The 25 Most Important Artists of 2012

24. Ryan Trecartin

Ryan Trecartin's rise to fame in the art world was quick, but it didn't presuppose a quick fall. He has only continued to create work, mostly in video form, using discolored characters with high-pitched voices who remind us of our contemporary vices and digital dependency in hyperrealistic ways. This year, he was the youngest artist to have work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, with a series of films towards the end of the show. His characters muttered lines such as, "I prefer my products to define who I am," and "I'm touch-screen sensitive." At one point, a character says, "Am I over-existing or am I over-existing?" While the exhibition wasn't completely well-received, his pieces stood out, reminding us of the continual presence and adaptability of his work.


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