The Ten Most Popular Works at Artissima

As opening day for Turin’s Artissima fair approaches and some 200 galleries prepare to unveil their booths this Friday, we pulled the top 10 trending artworks from the fair preview, and found a diverse selection of works ranging from charcoal and ink drawing to levitating text art to conceptual sculpture incorporating an actual human skull. Including works by three Italian artists, and from galleries in Vienna, Athens, Berlin, Mexico City, and Copenhagen, this list is a testament to the international spirit of the fair. The mix of established names, including William Kentridge, Juergen Teller, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, with up-and-coming artists, such as Brian Kokoska and Mikkel Carl, captures Artissima’s commitment to being on the front-lines of the cutting edge, while still remaining mindful of the past. Considering this year’s most popular works in line with the trends we predicted and observed leading up to the fair, process-oriented pieces do indeed seem to be on the upswing, be it in the heavily layered abstract painting by Liam Everett or the carefully composed, long-exposure photography of Axel Hütte.

10. Sabrina Mezzaqui, Vestiti di bianco, 2014, at Galleria Continua  

9. Brian Kokoska, Hell Clock (Tick Tock), 2014, at Brand New Gallery 

8. Andrea Galvani, Llevando una pepita de oro a la velocidad del sonido #2, 2014, at MARSO 

7. Mikkel Carl, Untitled, 2014, at Last Resort 

6. Michelangelo Pistoletto, Il bacio al piede, 1976-2013, at Galleria Continua  

5. Michael E. Smith, Untitled, 2014, at KOW 

4. Axel Hütte, FOLGEFONNBREEN, Norway, 2000, at Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea  

3. Liam Everett, Untitled (Tiberias), 2014, at Eleni Koroneou  

2. Juergen Teller, Nackt auf Sigmund Freuds Couch, 2006, at Christine König Galerie 

1.William Kentridge, Disinter/ Reconfigure, 2014, at Lia Rumma 

Kate Haveles

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