The 50 Most In-Demand Artists Under 35
You may have seen Artsy’s recent feature, “The Best of 2014,” which included a list of our top 10 artists under 35 in 2014. From browsing behavior on Artsy and Google searches, to press coverage and collector inquiries, “Emerging Art” continued to draw attention in 2014.
In response to great feedback from this top 10 list, we’ve decided to delve deeper into the subject and provide you with additional insights into the top 50 most in-demand artists (under 35) of 2014.
Some of the main themes of 2014
- Nearly half of the top 50 live in New York, evidence to support a recentNew York Times piece, “They Say Art Is Dead in New York. They’re Wrong.” At 20%, Los Angeles comes in second, and with notable galleries—including Sprüth Magers, Hauser & Wirth, and Maccarone—announcing West Coast expansion plans, that number will grow in 2015.
- Painting is the medium of choice for two thirds of the artists. Last year we saw plenty of discussion on this subject, with art critic Jerry Saltz pondering “Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?” in his pointed article for Vulture, and MoMA staging its first contemporary painting survey in three decades.
- Younger artists embrace online tools. For every one work published by other artists on Artsy, the top 50 have 5.5! They are increasingly tech-savvy and realize that art is seen, shared, and sold online to a new global audience. In fact, 71% of art collectors have purchased art online, according to the 2014 Hiscox Online Art Trade report.
- More artworks drive more inquiries. While the top 50 received 6x as many collector inquiries, they also published 5.5x as many works on Artsy. Publishing more works online generates more visibility, and can lead to more inquiries.
Artsy’s list of the 50 most in-demand artists under 35 contains a number of up and comers to keep your eye on. Click a name to learn more about the artist.
Elena Soboleva (@elenasoboleva) is a contemporary art Specialist at Artsy. She works with collectors, manages art fair sales, and develops curatorial programming. She studied economics and art history and writes about the art market and online trends.