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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.

Salman Toor, Two Friends (2020)

This work by Salman Toor is featured in Kohn Gallery’s current show “myselves,” curated by Joshua Friedman, and received an influx of inquiries within days of being uploaded to Artsy. Toor was due to have his first institutional solo show this year at the Whitney Museum of American Art, but the exhibition, titled “How Will I Know,” has been postponed until further notice. Toor is included in this year’s edition of The Artsy Vanguard, featuring artists at the forefront of contemporary art.

Jerrell Gibbs, Une Pizza (2020)

Une Pizza
Jerrell Gibbs
Une Pizza, 2020
BOMB Magazine Benefit Auction
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Though the sale “BOMB Gala & Auction - Reenvisioned: Benefit Auction 2020” closes on October 5th, this work by figurative painter Jerrell Gibbs has already seen strong bidding from Artsy users. The piece is set to be the star lot and is predicted to far surpass its estimated price. A work by Gibbs is also set to be featured in the “Artists for Biden” sale hosted by David Zwirner’s Platform.art next month, which will benefit the Biden Victory Fund.

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Mak in Pool 1 (2020)

Mak Ying Tung 2 is another artist from this year’s Artsy Vanguard whose work was highly sought-after this past week. This piece is typical of her humorous tongue-in-cheek style, and received an influx of inquiries shortly after it was uploaded to Artsy by de Sarthe Gallery. Spanning a wide range of media including installation, painting, video, and performance, Mak’s work aims to explore contemporary culture, particularly consumerism and surveillance.

Austin Lee, Relaxed Guy with Flowers (2020)

Berlin’s Peres Projects launched Austin Lee’s second solo exhibition, “Aah,” during Gallery Weekend Berlin earlier this month. This work, Relaxed Guy with Flowers, received high levels of interest from Artsy users. The show features Lee’s latest works, which are intended to transcend the distinction between imagination and real life.

Heather Day, Projection (2020)

This work by abstract artist Heather Day is included in “Ricochet,” her current solo show at Los Angeles gallery Diane Rosenstein, and it received several inquiries from Artsy users this past week. The show features a number of paintings and works on paper made in 2020 by the Bay Area artist, who creates her paintings by scraping, smearing, and/or flooding pigment on the canvas.

Carla Jay Harris, Snake Bearer IV (2018–19)

Snake Bearer IV
Carla Jay Harris
Snake Bearer IV, 2018-2019
SF Camerawork Benefit Auction
This work by Carla Jay Harris was subject to high levels of bidding activity in the recently closed benefit auction “San Francisco Camerawork: See How Beautiful I Am,” ultimately selling for well above its high estimate. The Los Angeles–based artist was trained in photography, but she recently began working in different media including collage, painting, and installation. Harris’s works always portray her own personal narrative with a hint of fantasy.

Tomashi Jackson, Temple for Bakari (Shady Grove Church Bombing) (2020)

This piece by painter and printmaker Tomashi Jackson was subject to high levels of interest from Artsy users this past week, following the artist’s inclusion in The Artsy Vanguard. Earlier this year, the work was featured in Night Gallery’s group show “Majeure Force: Part One.” At the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Jackson presented three works examining the stories of African Americans living in New York’s Seneca Village, a predominantly Black neighborhood that was razed to make way for Central Park in the 19th century.

Emily Mae Smith, Live Forever (2020)

This Emily Mae Smith work is featured in Kohn Gallery’s highly successful show “myselves,” curated by Joshua Friedman, which explores identity and the ways in which we can examine it. This piece received many inquiries this past week after the show launched on Artsy. Smith’s body of work is distinctly contemporary, though she often draws inspiration from older movements such as Surrealism and Symbolism.

Lee Kun-yong, Bodyscape 76-2-1995 (1995)

This work, currently featured in Leeahn Gallery’s booth at KIAF 2020, has received strong interest from Artsy users. Lee Kun-yong was considered one of the founding fathers of Korean performance art; his pieces are abstract and gestural while also projecting the artist’s movement. The artist is included in the “Getting their Due” section of The Artsy Vanguard 2020.

Eamon Ore-Giron, Study for LR LXXII (2019)

Study for LR LXXII
Eamon Ore-Giron
LAXART Benefit Auction
Drawing inspiration from indigenous artistic traditions, Eamon Ore-Giron creates beautiful abstract and geometric paintings. This gouache on paper has been subject to a frenzy of bidding activity in the sale “LAXART: Benefit Auction 2020,” pushing the price of the work to well above its high estimate, indicating high demand from collectors.
Beatrice Sapsford
Clarification: A previous version of this article did not include the full range of works on offer at Heather Day’s exhibition. The text has been updated to reflect this.