5 Up-and-Coming Artists to Help You Ring in the New Year

Did 2016 race by and you forgot to make New Year’s Eve plans? Not to worry, fellow procrastinators, for there is still ample time to put on your party planning hat and throw together a showstopper of a night. Take some inspiration from a few of the under-the-radar artists we’ve highlighted below—names we suspect you’ll be hearing more of in 2017. From the decorations to the guest list, from the menu to the entertainment, the art world had got your back for a great send off!

Malcolm Liepke, Party Hat (2014). Courtesy of Nikola Rukaj Gallery.

Malcolm Liepke, Party Hat (2014). Courtesy of Nikola Rukaj Gallery.

Malcolm Liepke

First things first, make sure you have a suitable guest list. You want to include a healthy mix of your most rowdy friends with a few of the more responsible ones to keep everyone in line. In Malcolm Liepke’s painting “Party Hat,” take a cue for the former. She’s the pal who made it until the end of the night, and yes, she is exhausted, but that’s how you should be after an epic party.

Lisa Jereszi, Disco Ball in cardboard box, Conn. (2008). Courtesy of Yancey Richardson.

Lisa Jereszi, Disco Ball in cardboard box, Conn. (2008). Courtesy of Yancey Richardson.

Lisa Kereszi

Time to break out those old boxes and make sure you put up something in the way of party decorations. This is an all-out night, so be sure to have at least one signature piece like the disco ball as seen in Lisa Kereszi’s moody photograph. Disco is not dead, although it may be a bit dusty and in need of some polish. Get it sparkling and glamorous before your guests arrive!

Glennray Tutor, FIREWORKS FLORAL (WITH BROKEN DR. PEPPER) (2016). Courtesy of Greg Thompson Fine Art.

Glennray Tutor, FIREWORKS FLORAL (WITH BROKEN DR. PEPPER) (2016). Courtesy of Greg Thompson Fine Art.

Glennray Tutor

Next to cross off your to-do list: entertainment. Whether your version consists of live music, a performance, or something a little more risqué, fireworks will add that blast your party needs. As seen in Glennray Tutor’s photorealistic painting “Fireworks Floral (With Broken Dr. Pepper),” your first doesn’t have to be huge to be effective. In fact, the bouquet featured here fits in a soda bottle—just make sure your guest don’t mistake this as a harmfuless decoration.

Bruce Makowsky, Champagne Wishes (2015). Courtesy of Guy Hepner.

Bruce Makowsky, Champagne Wishes (2015). Courtesy of Guy Hepner.

Bruce Makowsky

Arguably the most important ingredient to your New Year’s Eve party success is alcohol. Make sure when shopping for liquor you pick up an extra case or two to ensure your party doesn’t run dry. If only you could pull off a level of presentation similar to Bruce Makowsky’s sculpture “Champagne Wishes.” We love the jovial portrayal of the champagne bottles as fire extinguishers, ready to tackle any potential party emergencies. Just make sure you don’t have to break any glass to access your secret stash.

Tyler Shields, Champagne (Spencer) (2012). Courtesy of Guy Hepner.

Tyler Shields, Champagne (Spencer) (2012). Courtesy of Guy Hepner.

Tyler Shields

Now that your party is in full swing and midnight is quickly approaching, make sure to ring in the New Year with your sweetheart—or your new best friend! A New Year’s kiss is the perfect end to 2016 and hopefully a great party. Looking to Tyler Shields’s photograph “Champagne (Spencer)” for hope for inspiration for the coming festivities! We wish you this New Year’s is as raucous a night as this couple’s!

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