Alumnus Vaughn Spann among artnet's "6 Emerging Artists to Seek Out During Art Basel Miami Beach"

Vaughn Spann in front of one of his paintings at Half Gallery

Vaughn Spann has had a big year. Graduating from Yale in May, the 27-year-old Florida-born painter has already been included in a number of notable group shows, including exhibitions at Almine Rech Gallery in London, the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, and Night Gallery in LA. He just began working with Half Gallery, and opened his first ever solo show there, “Orange, Yellow, Purple, Blue Skies,” last week. It sold out within the first night.

Now, the artist is off to Miami. Spann’s work, which alternates between lush portraiture and mixed-material abstractions, will be included in Half’s NADA booth, curated by artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn; a group show at David Castillo Gallery titled “The Strangeness Will Wear Off”; and a Rubell Family Collection exhibition of newly acquired work (alongside Jonathan Lyndon Chase—another artist on our list). In January, he’ll inaugurate Titus Kaphar’s NXTHVN residency in New Haven.

—Taylor Dafoe