Part 1 of the 10 ArtDiscover artists featured in the 'Most Important Artists of 2013' by Complex Magazine.

The best of 2013: the top international artists I
Barcelona - DEC 30, 2013

2013 has come and gone. In the art world, a few artists have managed to break through and be featured among the most important international creators. From the next Jean-Michel Basquiat, to the reign of performance art, it has been an intense and art filled year.

Here is the first part of our top 10 artists, inspired by Complex Magazine's end of the year list.

10. Oscar Murillo

In 2011, the Colombian artist Oscar Murillo sold his paintings for under $3,000, barely making enough money to pay for art school. Now, just two years later, he has become one of the represented artists of David Zwirner Gallery. This intense rise to stardom has earned him the title of the next Jean-Michel Basquiat. His paintings have gone from being worth a few thousands of dollars to being sold at Christie's in London for $389,199. Need we say more?

9. Ryan McNamara

The performance artist Ryan McNamara has created a piece that fits perfectly in the recent context of paranoia over privacy and the rise of digital art auctions. Entitled ME?M: A story ballet about the Internet, the extraordinary piece won him the prize of Performa 13. The performance staged an immersive ballet that invited the audience to question their perception of the Internet. Though provoking like all McNamara's work, the piece challenged regular ballet structure focusing on a series of micro-performances, clearly shying away from conventionalisms in order to tackle issues not normally explored through this practice.

The best of 2013: the top international artists I

©Wes Lang, Castles in the sky

8. Wes Lang

It seems 2013 has been the year where rap artists have become widely interested in art. The collaboration between the painter Wes Lang and Kanye West is just another example of the creativity that can arise from the union of different practices. Like before peculiar style of Wes Lang's paintings has caused quite a bit of controversy, even when being featured in the Yeezus tour apparel. His eclectic combination of American history, extreme irony and grim reapers seems to be quite fitting. 

The best of 2013: the top international artists I

7. Ragnar Kjartansson

In May, Ragnar Kjartansson and The National staged a six-hour performance at MoMA PS1, entitled A Lot of Sorrow. During the six hours, the American indie band played their song "Sorrow". Six hours straight, from 12 in the afternoon until 6 p.m. The performance represented an incredible test of endurance of the musicians and an exploration of the potential changes introduced by long term repetition. 

The best of 2013: the top international artists I

6. Faile

In early 2013, the art duo FAILE collaborated with the New York City Ballet in the launch of their Art Series. The public exhibition showed a large intervention and a series of hand carved FAILE wheels inspired in Tibetan prayer wheels. This curious collaboration shows the interest sparked by urban art in contexts not normally related. 

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