Artsy Editorial


The 10 Most Important Artists of the 2010s
The artists who thrived in the 2010s created instantly iconic works, changed global culture, became renowned celebrities, and sparked fervent market interest.
Artsy Editorial
Dec 17, 2019
What’s Next for Art in the 2020s
As the decade comes to a close, we reflect on where the art world is headed in the 2020s.
Alina Cohen
Dec 20, 2019
Art Market
The Biggest Sales of the 2010s
We look back at the most significant art market transactions of the past 10 years and how they will continue to mold the market in 2020 and beyond.
Payal Uttam
Dec 19, 2019
The Art Movements of the 2010s
Over the past decade, we witnessed new trends take over the art market and seep into galleries and museum collections. And some became full-blown movements.
Charlotte Jansen
Dec 18, 2019
The 10 Moments That Defined Art in the 2010s
These moments brought art to the forefront of global conversations and shed light on cultural trends affecting artists, artworks, and the art market.
Artsy Editorial
Dec 16, 2019
About the Series

During the 2010s, art entered the broader cultural consciousness and conversation like never before. Over the course of this decade, technology advanced at a rapid pace, bringing art and the art world along with it. Artists found new ways to engage with and access wider audiences and took strong stances on global issues. Galleries and institutions increased their support of underrepresented and marginalized artists. New tools for creating and sharing art sparked movements and shone a light on overlooked aspects of art history. Paintings by Picasso, Cézanne, and Leonardo sold for nine figures, while the art market went wild for KAWS and Koons. With our Decade in Art issue, Artsy’s editors reviewed the last 10 years to look at the most pivotal moments, artists, movements, and sales—and what the developments of the 2010s tell us about what to expect in the 2020s.

Issue background image: Kehinde Wiley, Barack Obama, 2018. © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.