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10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week

In this new weekly series, Artsy’s Curatorial team offers a look at the artworks that are currently gaining traction among collectors on Artsy. Looking at our internal data, we offer a selection of works that Artsy members are engaging with through inquiries, bids, page views, and saves. Ranging from large paintings by rising young talents to works on paper by established artists, the following pieces are culled from recent online auctions and art fairs hosted on Artsy, as well as exhibitions and works added by our gallery partners.

Secundino Hernández, Untitled (2020)

This new painting by the Madrid-based painter is currently being shown by Galerie Krinzinger at the first online-only edition of ARCOLisboa. The artist is also currently featured in a solo show at the gallery in Vienna.
Hernández, who also shows with Victoria Miro in London, has been attracting collectors’ interest for his bold, gestural canvases over the past decade. While his style recalls of the 20th century, he often finds inspiration in the work of his Spanish forebears, such as , , and .

Jordan Nassar, Joy (2020)

Joy
Jordan Nassar
Joy, 2020
Planned Parenthood Spring into Action: Benefit Auction 2020
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The rising New York–based artist has recently gained esteem for his elegant, embroidered landscapes that incorporate patterns from traditional Palestinian embroidery. This Nassar piece, currently featured in Planned Parenthood’s online benefit auction, is gaining bids and saves on Artsy ahead of the auction’s June 19th closing date. Nassar, who shows with James Cohan and had a solo museum exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv last year, was featured in the 2019 edition of The Artsy Vanguard.

Stephen Ormandy, The Conversation (2020)

Artsy collectors have recently been saving this work by , an Australian artist who creates bold, graphic canvases in vivid hues. The piece recently made its debut with Galerie Bessières at Art Paris’s online-only edition, which closes on June 20th. It’s also included in Artsy’s recent Fresh from the Studio collection, launched last Wednesday. In addition to his own art practice, the Sydney-based Ormandy is also well known for being one half of Dinosaur Designs, which he runs with his partner Louise Olsen.

Robert Nava, Serpent from the Garden (2018)

Yale MFA grad has been recognized as a promising young painter in recent months by several publications including Hypebeast and GQ. Nava is best known for depicting mythological creatures and monsters in bold, gestural scrawls. This crayon-and-pencil drawing will be featured in an upcoming online-exclusive show at House of Fine Art Gallery titled “Myth-Making.”

Dennis Osadebe, Saviour of the World (2020)

This canvas by was featured in the artist’s solo show at Christopher Moller gallery in Cape Town earlier this year. The piece has gained attention recently, while Osadebe is also featured in a duo show at GR Gallery in New York, which has sold out. The Nigerian mixed-media artist works in a recognizable style he refers to as a “vibrant post-pop.” In response to the reductive use of the phrase “African art,” Osadebe coined the term “Neo-Africa.”

Diedrick Brackens, nuclear lovers (2020)

The Los Angeles–based artist has developed a following for his striking tapestries, woven with figures that reflect on Black and queer identity. Brackens was due to have a solo show at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York this spring, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This piece was uploaded to Artsy by his other gallery, Various Small Fires, which included the piece in a group show that closes in July. A major career milestone came for Brackens in 2019, when he unveiled his first institutional solo show at the New Museum.

Chase Hall, Running from yesterday’s acquittal (2020)

In the wake of the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the young, Black man who was murdered while going for a run in late February, shared this moving piece on his Instagram with a message dedicated to the 25-year-old. Across his paintings and sculpture practice, Hall examines the history of racism in the United States. In 2019, he was featured in the two-person exhibition “Then & Now: Chase Hall and Cameron Welch” at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, curated by Antwaun Sargeant.

Katherine Bernhardt, Untitled (2019)

Untitled
Katherine Bernhardt
Untitled, 2019
BAM Benefit Auction
has garnered a fresh wave of interest in 2020. This watercolor, featuring one of her recurring subjects, the Pink Panther, was featured in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s online benefit auction and sold for its presale estimate of $10,000. The Brooklyn-based artist is famed for her large-scale depictions of everyday items, as well as nostalgic cartoon characters; her most recent body of work, which was featured at Canada gallery in New York, features E.T. Bernhardt is also represented by Xavier Hufkens and Carl Freedman Gallery. During the COVID-19 crisis, Bernhardt has been in quarantine in Guatemala, where she’s been working and even painted an outdoor mural.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, SAMO

SAMO
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Capsule Gallery Auction
This piece by was a star lot at the sale Capsule Gallery Auction: Modern, Post War & Contemporary Art. A tarp with “SAMO” written across it, this was the first time the artist’s graffiti tag entered the market. The SAMO tag, a contraction of “same old shit,” was created by Basquiat and fellow artist Al Diaz when the pair were still in their teens, as an expression of angst. The tarp previously hung in artist ’s SoHo home in New York, separating his living space and studio. Basquiat added the tag one day when he went to the home to crash on the family sofa, at the invitation of Edvins’s son Vincent. While Edvins angrily removed the tarp and replaced it with fresh one, Vincent kept a portion of the tagged tarp. The piece was included in the Capsule auction together with a number of works by Strautmanis. The piece sold for $71,875, nearly three times the high estimate of $25,000.

Cy Twombly, Flowers (1960/70)

This pastel-and-graphite drawing by was among the top lots at the Finarte auction on Artsy, which closed on May 28th. The piece sold with a hammer price of more than €62,259 ($68,385), over six times the high estimate. While Twombly is acclaimed for his abstract canvases filled with scribbles and scrawls, the flower is a motif he returned to throughout his career, in drawings, paintings, and photography.
Beatrice Sapsford