Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Our Critics' Tips for the Top in 2005; THE ONES TO WATCH (2)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Our Critics' Tips for the Top in 2005; THE ONES TO WATCH (2)

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TOBY ZIEGLER The work of 32-year-old, Southwark-based Ziegler was one of the highlights of the Royal Academy's recent show of new art, Expander. His painted renditions of computergenerated images of landscapes, applied to Scotchbrite, a shiny, synthetic fabric used for workwear, instead of canvas, are oddly inviting windows into an apparently clean and perfectly ordered world. His first major solo show, Enter Desire at the Chisenhale Gallery, E3, in February will excite critics and collectors still further.

RAQIB SHAW Like Chris Ofili, his stablemate at the Victoria Miro Gallery, Shaw is as much a fabricator as a painter, constructing beautifully seductive, enamelled and jewel-encrusted paintings of fantastical mythological scenes whose aesthetic draws on his upbringing in Kashmir among carpet-makers and jewellers.

After a sell-out solo show in London in 2004, Shaw, 29, and a Royal College of Art graduate, will be showing in New York this year and is likely to add an international dimension to his impressive London reputation.

JUSTIN COOMBES Ruskin and Goldsmiths graduate Justin Coombes, 27, exemplifies the trend of young artists focusing on the theatrical, the aesthetic and the symbolic. His staged photographs echo the work of Americans Gregory Crewdson and Jeff Wall while recalling the richness of post-war British art in their layered literary and cultural references. A solo show of his most ambitious project to date, Bacchanalia, is scheduled for late 2005 and should bring his work to wider attention.

WORLD TINARIWEN The Touareg rockers from the Sahara have made an impact with their electric desert blues. Their music was forged in refugee camps in Gaddafi's Libya, but now, back home in Mali, they are the local stars at the extraordinary annual Festival in the Desert.

Wrapped in swathes of blue material they'll be stunning audiences across the UK next year.

CHANGO SPASIUK From Argentina, Chango Spasiuk plays a little-known accordion-led music called chamame, a country cousin to tango that echoes the intermingling of native Amerindians with waves of settlers, including Spasiuk's Ukrainian ancestors. With his long hair, rakish good looks and accomplished band, he has recorded a masterful CD, The Charm of Chamame (Weltwunder), and we're sure to be hearing more from him.

OKNA TSAHAN ZAM He comes from Kalmykia, an obscure Russian Republic, and he's never been to Britain. But his Shaman Voices CD (Buda) is extraordinary, combining guitars, throat singing, electronics, horses and natural sounds of the steppes.

This descendent of Genghis Khan will be here soon.


ESKA MTUNGWAZI Born in Zimbabwe, this underground star is the most talented singersongwriter around. …

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