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10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week: March 11, 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.

RETNA, Good Ol’ Union Jack (2011)

Good Ol' Union Jack
RETNA
Artsy x Forum Auctions
Bids on this striking work by the American street artist RETNA are steadily pushing toward its $100,000 low estimate, well before the sale ends on March 18th. The piece is unusual in that it was painted on a metal sheet that was part of the floorboard of a World War II–era airliner. Featured in Artsy and Forum Auctions’s “Street Art and Beyond” sale, this unique work is a relatively early example of RETNA’s characteristic use of script.

Ambrose Murray, A Soft Refusal No. 3 (Gesture) (2021)

Stitched in velvet and embellished with lace and tulle, this lush textile work by Ambrose Murray is featured in ArtLeadHER’s Women’s History Month group show, “Truth About Me.” The exhibition showcases the works of 19 women and nonbinary artists exploring fundamental expressions of selfhood. Works by Murray were also recently included in “A stranger’s soul is a deep well,” a group show at New York’s Fridman Gallery that closed this past February.

Jammie Holmes, Untitled (Children of War) (2019)

The high demand for this painting by Jammie Holmes is reflective of the overall market enthusiasm for the Dallas-based artist. Earlier this week, Holmes’s 2020 canvas This Week’s Last Supper doubled its high estimate at auction, selling for more than $137,500 at a Christie’s post-war and contemporary sale and breaking the auction record for the artist’s work. This surging demand is made all the more remarkable given that Holmes’s work only started appearing on the secondary market this past December.

Dashiell Manley, The somethings (overture) (2021)

This work by Dashiell Manley, uploaded by Jessica Silverman Gallery as part of FIAC’s online viewing rooms, is part of a series by the artist that has been gathering interest on Artsy this past week. Painted as multi-dimensional objects, Manley’s layered and textural works were also recently featured as part of a solo show at Jessica Silverman Gallery in 2020 titled “Pastimes.”

DotPigeon, Oh C’Mon, Are You Seriously Still Talking?!? (2020)

The Italian artist DotPigeon is known for his cinematic, meta paintings depicting a balaclava-clad man (ostensibly the artist himself dressed as an intruder) in homes filled with blue-chip artworks. His works have been garnering marked attention on Artsy. This work from 2020, which features a living room with two paintings by , sold after receiving a number of inquiries and was one of just two works still available via PLAN X. Another 2020 painting, Glad To Bother You, remains available.

Mia Chaplin, Shoulders Drop (2020)

This painted vessel by the South African artist Mia Chaplin, which was recently exhibited in a two-person show at Cape Town’s WHATIFTHEWORLD, has been seeing a spike in demand. This increase can most likely be attributed to the work’s inclusion in one of three collections being rolled out on Artsy in celebration of Women’s History Month. Titled “Femininity through the Female Gaze,” this particular collection features women artists whose work “reflects on femininity without being defined by it.”

Deborah Roberts, A consequence of history (2020)

Uploaded by London’s Stephen Friedman Gallery, this collage by Deborah Roberts has received a flurry of inquiries. Originally created for a T Magazine feature on the contemporary social resonance of ’s work, A consequence of history is one of two pieces by Roberts inspired by Kruger’s work. Here, Roberts employs Kruger’s masterful use of language to highlight the way mass media others Black bodies and experiences.

Melike Kara, our sundays (2017)

Recently, there has been some renewed interest in this figurative painting by the Cologne-based artist Melike Kara. Uploaded by her Berlin gallery Peres Projects, the piece is one of a few works by Kara still available on Artsy. Just last week, a similar 2017 figurative work by Kara sold for $30,240—just over its high estimate—at Phillips.

Portia Zvavahera, Complete (2014)

This painting by the Zimbabwean artist Portia Zvavahera is likely to be a promising lot at Bonhams’s “Modern and Contemporary African Art” auction. Zvavahera made her second auction house appearance last October, with her 2019 canvas Arising from the Unknown, which sold for £163,800 ($212,339), more than double its high estimate of £60,000 ($77,779).

Richard Mosse, Tutsi Town (2010)

Tutsi Town
Richard Mosse
Artists in Support of Human Rights Watch Benefit Auction
Currently available through the “Artists in Support of Human Rights Watch” benefit auction, this photograph by Richard Mosse is expected to attract bids. Part of an edition of five (plus one artist proof), the photograph is from Mosse’s “Infra” series, his best-known body of work, which documents the fighters, inhabitants, and landscapes of the Eastern Congo between 2010 and 2011. The images from this series were all captured using a Kodak Aerochrome, which is what gives them their distinctive surreal hues, rendering greens into shades of magenta.
Shannon Lee
Beatrice Sapsford