Pierre Huyghe

Cerebral conceptual artist

From being one of a number of artists engaged, during the late 1990s and early 2000s, with structuring art as a series of incomplete, ever-morphing group-authored proposals, Pierre Huyghe increasingly looks like the leading artist dealing with the nascent Anthropocene, fashioning poetic, uneasily beautiful fusions of human and animal, nature and culture via tanks of hermit crabs and biotopes, dogs and bees let loose in galleries, and increasingly unforgettable videos (eg the young girl who turns out to be a masked macaque monkey in a Tokyo restaurant in the Fukushima disaster-referencing Human Mask, 2014). This year, the winner of the 2015 Kurt Schwitters Prize picked up the 2017 Nasher Prize for Sculpture, was a mainstay of Manifesta 11 and various biennials, and had a major solo at Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo. Now based in Santiago, Chile, he’s currently flying somewhat under the radar; one can expect, though, that things are evolving in Huyghe’s lab.