04/30/2013 11:55 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What Does the Future of Art Look Like?

Courtesy Whitney Museum and Lucien Smith

With the Whitney Museum of American Art's new downtown building (set to open in 2015) dubbed the "Whitney of the Future," we asked a few up-and-coming artists what they thought the future of art entailed. According to these seven artists, all who contributed works to the Whitney Art Party benefit -- one of New York's annual 'It' art events -- the future of art looks uncertain, if not colorful (see emoticons). But browsing through the roster of artists included in the benefit sale -- including works by KAWS, Liz Magic Laser, Matthew Day Jackson, and many more -- the future of art looks pretty darn exciting to us.

See what Lucien Smith, Nicolas Lobo, Amy Globus, Aaron Sandnes, Joshua Abelow, Alex Perweiler and Zachary Susskind had to say about the future of art.


This isn't like me...., 2012. Acrylic on unprimed canvas.

Lucien Smith, whose choice of words is as playful as his style of painting -- he created his work for the Whitney Art Party benefit by spraying paint from a fire extinguisher -- shared: "Art of the future? Maybe something like this:

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Balloon Collage (Palsy version #2), 2013. C-print.

Nicolas Lobo, who is known to represent immaterial elements--like sound and radio waves-- in his conceptual work, replied with his own question: "Does an artwork that is good take into account every artwork that came before it? Would there be a threshold after which artworks could no longer sustain this condition?"

Continue reading "Nicolas Lobo on Mix Tapes and Bananas"


UNTITLED, Video Still, 2012. Digital archival c-print of video still.

According to Amy Globus, inspiration draws from every corner of life, including her answer to this question: "'There is no future. There is no past. Do you see? Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.' ― Alan Moore, Watchmen"

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Decided Destiny (Mirror, Mirror...), 2013. Oil paint on paper.

Aaron Sandnes, whose multimedia practice is influenced by his upbringing in Southern California and his early experiences working on custom cars and making music, said: "Most likely as complex as it is now but hopefully with increased support for those enthusiastic for slow-burns and long-terms."

Continue reading "Aaron Sandnes Creates His Own Path"


Dancing Man (FNN), 2012. Oil on burlap on canvas.

Joshua Abelow who makes paintings and drawings that, in his own words, "mock the idea of the artistic genius", said: "I'm optimistic about the future of art and the future of painting."

Continue reading "Joshua Abelow is Willing to Risk Everything"


Untitled (Black & Tan), 2013. Oil and rubber on canvas.

And, finally, members of The Still House Group and frequent contributors to each other's practice, Alex Perweiler and Zachary Susskind cleverly answered: "Everything is going to look like art in the future."

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