Art Market

10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week: April 1, 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.

Rebecca Harper, Family Tree (Repetition rooted in that earlier grief) (diptych) (ca. 2020)

This large-scale diptych by the British artist Rebecca Harper is currently featured in Artsy’s “First Look: Women Artists to Watch” collection, which showcases women artists who are poised to reach new audiences in 2021. In this piece, Harper continues her practice of imbuing scenes from everyday life with a dreamlike quality, evoking notions of memory.

Austin Harris, A Flightless Bird Will Get Nowhere (2021)

Demand for this canvas by the American artist Austin Harris is soaring. The work is currently on view at Harris’s solo exhibition “What Are the Odds?” at London’s Ramp Gallery. Reflecting on the artist’s rural upbringing and the follies of masculinity, the exhibition marks Harris’s first solo show in the city.

Hilda Palafox, Nudo (2021)

After receiving a flurry of inquiries, this work by Hilda Palafox sold shortly after being uploaded to Artsy in mid-March by MAIA Contemporary. The Mexico City–based gallery recently exhibited a solo show of Palafox’s work, titled “Espacio Habitable.” The popularity of this particular work may be attributed to the fact that Palafox recently posted it to her Instagram.

Oh de Laval, Sex First, Oysters Later (2020)

Works by the Thai-Polish artist Oh de Laval have been receiving a substantial amount of interest on Artsy, largely due to her debut solo show at Unit London, titled “Wild Things Happen in Stillness.” This 2020 work is one of many that have sold at the Unit London exhibition. The self-taught artist first rose to prominence via Instagram, where her provocative and humorous paintings caught the attention of American pop singer Kali Uchis, who commissioned de Laval to create a cover for her 2020 EP To Feel Alive.

Aboudia, Sans Titre (2016)

Over the past few years, works by the Ivorian artist Aboudia have consistently hit the ball out of the park when it comes to auction predictions, often achieving anywhere between two and four times their high estimates. Nine of Aboudia’s top 10 auction records were set in the last month alone. That in mind, it comes as little surprise that this 2016 work by the artist has been attracting a significant amount of inquiries in recent weeks.

Matthew Wong, End of the Day (2017)

Following the skyrocketing posthumous demand for Matthew Wong’s work, this 2017 canvas by the artist has been seeing a flurry of inquiries. Since passing away in 2019, Wong’s market has been subject to some aggressive flipping, with works flooding the secondary market. Last June, Wong’s 2018 canvas The Realm of Appearances sold for 22 times its high estimate for a whopping $1.8 million, setting an auction record for the artist. This work, however, was uploaded this past February by Wong’s New York gallery, Karma.

Ruba Salameh, Diner (2020)

This work by the Palestinian artist Ruba Salameh has received a number of inquiries. Part of ArteEast’s “Legacy Trilogy,” a three-part fundraising exhibition highlighting contemporary artists from the Middle East and North Africa, the painting is a metaphor for Palestine. “The ants’ indigenous existence amongst a group of geometrical shapes in an artwork can be seen as a form of resistance,” Salameh explained. She was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at Zawyeh Gallery in Dubai.

Refik Anadol, ISS Dreams A (2020)

It isn’t often that a video work sees strong market interest. However, this silent video by the Turkish artist Refik Anadol has been attracting significant demand since being uploaded to Artsy by bitforms gallery in early March. Part of an edition of five (plus two artist proofs), the work is part of Anadol’s series “Machine Hallucinations: ISS Dreams,” in which the artist combines 1.2 million images captured from the International Space Stations (ISS) with additional satellite images of Earth’s topology using machine learning software.

Todd James, Too Amped to Stop (2010)

Too Amped to Stop
Todd James
Heritage Auctions
This unique work by the American street artist Todd James is currently available at Heritage Auctions’s “Urban Art” sale, where it is one of the higher-value lots. Known for his ability to deftly bridge the worlds of graffiti, fine art, and commercial art, James entered the street art scene in the 1980s at the age of 17 under the name REAS. Since then, he has designed album artwork and logos for hip-hop icons, including the Beastie Boys, Eminem, and Mobb Deep.

David Shrigley, Animals Series (four works): You Are Too Close, Some of My Best Friends Are Pigs, I Will Not Fight, He Will Only Eat Squid Ink Pasta (2020)

At Artsy and Capsule Auctions’s “Collecting Contemporary” sale, this set of David Shrigley lithographs has already surpassed its low estimate of $1,000. The four prints included in the set are from an open edition of Shrigley’s animal series, which pairs the British artist’s cartoonish renderings of animals with his characteristically poignant, humorous captions.
Shannon Lee
Beatrice Sapsford