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10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week

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 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.

Banksy, Girl with Balloon (2004)

This past September at Sotheby’s, a print from Banksy’s iconic series Girl with Balloon (2004) broke the auction record for a work sold from that particular edition of 150, selling for over five times its low estimate at £438,500 ($567,000). Since then, inquiries have skyrocketed on a Girl with Balloon print from an edition of 600, uploaded by London gallery Extraordinary Objects on September 18th. The work is among one of the legendary street artist’s most iconic images and made headlines in 2018 when one shredded itself upon being sold at Sotheby’s for $1.3 million.

Javier Calleja, Monday (2015)

This work on paper by the Spanish artist Javier Calleja saw increased interest over the past week since being uploaded to Artsy by Galerie Zink on September 22nd. Internationally beloved for his wide-eyed, big-headed characters, Calleja’s practice frequently draws comparisons to artists like KAWS. Both artists share a influence that involves translating their figures into larger-than-life sculptures and collectable merchandise.

Abel Rodríguez, Untitled (2020)

This untitled 2020 work by Colombia-based artist Abel Rodríguez recently received an uptick in inquiries. Over the past two decades, the self-taught artist has been gaining slow but steady recognition. In addition to being included in this year’s Artsy Vanguard as an artist getting their due, Rodríguez received his first institutional solo show at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts in Gateshead, England, this past spring.

Grayson Perry, The American Dream (2020)

In anticipation of the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, U.K. artist Grayson Perry’s sprawling etching The American Dream (2020) saw increased interest this week. Uploaded by Victoria Miro on September 15th, the work is part of Perry’s current solo show at the gallery, titled “Grayson Perry: The MOST Specialest Relationship.” Inspired by the artist’s new three-part documentary series, the exhibition explores the United States’s deepening cultural and political fault lines.

Frida Orupabo, Untitled (2019)

Interest in this collage by Norwegian-Nigerian artist Frida Orupabo uploaded by Galerie Nordenhake on August 13th spiked this week after the artist was featured in this year’s Artsy Vanguard as a newly emerging artist. Orupabo was also recently shortlisted for the sixth edition of the Future Generation Art Prize, and will exhibit her work at Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev in 2021 and in Venice in 2022.

Adriana Oliver, Sweet Wishes (2018)

Adriana Oliver’s 2018 painting Sweet Wishes has already seen a significant number of inquiries this week since being uploaded to the platform by Curio on September 26th. The relatively unknown Barcelona-based artist recently had her haunting, eyeless Pop art portraits exhibited in a group show at Padre Gallery titled “Dream Makers” that featured works by artists including , , and .

Imogen Cunningham, Magnolia Blossom (date unknown)

Magnolia Blossom
Imogen Cunningham
SF Camerawork Benefit Auction
This photograph by Imogen Cunningham saw a rise in inquiries this week before selling for over two times its high estimate. The work was part of the benefit auction “See How Beautiful I Am” at San Francisco Camerawork. Renowned for her intimate botanical photographs, Cunningham is noted for being among the one of the most prominent professional female photographers in the U.S.

Ed Ruscha, Street Cred (2019)

Street Cred
Ed Ruscha
LAXART Benefit Auction
Bidding on this Ed Ruscha work on paper for the LAXART benefit auction reached well above its high estimate. This intimate example of Ruscha’s signature text-driven Pop art images was a unique opportunity for collectors to bid on a unique work by an artist whose market is dominated by prints and editions.

Kate MccGwire, Lure (2011)

Lure
Kate MccGwire
Lure, 2011
Van Ham
Part of the auction “Van Ham: From a Universal Collector—The Olbricht Collection,” British artist Kate MccGwire’s 2011 sculpture Lure skyrocketed well over three times its high estimate. Skirting the boundary between the beautiful and the grotesque, MccGwire’s sensuous, feather-adorned sculptures are currently on display at a solo exhibition titled “Menagerie” at Harewood House.

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Wilde Wilde West (2020)

Wilde Wilde West
Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe
Amref Health Africa ArtBall: Benefit Auction 2020
Right out of the gate, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe’s Wilde Wilde West (2020) received a flurry of inquiries within the first few hours of the Amref Health Africa ArtBall benefit auction. Bids have already surpassed over ten times the high estimate for the work. This past July, the Ghanaian painter made a remarkable secondary market debut at Phillips; his 2018 canvas Shade of Black sold for more than eight times its high estimate.
Beatrice Sapsford
Shannon Lee is Artsy’s Associate Editor.