10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week
In this 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. 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.
Angel Otero, Willow of Mine (2020)
This painting by Puerto Rican visual artist Angel Otero received a surge of sales inquiries this week after it was uploaded by Chicago gallery Kavi Gupta. Otero is known for his dynamic abstract works filled with expressive forms and gestural brushstrokes. As is the case with this work, his canvases are often layered with dried sheets of oil paint, called “oil paint skins.”
Jesse Mockrin, Plague (2020)
The Los Angeles–based painter Jesse Mockrin is currently featured in Berlin gallery Rolando Anselmi’s group show “Endless Lows, Breaking High,” presented in collaboration with fellow Berlin gallery Klemm’s. This painting, Plague (2020)—which she created during the pandemic—received a high number of inquiries this past week. Mockrin, who shows with Night Gallery in Los Angeles and Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York, is known for her deft, contemporary interpretations of art-historical tropes. She was recently commissioned by Vogue to paint a portrait of singer Billie Eilish in the style of Caravaggio.
Ethan Cook, Untitled (2020)
New York–based artist Ethan Cook has received increased attention lately after this particular work was uploaded to Artsy by Seoul-based gallery Gana Art. Cook paints minimalist abstract paintings made up of contrasting blocks of color, on canvases that he weaves by hand on a floor loom. The artist draws inspiration from pioneers of minimalism, such as Josef Albers and Mark Rothko.
Josh Sperling, Friend (2018)
This week saw an increased interest in works by American artist Josh Sperling, in particular this mirror piece uploaded by John Wolf Art Advisory & Brokerage. Sperling, who shows with Perrotin, is known for his colorful, squiggle-shaped canvases. Recently, Sperling contributed to Library Street Collective’s benefit platform Alliance, which auctions off works and donates the funds to charitable organizations of the artist’s choosing.
Mandy El-Sayegh, Net-Grid (Jehova 2) (2019)
This particular piece by London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh, uploaded to Artsy by Andersen’s gallery, saw increased interest this past week. Working in a variety of media, El-Sayegh has a process-driven practice; she examines the machinations of systems of order. The artist, who also shows with Lehmann Maupin, had her first solo institutional show last year at London’s Chisenhale gallery.
Hernan Bas, The Revelation in the Rambles (2020)
This work by figurative painter Hernan Bas, which was uploaded to Artsy by Harper’s Books, received increased attention this week. The artwork itself was featured in the gallery’s Instagram post promoting the opening of its show “The Circus has been Cancelled.” Bas was also included in Artsy’s Pride Month feature, “14 Artists Portraying Queer Love,” this past June. Bas, who shows with Lehmann Maupin and Perrotin, often portrays his subjects in lush environments during moments of self-exploration.
Josef Albers, Gray Instrumentation Ib; Ii; and Ij, from Gray Instrumentation I portfolio (1974)
Works by Josef Albers have received increased interest as of late, including this particularly popular piece by the famed artist that featured in Phillips’s most recent “Evening & Day Editions” sale. The piece sold for well above the high estimate, with a flurry of bidding activity from potential buyers eager to own the artist’s iconic squares.
Ernesto Neto, Once in Love (2010)
Another star lot from Phillips’s “Evening & Day Editions” sale, this work by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto was subject to a bidding war, with the lot ultimately selling for well above its high estimate. The artist is best known for his large-scale, woven installations, so this particular lot offered an opportunity for collectors to own a more manageably sized piece by the artist.
KAWS, WHAT PARTY (2020)
The prolific street artist KAWS has gained worldwide fame for his pop aesthetic, which he channels into sculptures, murals, paintings, and his iconic “Companion” toys. This piece was added to Artsy at the end of July and received a surge in inquiries soon after it was uploaded by Vernissage Art Advisory. KAWS is part of the recently launched Rockefeller Center Flag Project, which features flags designed by local residents and well-known artists at the iconic New York City plaza.
Burt Van Deusen, Squall (2020)
This work by scenic artist Burt Van Deusen, which featured in the Artsy-exclusive sale “LongHouse Shares: Benefit Auction 2020,” received high interest ahead of the sale. Strong bidding activity drove the lot to surpass its high estimate several days before the auction closed on July 30th. The relatively unknown artist, best known for his cloudscape paintings, had exhibitions at Chelsea’s Blue Mountain Gallery in 2011 and 2014.