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Who are the top artists at art fairs?

Posted by artradar on March 3, 2009


According to research by Artprice, 92% of the top artists at international art fairs still hail from outside Asia.

The  artists who are most frequently presented by galleries (by more than 50 galleries) at the top international art fairs from mid 2007 to mid 2008 are ranked as follows:

  • Andy Warhol (133 times),
  • Pablo Picasso (130 times),
  • Joan Miro (98 times),
  • Antoni Tapies (80),
  • Sol Lewitt, Sam Francis, Robert Rauschenberg, Lucio
    Fontana, Henri Matisse (62),
  • Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, Fernand Léger, Alighiero Boetti, Eduardo Chillida, Mimmo Paladino,
    Arman, Jannis Kounellis, Henri Moore and Georg Baselitz (50

These are clearly the stars of the art market that figure massively at the top the list.

When the list is expanded to show artists presented by at least 19 galleries, we find that the list of 55 artists is, once again, dominated by American artists. Artists from Asia represent only 8% of this list.

  • US artists:  42% of the population (apart from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Sean Scully previously mentioned,we find Kiki Smith, Donald Baechler, Richard Prince, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Tony Oursler, Julian Schnabel and John Chamberlain).
  • Germans arrive in second place with 14% of the artists including Günther Förg and Stephan Balkenhol, but also Thomas Ruff, Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorff, Rosemarie Trockel and Bernd & Hilla Becher.
  • In third place, the Italians and British (11% each)
  • Spain and China (5% each), followed by
  • Switzerland (4%),
  • Japan (3%),
  • Belgium and Portugal (2% each) and
  • Brazil (1%).

Artprice report Contemporary art market 2007/2008

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