The Most Important Artists of 2013 (So Far)

16. Tom Friedman

Exhibitions: Untitled (Pizza) and Circle Dance at Frieze New York (May 10 - 13, 2013), "A New View: Contemporary Art" at Saint Louis Art Museum (June 29, 2013)

American conceptual sculptor Tom Friedman is known for making art pieces that elevate everyday objects like toothpicks and cereal boxes. For Frieze New York this year, he hoisted a giant replica of a pizza on a wall in the Luhring Augustine booth (you probably saw it on EVERYONE's Instagram). He also exhibited a life-sized scupture of stainless steel dancers in a circle called "Circle Dance," which is inspired by Matisse's painting La Danse, and was dwarfed by McCarthy's giant inflatable dog in Frieze's Sculpture Park. This month, as a part of a show on Post-War art, "A New View: Contemporary Art," Friedman is exhibiting new works along with other bigshot contemporary artists at the Saint Louis Art Museum. -Leigh Silver

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