Artists to Watch in 2023

As we ring in the New Year, we are taking note of several artists that stood out in 2022, many of whom garnered auction results which far exceeded their estimates.

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In Memoriam

The new year is just hours away and before we ring it in, we wanted to reflect on the great visual artists that we lost this year. They represented icons of the international art scene, and their contributions were immeasurable.

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Lucian Freud Centennial

Today marks the centennial birthday of the preeminent modernist Lucian Freud (1922-2011) and we’re celebrating by spotlighting select pieces from the artist’s illustrious practice.

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World Heart Day

Today is World Heart Day! Created by the World Heart Federation, this day is to inform that Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 18.6 million lives each year, and to educate that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.  

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Unconventional Materials

What’s That Made Of?!

Zhuang Hong Yi, Fine rice paper with acrylic on canvas

Contemporary artists are constantly pushing limits, particularly in the often unconventional ways they employ their creative mediums and materials. Traditional mediums such as graphite, oil, and acrylic paints are still commonly used, however, artists all over the world have found new and innovative ways to express themselves through art in different forms.

There exists an endless array of out-of-the-box materials in the artworld, including neon lights, rice paper, steel-pins, compact discs, thread, smoke, felt, beads, glass, cans and even garbage.

Check out some of our favourite pieces made using unconventional materials below. If you are interested in any of these artists, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Jacob Hashimoto, Wood, acrylic, bamboo, paper and dacron

Dennis Lee Mitchell, Smoke on paper

Sheila Hicks, Linen, silk, cotton, wool 

Lucy Sparrow, Felt, acrylic and thread

Tara Donovan, Gatorboard, paint, and nickel-plated steel pins, and Jean-Michel Othoniel, Mirrored glass and stainless steel. Photo by William Waldron. 

Tara Donovan, Gatorboard, paint and nickel-plated steel pins (detail)

Liza Lou, Papier-mâché and glass beads

Douglas Scholes, Wood, glass tubes, metal, isopropanol 99%, natural dye

Brian Wills, Single-strand rayon thread and oil on oak 


Paul Villinski, Aluminum (found cans), stainless steel wire

Minimalist Art

With its sleek and geometric aesthetic, minimalism is a purified art form of beauty and truth

Truth, purity, and harmony are adjectives that are often associated with Minimalism. The art style, which was pioneered in the 1950s in the United States, stood in stark contrast to the emotionally charged Abstract Expressionist movement. Minimalist artists, including Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt, and Donald Judd, sought to focus on space, physicality, geometric shape, and line. Their general aim involved removing any compositional aspects deemed unnecessary or superfluous, to be left only with raw, simple shapes. There is no hidden metaphor, nothing to “get”; each artwork is brutally honest and unapologetic. As Frank Stella put it, “what you see is what you see.” 

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Minimalist art offers both a timeless and sophisticated aesthetic, one that is not prey to art trends. It gives a distinct calmness and maturity to any given space. Minimalism’s elegant simplicity is often misunderstood, but rather than attempt to understand, we should just look. In a world full of confusion, misinterpretation, and doubt, Minimalist art offers us the refreshing ability to perceive something exactly for what it is, no more, no less. 

Today, many new artists continue to follow the tradition of Minimalist art, manifesting the style in paintings, photography, art prints, etc. If you are interested in adding any Minimalist art to your space or would like to learn more about the Minimalist artists mentioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Additionally, if you are interested in purchasing fine art to start or grow your collection, or in selling fine art, feel free to contact Robin Rosenberg Fine Art.

Yves Gaucher, Jericho – An Allusion to Barnett Newman, 1978, Color lithograph on wove paper, Edition of 85, 28 x 41 inches
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rudolf Stingel, Anish Kapoor and Donald Judd
Al Held
Sol LeWitt
Robert Mangold, Double Square Frame I, 2015, Etching, Edition of 48, 22 1/2 x 36 inches 
Antony Gormley and Hiroshi Sugimoto
Frank Stella

Happy Pride Month!

Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community in the Arts

In June, Canadians and the International community gather for Pride Month where we celebrate the history and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. We recognize the progress that has been made and acknowledge that there are still many barriers to overcome. 

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The contributions made to the art world by members of the LGBTQ+ community are profound. Despite the adversity and discrimination they were confronted with, several artists from the LGBTQ+ community fearlessly opened up new paths of creativity in the art world.

To celebrate Pride Month, Robin Rosenberg highlights some of the most unforgettable artworks that honour their love, adversity and resilience and artworks that beautifully render the complexity of sexuality and the intersectionality of gender, including Andy Warhol’s portrait of Basquiat; Nan Goldin’s Jimmy Paulette and Taboo! Undressing, NYC; Robert Mapplethorpe’s Self Portrait, and many more. 

Featured are just a few of the iconic contributions of the brilliant LGBTQ+ community to the arts. Please contact us if any of these works or artists are of interest, or if you are interested in selling your art or investing in fine art.

Julie Mehretu, Corner of Lake and Minnehaha, 2022, 17-Run screenprint, Ed. of 45, 47.5 x 37 in
Keith Haring painting, Gérard Van Kal Mon sculpture, Andy Warhol portrait of Basquiat
Zanele Muholi, Thatha II, Sheraton Hotel, Brooklyn, 2019, Site-specific photographic mural, Ed. of 2,138 in
David Hockney, Ipad Drawing Untitled 346, 2010, 8 color inkjet print, Ed. of 250, 22 x 17 in
Nan Goldin, Jimmy Paulette and Taboo! Undressing, NYC, 1991, Cibachrome print, Ed. of 25, 39.5 x 26.5 in
Tamara de Lempicka, Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti), ca. 2014, Gouttelette print on paper, Ed. of 100, 28 x 21 in
Glenn Ligon
Catherine Opie, Rainbow Falls #2, 2015, Pigment print, Ed. of 5, 45 x 30 in
Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait, 1980

Re-Invented Contemporary Landscapes

A Site for Sore Eyes!

As we witness the landscapes of our world continuously change around us, so too has the nature of landscape art over time. One may typically associate landscape painting with more traditional, historical exhibits in a museum, but the genre has surged in relevance within contemporary art. While rooted in the depiction of the natural scenery that surrounds us, today’s artists use landscapes to illustrate many present-day themes such as environmental fragility and our dependence on virtual spaces. What keeps these artworks modern is their range of mediums and use of technology, as well as their range of styles from photorealism, to abstract and beyond.

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While we will never tire of the Impressionist work of Monet and Pissarro, or the historical Canadian landscape paintings of the Group of Seven, here are some examples of works we are loving right now, including art prints and paintings by Sarah Anne Johnson, Vik Muniz, Scott McFarland, Pablo Genovés, and more.  Please contact us for any inquiries or if you are interested in selling or purchasing fine art.

Sarah Anne Johnson


Edward Burtynsky


Vik Muniz, Pola Museum of Art (Water Lily Pond, after Claude Monet), Repro, 2016, Digital C-Print, Edition of 6, 40 x 41 inches 


Scott McFarland, Video, Edition of 3, 49 x 28 inches


Pablo Genovés, Chandelier, 2017, Pigment print, 39 x 48 inches 


Luc Courchesne, 2013/09/15 Thonon Les Bains, 2012, Digital print on archival paper, translucent acrylic disc and rotary device, Edition of 3, 10 x 10 inches


Alex McLeod, Iceberg, 2017, Chromogenic print, Edition of 3, 32 x 48 inches


Thomas Jackson, Tulle no.12, Stinson Beach, California, 2020, Archival pigment print,
Varied sizes and editions 


Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Keeping It Simple, Tuscany, Italy, 2016, Archival inkjet print, Edition of 7,
41 x 43 inches

International Women’s Day

History in the Making!

Happy International Women’s Day to all; a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We would like to take advantage of this day to showcase just a few of the incredible women artists who inspire us and our followers. Though the fight is certainly far from over, we applaud the strength of the women who have achieved such high levels of success despite the adversity they have faced.

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As always, if any artists are of interest, please do not hesitate to be in touch with us.

Nina Chanel Abney, Two Years and Counting, 2018, Relief print in colours, Edition of 35, 65 9/10 x 39 2/5 inches
Artemesia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, Oil on canvas, 38.8 x 29.6 inches (left), Hannah Wilke, S.O.S. Starification Object Series, Performalist Self Portrait with Les Wollam, 1974, Photograph, 42 1/4 x 29 3/8 inches
Beatriz Milhazes, Figo, 2007, Woodblock and screenprint, Edition of 30, 70 x 47 inches 
Alex Prager, Lois, 2009, Chromogenic print, 47 5/8 x 70 inches, Edition of 3 
Simone Leigh, Jug, 2019, Bronze, 84 1/2 x 49 3/5 inches

Polly Apfelbaum, Atomic Series, 2018, Monoprint

Lucy Sparrow, Nil By Mouth at 32, Felt, Acrylic, and Thread, Edition of 20, 23 x 20 x 5 inches 
Louise Nevelson, Wood sculpture, private collection
Joan Mitchell, Oil on canvas
Nadia Myre, [in]tangible tangles, 2021, Digital print, Edition of 7, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Sarah Anne Johnson, DTAW3, 2021, Pigment print with oil paint, 60 x 40 inches
Tracey Emin, I Know, I Know, I Know, Neon tube installation


Kara Walker, Fons Americanus, 2019, Tate Modern, London (left), Lynda Benglis, An Alphabet of Forms, 2021, Pace Gallery, New York