Art Market

10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week: November 9, 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 share 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.

Antony Gormley, Small Climb II (2015)

In the short time since this geometric work by British artist Antony Gormley was uploaded to Artsy by Timothy Taylor, it’s already received significant interest from collectors. The sculpture is part of Gormley’s ongoing series “SMALL BLOCKWORKS,” which began in 2013 as a way to explore ways to evoke the human form in the fewest number of iron blocks possible.

Melike Kara, weaving words (2019)

There has been some recent excitement around this figurative work by German artist Melike Kara. Beloved for her graphic, stylized painted figures and patterned installations that draw from her Kurdish shamanistic heritage, Kara was one of last year’s 25 newly established Artsy Vanguard artists.

Oscar Murillo, manifestation (2019–20)

Part of Oscar Murillo’s current exhibition, “News,” at David Zwirner in Paris, this recent canvas by the Colombian artist has received an influx of inquiries since it was uploaded on October 22nd. The painting is one of a slew of works Murillo produced while under quarantine in Colombia this past spring and summer that reflect on growing political unrest and anxiety in the artist’s home country and around the world.

Yuya Hashizume, JOEY THYE - THINK PINK (2020)

This work by Japanese artist Yuya Hashizume has seen steady interest since it was uploaded to Artsy by The Real Project on October 6th. The print was exhibited as part of “eyewater: MUSIC,” Hashizume’s debut solo show in Hong Kong, which ran from October 17th through 25th.

Tracey Emin, Save Me (2018)

One of Tracey Emin’s signature neon sculptures saw a significant number of inquiries this past week. Starting in the early 1990s, Emin began using her handwriting as a font to write intimate phrases in neon. Many of these sculptures have also been photographed and are available as print editions. The artist is currently featured in a solo show at Xavier Hufkens that explores the notions of love and loss.

Rico Gatson, Ms. Holiday (2018)

Ms. Holiday
Rico Gatson
CUE Art Foundation Benefit Auction
This work by Rico Gatson inspired a fierce bidding war between two collectors before ultimately selling for nearly twice its estimate. Featuring a portrait of the singer Billie Holiday, the print was uploaded as part of the CUE benefit auction which ended on November 2nd.

Willem de Kooning, Rainbow: Thelonious Monk, Devil at the Keyboard (1972–76)

This colorful de Kooning lithograph is currently up at auction as part of Rago Auctions’s latest prints and multiples sale, and has already received a steady stream of inquiries. Part of an edition of 125, the print is a whimsical portrait of the jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.

David Hockney, Little Boodge (1993)

Little Boodge
David Hockney
Forum Auctions
One of David Hockney’s classic lithographs featuring his beloved dachshund Boodge quickly surpassed its high estimate before selling for nearly twice that amount as part of Forum Auction’s “Fall Selection.” Hockney’s most recent work, which showcases the French countryside, is now on view in an exhibition titled “Ma Normandie,” at Galerie Lelong & Co. that opened for the hybrid art fair Le Pari(s).

Ann Cutting, Emu egg (2020)

Emu egg
Ann Cutting
Emu egg, 2020
Los Angeles Center of Photography Benefit Auction
Part of the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s recent benefit auction, this evocative photograph by Ann Cutting nearly achieved three times its high estimate after receiving a swarm of competitive bids. In addition to her work in both commercial and fine art photography, Cutting also dabbles in ceramics.

Banksy, Golf Sale (2003)

Golf Sale
Golf Sale, 2003
Heritage Auctions
One of the works up for auction as part of Heritage’s “Signature Urban Art” sale, this print by Banksy has already doubled its high estimate well before the sale’s November 11th close. Recently, a collaboration between Banksy and Damien Hirst sold at Sotheby’s for $2.3 million, breaking the auction record for a collaborative work by the duo.
Beatrice Sapsford
Shannon Lee is Artsy’s Associate Editor.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Melike Kara’s shamanistic heritage as Turkish.