Art Market

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.

Eddie Martinez, Albatross (2013)

Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez has been gaining traction with collectors these past few weeks, as the number of inquiries on his works has steadily grown. Martinez was recently featured in an Artsy Editorial piece highlighting his increasing market demand—he has had a series of institutional shows and high activity in the primary market, which has sent demand soaring for his works through the secondary market. This particular work received a flurry of inquiries days after it was added to Artsy by Los Angeles–based Kohn Gallery.

Peter Halley, Lost Illusions (2020)

This work by Peter Halley, who rose to fame in the 1980s as part of the movement, garnered particular attention shortly after Maruani Mercier Gallery uploaded it to Artsy. The piece is featured in “New Works,” the gallery’s latest solo show of the artist’s work. Halley’s work has long been critically acclaimed and featured in prominent institutions such as Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Varnette Honeywood, Family Time (1984)

American painter Varnette Honeywood once said that she depicts “visual statements of Black lifestyles on canvas.” This particular piece uploaded by Eric Firestone Gallery received notable attention in the past week. Honeywood passed away in 2010, and she is now beginning to receive art market attention. The artist’s work was shown by Eric Firestone this year at The Armory Show and in Frieze New York’s online viewing room.

Simphiwe Ndzube, Portrait of Nogalelekile (2020)

London-based Ramp Gallery’s show “The Pearl,” which closed on August 13th, featured works by emerging and early-career artists exploring the notion of the human soul. This piece by South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube was included in the show and received particular attention from Artsy collectors this past week. Ndzube creates many of his works by bringing together everyday objects with paint and other media to create a subjective portrayal of the Black experience in post-apartheid South Africa, while also taking inspiration from mythology.

Doron Langberg, Resting (Self-Portrait) II (2019)

This work by Isareli artist Doron Langberg was featured in Anna Zorina Gallery’s latest show, “SIT STILL: Self-Portraits in the Age of Distraction.” Curated by artists and , the group exhibition focuses on self-expression through self-portraiture. Langberg’s painting was a standout piece in the show, receiving several inquiries this week. Langberg is known for exploring the themes of sexuality and gender through his bright, vivid paintings.

Austyn Weiner, We Need This Space (2020)

We Need This Space
Austyn Weiner
The Glass House: Benefit Auction 2020
Los Angeles–based multimedia artist Austyn Weiner’s work explores the theme of chaos. Finding available works by Weiner online can be difficult, likely explaining why this particular work, up for sale in “The Glass House: Benefit Auction 2020” on Artsy, was particularly popular with a high amount of bidding activity well before the sale’s close. Weiner’s work is celebrated among the fashion world; she recently collaborated with Paris fashion brand Each X Other.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1981)

This marker-on-paper piece by the beloved Jean-Michel Basquiat was uploaded by Rosenfeld Gallery LLC and received a high number of inquiries this past week, continuing a recent trend on Artsy. Works by Basquiat are always sought after, but there has been an increased demand for his work as of late. In response to the closure of museums nationwide, New York’s Brant Foundation recently released a highly popular VR exhibition of the artist’s work following a physical show in 2019.

Frank Auerbach, Primrose Hill #17 (ca. 1980)

Primrose Hill #17
Frank Auerbach
Bernard Jacobson Gallery Auction
This piece by British painter Frank Auerbach was subject to a flurry of bidding activity on Artsy in the recent auction “Bernard Jacobson Gallery: From Mod Brit to Ab-Ex.” The work ultimately sold above the high estimate of $12,000. Auerbach is best known for his works which use a thick technique. However, this piece—a simple pen-on-paper work—gave collectors an opportunity to own a work by the artist at a more accessible price point.

Linn Meyers, untitled (2020)

Linn Meyers
untitled, 2020
Washington Project for the Arts Benefit Auction
Linn Meyers is best known for her highly meticulous drawings that explore the possibilities of hand-drawn lines. Meyers creates both monumental site-specific drawings as well as smaller, more intimate pieces. This particular work featured in the sale “Washington Project for the Arts: HIGH FREQUENCY Benefit Auction 2020” on Artsy, and is a relatively small-scale piece in her body of work. The piece received a high amount of interest ahead of the sale and during the run-up to the sale’s close.

Takesada Matsutani, Mouvement (1987)

Takesada Matsutani’s works are best recognized for their use of glue as a primary medium, which he manipulates with air to create bulbous forms on canvas. This work was recently uploaded by Japan Art - Galerie Friedrich Mueller. Shortly after it was added to Artsy, the work received a number of inquiries from collectors interested in the piece. Matsutani also performed well at the recent Christie’s auctions, indicating sustained market interest in his work.
Beatrice Sapsford