: Andrew Russeth)
Marina Abramović, The Artist is Present (2010). Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 9—May 31, 2010. (Photo: Andrew Russeth)

A titan. I had the chance to meet her and hear her speak a while ago—and of course I saw her retrospective at MOMA—and the amount of work that she puts into her art really knocked me off my feet. Her work is so powerful. 

4/5Pamela Rosenkranz

Installation view of Pamela Rosenkranz's exhibition She Has No Mouth at Sprüth Magers, Berlin from April 29—June 17, 2017. (Photo: Timo Ohler)
Installation view of Pamela Rosenkranz's exhibition She Has No Mouth at Sprüth Magers, Berlin from April 29—June 17, 2017. (Photo: Timo Ohler)

I think the way Pamela considers and expresses the relationship between the body, the physical senses and the world we live in today is very thought-provoking and in line with what I see and feel. She has an aesthetic that is both delicate and bold.

From the emergency blankets to the Swiss Pavilion she did at the Venice Biennale, to what I call the cat pheromone series—everything is awesome. 

5/5Anna Bella Geiger

Anna Bella Geiger, O Pão Nosso de cada dia (1978). (Courtesy of Tate)
Anna Bella Geiger, O Pão Nosso de cada dia (1978). (Courtesy of Tate)

I found her work scrolling the Mendes Wood website. There was a piece with bread, and I just thought it was fun. But upon speaking with the gallery, I realiaed the thoughtfulness and depth and forwardness of her practice. I genuinely love the work, but also the way she influenced a generation of artists in Brazil through her teaching, the impetus behind her work and her desire to understand and influence her home country.

Women artists are underrepresented in museums around the world, with the work of women artists making up less than 10% of the holdings of some major museums. If you would like to support further research into the work of women artists in Asia, you can donate to Asia Art Archive's Women's Fund by emailing development@aaa.org.hk

See also: 9 Contemporary Chinese Photographers To Watch

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