The Most Important Artists of 2013 (So Far)

12. Imran Qureshi

Exhibitions: "Roof Garden Installation by Imran Qureshi" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 14 - November 3, 2013), "Imran Qureshi: Artist of the Year 2013" at KunstHalle (April 18 - August 4, 2013, "The Encyclopedic Palace" at the Venice Biennale 2013 (The Italian Pavilion)

Imran Qureshi began 2013 with an award from the Deutsche Bank for Artist of the Year, giving him the opportunity to fill the gallery space of their main Berlin location with whatever he chose. He created custom pieces in the space for the exhibition, including a separate, dark walkthrough space with various staircases leading to his trademark small paintings under minimal light. One room in particular has a mound of crumpled, "blood"-splattered tissue paper, providing the uncomfortable feeling that many of Qureshi's bloody works tend to.

He created a similar installation for the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, but the real showstopper is his piece on the Met's rooftop for the summer, where one can really experience the flowery, blood-covered floor, and by simply attending, voluntarily interact with it. Qureshi's commentary on humanity's history of violence, done on both the scale of his miniature paintings and his large, rounder works and installations, remains relevant and has spoken volumes in 2013. -Cedar Pasori

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