Matthew Barney (American) (Born in 1967) who attended Yale University where he received his B.A in 1989. He is best known for his "Cremaster" film series, which combines meticulous iconography with ornate costumes and settings to create heroic performances. Barney's first exhibition was held at the Paine Whitney Gymnasium at Yale University in 1989, and he has since exhibited and performed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery in London, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris and the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Barney was awarded the "Europa 2000" prize at the Venice Biennale in 1993. He currently lives and works in New York. His works are usually rated between $ 40,000 and 100,000.
Georg Baselitz (German) (Born in 1938) who was born in Saxony as Hans-Georg Kern. He changed his name to Georg Baselitz at 20 and studied with Peter Graf and A.R Penck at the Hochschule für bildende und Angewandte Künst in East Berlin before going to West Berlin where he frequented the Hochschule für bildende und Künste. Baselitz has participated in the 1972 and 1982 Documenta and the 1980 and 1993 Venice Biennale. Major retrospectives of his work were recently held at the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Sculpture garden, Washington D.C, the National Galerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Georg Baselitz lives and works in Derneburg, Germany and Imperia, Italy.
His works are rated between $ 50,000 and $ 1 million.
Jean-Michel Basquiat (Haitian-American) (1960-1988) who attended the City-as-School alternative High School in New York and exhibited publicly for the first time in the acclaimed "Times Square Show" in 1980. Two years later, he was the youngest artist invited to participate in Documenta and in 1983 he took part in the Whitney Biennial. Andy Warhol was particularly influential to the young artist, and by 1985 they had become friends and even collaborators on a number of paintings. A major retrospective of Basquiat's work was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 1992, travelling to the Menil Collection, Houston, the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama. He died of a drug overdose at 28.
His works are rated between $ 200,000 and 1,3 million.
John Currin (American) (Born in 1962) who received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. With the recent re-emergence of figurative painting, Currin's portraits and nudes have received widespread critical acclaim. He participated in the 1993 Venice Biennale and was included in a 1997 Projects exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and the Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain in Limousin, France. His work is included in public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal. John Currin lives and works in New York.
His works are rated between $ 30,000 and 120,000.