10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week: March 4, 2021
In this weekly series, Artsy’s Curatorial and Editorial teams offer a look at the artworks that are currently gaining traction among collectors on Artsy. Looking at our internal data, we share a selection of works that Artsy members are engaging with through inquiries, page views, and saves, plus promising lots in current auctions. 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.
Reggie Burrows Hodges, In the Service of Others (2019)
Last week, Reggie Burrows Hodges’s 2021 painting Pace House (Self Portrait) sold for well above its $18,000 high estimate at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA)’s annual “Art You Love” benefit auction on Artsy. Following suit, demand for this 2019 work by Hodges, part of this year’s Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary and Art Wynwood’s Art Miami fair, has been through the roof. Hodges recently opened his first New York solo exhibition at Karma and will be the subject of a solo show at the CMCA in 2022.
Alma Thomas, Forecast of Spring (1967)
With the first day of spring just around the corner, this celebratory work by the pioneering abstractionist Alma Thomas has been receiving a significant number of inquiries. Uploaded as part of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery’s group show “Distinctive/Instinctive: Postwar Abstract Painting,” the work is emblematic of Thomas’s joyous application of color. Her work was also recently discussed in an Artsy Editorial feature highlighting the history and importance of Black abstractionists. In 1972, at the age of 80, Thomas made history when she became the first Black woman to receive a solo show at the Whitney.
Matthew Wong, End of the Day (2017)
This past December, Artsy featured the late Matthew Wong among the most influential artists of 2020. Having passed away in 2019 at the age of 35 just as his career was beginning to ascend, Wong became an overnight market sensation, with collectors quickly taking the opportunity to flip his work at auction. Over the course of the year, Wong’s work went from selling for $62,500 (already four times its high estimate) at a May Sotheby’s auction to an astonishing $4.8 million by December at a Phillips and Poly Auction sale. This work by Matthew Wong, uploaded by Karma for FIAC’s online viewing rooms, presents a rare opportunity to purchase a work by the artist outside of a bidding frenzy and directly from his gallery.
Shaina McCoy, That’s Candy’s Sister Cherisa (2019)
Uploaded by Simchowitz Gallery in early February, this pastel-hued painting by Shaina McCoy has been popular with Artsy users this past week. Since graduating from Minneapolis Community and Technical College in 2018, McCoy has quickly seen her star rise, culminating in solo exhibitions at San Francisco’s Ever Gold [Projects] and at François Ghebaly in the past two years. Most recently, McCoy was invited to collaborate with the famed streetwear brand Kith on a capsule collection celebrating Black History Month.
Kerry James Marshall, Souvenir 1 (2017)
This screen-printed pillow sham by the canonical Kerry James Marshall was originally part of a sold-out edition released by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2017, when it almost immediately sold out. On offer through EHC Fine Art’s “Essential Editions XVI” sale, the work has only become more sought after. With the auction closing on March 10th, the work is poised to reach its estimate.
Dana Schutz, Chess (2008)
At Artsy’s third “Art Keeps Nonprofits Going” benefit auction, bids on this print by Dana Schutz are steadily approaching the work’s $5,000 estimate. Proceeds from this sale will go towards Independent Curators International, an organization supporting the work of curators around the world, making it a great opportunity to support the arts industry through COVID-19.
Jenny Holzer, I Do Not Hear Your Hand (2001)
This photograph of one of Jenny Holzer’s poetic “truisms” projected onto a Venice building and canal has already surpassed its low estimate at Artsy and Tate Ward’s “Leading Contemporary” sale. With days still left to go before the auction ends, it’s likely that bids on the work will continue to pour in. Part of an edition of 10, the photograph documents the more ephemeral part of Holzer’s practice and represents one of the artist’s earlier iterations of her site-specific projections.
David Shrobe, Earthbound (2020)
Part of a benefit auction supporting the Children’s Museum of Art in New York, this work on paper by David Shrobe has breezed past its estimate, well ahead of the close of the auction on March 11th. Known for his assemblage-style approach to portraiture combining found materials excavated from his Harlem neighborhood and beyond to create complex collages, this past summer, Shrobe mounted a solo show with Los Angeles’s Steve Turner Gallery. His work was also recently included in the group exhibition “Parallels and Peripheries: Fractals and Fragments” at Rome’s Galeria Anna Mara. Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, the exhibition also featured works by Kim Dacres, Nate Lewis, and Basil Kincaid, among others.
Eddie Martinez, Untitled (2021)
Another work currently available through the Children’s Museum of Art benefit auction is this unique work by the infinitely popular Eddie Martinez. Bids on this work have already far surpassed its $21,000 estimate. A similarly sized canvas by Martinez painted this year also surfaced at Phillips’s most recent “New Now” auction, where it had a comparable estimate of $18,000 to $22,000 and sold for $69,300.
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Adam and Steve joined by the knee, a study (2016)
Expectations are high for this study by the Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, on sale in Bonhams’s “Modern & Contemporary African Art” auction. Part of an emerging movement of Black figurative painters, Hwami creates subtly surreal works that are intimate reflections of her family and upbringing in South Africa. This past December, Hwami joined Victoria Miro’s artist roster.