Art Market

10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week: November 2nd, 2020

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

Hernan Bas, How Best to Suffer Swamp Life at Dusk (2020)

This melancholic, autumnal canvas by the American artist Hernan Bas is part of his current show, “Creature Comforts,” at Perrotin in Paris. The piece quickly saw a whirlwind of excitement once it was uploaded to Artsy shortly after the show opened. Renowned for his larger-than-life paintings featuring young men in surreal, supernatural settings, Bas created the work in this new show during quarantine. He recently told Artsy that in this work, his figures are “relishing their oddness and queerness, they’re more confident, they have more of a grip on who they are.”

Maggi Hambling, Polar Bear (2019)

This work by the esteemed British artist Maggi Hambling received a flurry of inquiries after it was uploaded to Artsy on October 23rd by Marlborough London. The painting is currently on view as part of Hambling’s solo show at the gallery, exhibiting her most recent works and coinciding with the artist’s 75th birthday. Hambling is also the subject of a recent BBC documentary, titled Maggi Hambling: Making Love With The Paint.

Carsten Beck Nielsen, Stacking (2020)

This minimalist work by Danish artist Carsten Beck Nielsen saw several inquiries, before it ultimately sold, after being uploaded to Artsy on October 2nd by Copenhagen’s Galleri Christoffer Egelund. The painting had previously been on view at the gallery this past summer as part of the group exhibition, “Shapes,” which also included works by and .

Damien Hirst, The Elements: Air (2020)

This recent work by Damien Hirst has already generated a substantial amount of interest in the short time since it’s been uploaded to the platform. Part of Hirst’s ongoing series exploring the elements, the editioned work features images of butterfly wings arranged in a kaleidoscopic pattern, common motifs in the blue-chip artist’s work.

Diane Dal-Pra, Your Velvet Jacket (2020)

Originally uploaded onto Artsy on September 23rd, this past week saw an increased amount of interest in this sensuous painting by French artist Diane Dal-Pra. This jump in inquiries may be due to the work’s inclusion in Mana Contemporary’s current group exhibition, “Transatlantico,” which opened on October 18th.

Elizabeth Huey, Three Nudes (2020)

Three Nudes
Elizabeth Huey
New York Academy of Art Benefit Auction
Elizabeth Huey’s Three Nudes saw competitive bidding before selling for just under three times its estimate. Part of the New York Academy of Art’s “Artists for Artists” benefit auction, proceeds from the sale will go towards funding scholarships and public programming at the academy.

Yun Jang, A Parasol (2019)

A Parasol
Yun Jang
A Parasol, 2019
New York Academy of Art Benefit Auction
This painting by Yun Jang sold for well over its estimate in the New York Academy of Art’s “Artists for Artists” benefit auction. This was the first time a work by the relatively unknown artist was uploaded to Artsy. The still life is a rare and uncommonly peaceful subject for Jang, whose work typically features portraits and unsettlingly mutilated figures in swipes of paint.

Eddie Martinez, Park Ave Peace Out, exhibition poster from Salmon Eye (2015)

This print by Eddie Martinez has already far surpassed its estimate, even before the live auction has opened. A poster from Martinez’s first solo exhibition with Mitchell-Innes & Nash, the piece marks a historic moment for the artist, who is currently in the midst of his biggest market year yet.

Mr. Brainwash, Pup Art (Blue) (2012)

Pup Art (Blue)
Mr. Brainwash
Heritage Auctions
Another pre-live bidding hit from Heritage’s Urban Art sale is this 2012 screenprint by the French street artist Mr. Brainwash (a.k.a. Thierry Guetta). The 18th from an edition of 50 prints, this work is already poised to reach double its high estimate. Earlier this year, it was announced that the L.A.-based artist would be opening his own temporary museum at the former Paley Center for Media dedicated to exhibiting his art, and the work of artists he admires.

Stik, Liberty (2013)

Liberty, 2013
Chiswick Auctions
This multicolored series of prints by Stik sold for just over its high estimate at Chiswick Auctions this past week following the recent record-breaking sale of a maquette of the British street artist’s sculpture Holding Hands (2020) at Christie’s. A proof for a larger sculpture installed in London’s Hoxton Square, the maquette was donated by Stik to the local government of Hackney, London, in order to fund new public sculpture and installations.
Beatrice Sapsford
Shannon Lee is Artsy’s Associate Editor.