The Most Important Artists of 2013 (So Far)

9. Tino Sehgal

Exhibitions: Ann Lee at Frieze New York 2013 (originally from 2011), L'opera alla Biennale di Venezia 2013 at the Venice Biennale 2013

Sehgal blew up the Internet when he won the Venice Biennale Golden Lion this year, and it wasn't because he had just received a prestigious award. When he posed for a photograph with the Golden Lion trophy, he made an unfogettable face that became a viral meme. Sehgal was awarded the Lion for his performance art piece representing Germany, where people hummed and beatboxed while sitting on the floor.

Sehgal is largely famous for his "constructed situations," where people follow directions given by the artist. Besides his success in Venice, Sehgal was also short-listed for the Turner Prize this year, which will be announced in October. -Leigh Silver

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