14. Ron English
Ron English is the master of turning popular culture iconography on its head, and 2012 has been a fruitful year for the "Popagandist". In January, English hosted An Evening with Ron English at the MoMa, an event that included the screening of the documentary "POPaganda: The life and Crimes of Ron English". This year he also had successful product releases, including a collaborative vinyl toy effort with Chris Brown (with bonus joint exhibition in New York), a Fat Tony toy that satirized the beloved cereal character, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles inspired line of watches with FluD. English's art continues to make us laugh and think and we can't ask for anything more.