As 2024 kicks off, Artsy spoke with 15 leading curators to get their take on what to expect. Several suggested that the art world will feel the impact of the current sociopolitical climate internationally—especially as global conflicts continue and the U.S. enters its 2024 election cycle. Curators Folakunle Oshun and Ed Schad predicted that the backdrop of violence and divisiveness worldwide would generate politically urgent art.
Meanwhile, most curators noted a growing emphasis on environmental and social justice, particularly as seen through the eyes of female and Indigenous artists, who are often at the center of these critical discussions. This demographic shift reflects a broader interest in artworks that engage with contemporary global challenges, and take a bold, activist approach.
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