The Venice Biennale is usually a place where you go to find up-and-coming artists about to hit it big, but this year’s edition garnered headlines for another reason: the unusual makeup of its artist list.
Roughly 90 percent of the people included in the main show were women or gender nonconforming. In addition, some 95 of the 213 artists included were no longer alive; the earliest-born of them, Maria Sibylla Merian, died back in 1717.
While there were also emerging artists to see, the Biennale provided a large helping of artists whose work is getting long overdue recognition.
The term “rediscovery” is often slapped on artists such as these, but as this Biennale pointed out, that label is often incorrect, as many of the dead artists included here were well-connected during their day and were even part of well-known avant-gardes like Surrealism and Dada. Whatever their status may truly be, these artists are an example of under-recognized talents getting their due and an affirmation that this trend, which can be seen in institutions across the globe, is very much alive.
Below is a look at 10 under-recognized artists who got their due this year.