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10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week: April 29, 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.

Josh Sperling, Marfa Squiggle Wall (ca. 2020)

A featured work in our online presentation of Marfa Invitational, this three-dimensional wall piece by Josh Sperling is seeing skyrocketing demand. The work is part of Bill Brady Gallery’s highly sought-after presentation of Sperling’s work at the Texas art fair, which was postponed from April 2020 to this year due to COVID-19.

Jonathan Gardner, The Island (2020)

With summer soon approaching, this work by the New York–based artist Jonathan Gardner has received a number of inquiries. The painting is currently on view in a solo show of Gardner’s work at Jason Haam’s gallery in Seoul. Titled “Horizon,” the exhibition is Gardner’s first time showing in Asia.

George Rouy, Looking at Me Through Gaps of Her Toes (2019)

This painting by the British artist George Rouy presents a rare opportunity to collect a work by the artist on Artsy. Currently the only work available by Rouy on the platform, it has inspired a flurry of inquiries from collectors eager to obtain a work by the up-and-coming artist. Rouy’s work is currently included in group exhibitions in New York at Timothy Taylor and Almine Rech.

Angela Heisch, Green Haze In Spring (2020)

Alongside her nature-inspired paintings, Angela Heisch often creates an equally lush version of the work in pastel. This drawing, which has now sold and is part of Pippy Houldsworth Gallery’s presentation in Artsy’s “Newly Represented” show, is a prime example of how the New York–based artist translates her canvases to drawings on paper.

Nelson Makamo, FORTITUDE (2021)

This portrait by the South African artist Nelson Makamo is currently being shown as part of the artist’s solo exhibition at Makasiini Contemporary, where it is currently on hold. Titled FORTITUDE, the mixed-media canvas is the exhibition’s titular work and is a stunning demonstration of Makamo’s ability to capture nuanced expressions in his portraits of children.

Tala Madani, Roller Coaster (2021)

Roller Coaster
Tala Madani
USA for UNHCR Benefit Auction
The “USA for UNHCR: Art and Resilience Benefit Auction 2021” sale ends at 12 p.m. EDT on April 30th, making this a final chance to bid on this comical work by the Iranian-American artist Tala Madani. The painting is a prime example of the artist’s work. Just last year, Madani had a breakout moment in the secondary market.

Aboudia, Noutchy Graffiti (2018)

At Bonhams’s “Modern & Contemporary African Art” sale, this painting by the Ivorian artist Aboudia is likely to perform well. This spring auction season, Aboudia has seen sensational market demand, with works consistently skyrocketing past their estimates. This particular painting gets its title from the hybrid French-Ivorian dialect spoken by Ivorian street children. It also happens to be the name of Aboudia’s dog.

Irma Stern, Zulu Girl with Cocks (1954)

This painting by the South African modernist painter Irma Stern is likely one of two works bearing similar titles and subject matter, one of which was included in the 1957 São Paulo Biennial. Either way, this colorful painting is currently included at Bonhams’s “Modern & Contemporary African Art” sale, where it is expected to do well. Stern is renowned as one of a handful of women artists of her generation to achieve international recognition within her lifetime.

Sarah Cain, $ talisman (2019)

$ talisman
Sarah Cain
MOCA Cleveland Benefit Auction
At this year’s benefit auction for moCa Cleveland, this Sarah Cain painting rendered on a dollar bill is seeing its price skyrocket. The auction doesn’t close until May 4th, and bids on the work have already pushed it far past its $2,800 estimate. The work is part of Cain’s ongoing “talisman” series, in which she paints directly onto dollar bills with acrylic paint—a practice that she began in 2008.

Bridget Riley, Elongated Triangles 4 (1971)

This Bridget Riley print is already squarely within its $4,000 to $6,000 estimate range, with ample time left to bid at Hindman’s “Prints and Multiples” sale. Other versions of this print have sold for as much as $13,000 in the past year, which means collectors can anticipate that demand for this work to continue to climb.
Shannon Lee
Beatrice Sapsford