ARTS & CULTURE
02/26/2013 08:18 am ET

Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know (PHOTOS)

As Black History Month comes to a close, we've picked 30 young black artists who are contributing to the ongoing conversation of race and representation in contemporary art. Whether through sculpture, photography, video or performance, each artist illuminates the complexity of the self with a unique and bold vision.

From Kalup Linzy's soap opera shorts to Kehinde Wiley's traditional portraits updated with black models, the following young artists show there is no single way to address race in contemporary culture. Playful or meditative, sarcastic or somber, the following artists tackle the subject with a ferocious curiosity, passion and vulnerability.

Tell us who we missed in the comments below.

30 Black Artists Under 40

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