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.
Daniel Arsham, Eroded Telephone (2020)
Days after U Square uploaded this Daniel Arsham work to Artsy, several inquiries were placed on the piece. This particular work is one of an edition of 250, and is part of a series of art objects that Arsham created in collaboration with Christian Dior earlier this year. This piece is a reimagination of the Dior office telephone and is made from hydrostone and quartz crystal.
Oh de Laval, A boy who loved to play with fire and she was his perfect match (2020)
Whenever available works by Polish artist Oh de Laval are listed on the Artsy platform, a surge of sales inquiries follow. This particular piece, which features in Galerie Droste’s upcoming exhibition “Watch List Group Show,” is typical of her work, which often portrays playful erotic scenes imbued with a surreal quality.
Kurumi Kotani, Clear (2020)
Kurumi Kotani’s large-scale canvases are featured in Dopeness Art Lab’s current show “Fuzzy Trace – Duo Exhibition” alongside works by another young Japanese artist, Shohei Yamamoto. The show was hugely popular, with all works listed as sold just days after the opening. This particular work by Kotani received particularly strong interest from collectors.
Karl Wirsum, It’s Not a Crack That’s Just the Way I Part My Hair (1987)
An iconic member of Chicago’s 1960s artist group The Hairy Who, Karl Wirsum drew inspiration from Mesoamerican art and comic books; the latter can be seen in his use of bold lines and vivid colors. This piece, representative of Wirsum’s style, received particular attention this week after being uploaded to Artsy earlier this month by Pazo Fine Art.
Ndidi Emefiele, Untitled (dancing to wo!!) (2017–18)
Nigerian figurative painter Ndidi Emefiele featured in the recent group show “The Cookout: Kinfolk and Other Intimacies,” organized by New York’s MoCADA Museum. The online-only exhibition explored the traditions of community and gathering within the African diaspora. This work by Emefiele, who is represented by London gallery Rosenfeld, received high levels of interest this week and was recently listed as sold.
Marco Battaglini, Il mio tempo non é ancora venuto (2019)
Italian Pop artist Marco Battaglini’s work is steeped with humor and irony. He’s known for combining classical and modern subjects and placing them within contemporary backdrops. This particular work, created earlier this year, was uploaded to Artsy by Bel-Air Fine Art and received a wealth of interest this past week.
Antonio Malta Campos, Máscara (2017)
Brazilian gallery Simões de Assis recently showcased the works of Antonio Malta Campos in its online viewing room; the presentation featured this piece, which received a surge of attention from Artsy users this past week. Campos’s canvases appear abstract, yet they’re actually portraits of fictional subjects. The artist himself has said, “Many paintings end up so abstract that people don’t realize that it is a head, but I do.”
Dorothea Tanning, Different People (1986)
Arguably one of the most well-known female Surrealists, Dorothea Tanning depicted dreamlike landscapes, fantastical events, and unusual figures. Often, these works were representations of what she saw in dreams. This work on paper, uploaded by Kasmin, received particular attention this past week, seeing a spike in inquiries.
JR, Migrants, Walking New York City (2015)
This work by French photographer and street artist JR features in the current “Heritage: Urban Art” sale, which closes on Tuesday, September 1st. The piece has received a flurry of bids and already far surpassed its high estimate of $700. Perrotin recently launched a solo exhibition dedicated to a large-scale installation created by JR at the California Correctional Institution in the city of Tehachapi. The artist took portraits of current and former inmates of the facility and documented their stories.
Prince Gyasi, Valeurs (2020)
Using a cell phone to capture his brilliant, poetic photographs, Prince Gyasi’s body of work captures the stories of individuals who have been marginalized from society in his hometown of Accra, Ghana. This particular work was uploaded to Artsy by Nil Gallery in Paris, which featured works by the artist in its 2019 booth at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.
Correction: A previous version of this article dated Marco Battaglini’s “Il mio tempo non é ancora venuto” as 2020. The work was created in 2019. Additionally, “The Cookout: Kinfolk and Other Intimacies” was organized by New York’s MoCada Museum, not Rosenfeld gallery. The text has been updated to reflect these changes.