The Most-Searched Artists on Artnet’s Price Database Offer a Snapshot of the Market. Here Are the Top 300 From April 2021

We offer you the full list—plus a breakdown of who is rising quickly.

A visitor studies Dollar Signs (1981) by Andy Warhol for “The Art of Making Money” at Sotheby's on June 8, 2015 in London. Photo courtesy Mary Turner/Getty Images.
A visitor studies Dollar Signs (1981) by Andy Warhol for “The Art of Making Money” at Sotheby's on June 8, 2015 in London. Photo courtesy Mary Turner/Getty Images.

Music has the Billboard chart, publishing has the New York Times bestseller list, and television has Nielsen.

But the visual art industry has never had a simple, clear-cut way to track who is gaining heat and market clout.

Yet one valuable art-market data point is the number of searches recorded for artists in Artnet’s Price Database. The queries aren’t free, which means those running them have skin in the game, and changing rankings can offer a snapshot of business interests and activity in particular artists, especially on the secondary market.

Below is a list of the top-searched artists on the Artnet Price Database in April 2021. (Those who had the same number of searches are listed as tied.) What can we learn from the list? Here’s some key takeaways.

 

Notable Fast Risers

Salman Toor, the Pakistani American painter whose romantic images of queer life in New York City recently drew crowds to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Back in April 2020, Toor received exactly zero searches in the Price Database. Last month, that number shot up to 215, making him the 118th most-searched artist (right below Lucian Freud).

Aboudia, the Brooklyn-based painter originally from Côte d’Ivoire, whose paintings look like the love children of Basquiat and Philip Guston. This time last year, his work was searched for 30 times; last month, that number was 214, tying him with market sensation Adrian Ghenie as the 119th most-searched artist.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the late couple known for their epic public artworks. The duo has seen a great number of their preparatory sketches and other domestic-size works hit the auction block this year. (A sale of material from their studio fetched $9.8 million at Sotheby’s Paris in April.) It appears that interest remains high: their rank jumped from 141st in April 2020 to 38th in April 2021. 

Banksy, the for-the-people street artist. Historically, Banksy has not been an evening-sale fixture. (His prints, however, are traded frequently at lower price points.) But the major New York auctions next week include four Banksys (two of which are in the multimillion-dollar price range), potentially contributing to the spike in searches. Last April, Banksy drew 775 searches, making him our 17th most-searched artist; this past month, that number spiked to 1,878, bringing him up to number 4.

See the list in full below.

 

Rank Name Died
 1 Pablo Picasso 1881 1973
 2 Andy Warhol 1928 1987
 3 Marc Chagall 1887 1985
 4 Banksy 1974
 5 Joan Miró 1893 1983
 6 Gerhard Richter 1932
 7 Yayoi Kusama 1929
 8 Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960 1988
 9 David Hockney 1937
 10 Yoshitomo Nara 1959
 11 Alexander Calder 1898 1976
 12 Roy Lichtenstein 1923 1997
 13 Keith Haring 1958 1990
 14 Ed Ruscha 1937
 15 Damien Hirst 1965
 16 Henri Matisse 1869 1954
 17 Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841 1919
 18 George Condo 1957
 19 Lucio Fontana 1899 1968
 20 Claude Monet 1840 1926
 21 Jean Dubuffet 1901 1985
 22 Alberto Giacometti 1901 1966
 23 Salvador Dalí 1904 1989
 24 KAWS 1974
 25 Zao Wou-Ki 1920 2013
 26 Willem de Kooning 1904 1997
 27 Henry Moore 1898 1986
 28 Alex Katz 1927
 29 Richard Prince 1949
 30 Frank Stella 1936
 31 Cy Twombly 1928 2011
 32 Fernand Léger 1881 1955
 32 Joan Mitchell 1925 1992
 32 Alighiero Boetti 1940 1994
 35 Joseph Beuys 1921 1986
 36 Sam Francis 1923 1994
 37 Edgar Degas 1834 1917
 38 Christo and Jeanne-Claude
 39 Jasper Johns 1930
 40 Robert Rauschenberg 1925 2008
 41 Josef Albers 1888 1976
 42 Tom Wesselmann 1931 2004
 43 Helen Frankenthaler 1928 2011
 44 Wassily Kandinsky 1866 1944
 45 Rembrandt van Rijn 1606 1669
 46 Albrecht Dürer 1471 1528
 47 Pierre Soulages 1919
 48 Bernard Buffet 1928 1999
 49 Wayne Thiebaud 1920
 50 Jeff Koons 1955
 51 Mark Rothko 1903 1970
 52 Takashi Murakami 1962
 52 Fernando Botero 1932
 54 Louise Bourgeois 1911 2010
 55 Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita 1886 1968
 56 Victor Vasarely 1906 1997
 57 Pierre Bonnard 1867 1947
 58 Antoni Tàpies 1923 2012
 59 Man Ray 1890 1976
 60 Robert Longo 1953
 61 François-Xavier Lalanne 1927 2008
 62 Auguste Rodin 1840 1917
 63 Sol LeWitt 1928 2007
 64 Robert Motherwell 1915 1991
 65 Christopher Wool 1955
 66 Sigmar Polke 1941 2010
 67 Vincent van Gogh 1853 1890
 68 Ellsworth Kelly 1923 2015
 68 Georges Mathieu 1921 2012
 70 René Magritte 1898 1967
 71 Georg Baselitz 1938
 72 Matthew Wong 1984 2019
 73 Rashid Johnson 1977
 74 Raoul Dufy 1877 1953
 75 Albert Oehlen 1954
 76 Günther Förg 1952 2013
 77 Cindy Sherman 1954
 78 Bridget Riley 1931
 78 Ansel Adams 1902 1984
 80 Yves Klein 1928 1962
 81 Sam Gilliam 1933
 82 Nicolas Party 1980
 83 Richard Diebenkorn 1922 1993
 84 A.R. Penck 1939 2017
 85 Max Ernst 1891 1976
 86 Chu Teh-Chun 1920 2014
 87 Robert Mapplethorpe 1946 1989
 88 Jonas Wood 1977
 89 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864 1901
 90 Karel Appel 1921 2006
 91 Barbara Hepworth 1903 1975
 92 Georges Braque 1882 1963
 92 Francis Bacon 1909 1992
 94 Cecily Brown 1969
 95 Tracey Emin 1963
 96 Lee Ufan 1936
 97 Maurice de Vlaminck 1876 1958
 98 Diego Giacometti 1902 1985
 99 Giorgio de Chirico 1888 1978
 99 Amoako Boafo 1984
 101 Kenneth Noland 1924 2010
 102 Amedeo Modigliani 1884 1920
 103 Camille Pissarro 1830 1903
 103 Robert Indiana 1928 2018
 103 Niki de Saint Phalle 1930 2002
 106 Kazuo Shiraga 1924 2008
 107 Antony Gormley 1950
 108 Jim Dine 1935
 109 Kees van Dongen 1877 1968
 110 Invader 1969
 111 Howard Hodgkin 1932 2017
 112 Emil Nolde 1867 1956
 113 Jean Cocteau 1889 1963
 114 Maurice Utrillo 1883 1955
 115 Paul Klee 1879 1940
 116 Alice Neel 1900 1984
 117 Lucian Freud 1922 2011
 118 Salman Toor 1983
 119 Adrian Ghenie 1977
 119 Aboudia 1983
 121 Egon Schiele 1890 1918
 121 Arman 1928 2005
 121 Louise Nevelson 1899 1988
 124 Eddie Martinez 1977
 125 Claude Lalanne 1924 2019
 126 Milton Avery 1885 1965
 126 Kerry James Marshall 1955
 128 Anish Kapoor 1954
 129 John Baldessari 1931 2020
 130 Jean (Hans) Arp 1886 1966
 130 Peter Doig 1959
 132 Kenny Scharf 1958
 133 Donald Judd 1928 1994
 133 Liu Ye 1964
 135 Hans Hartung 1904 1989
 135 Piet Mondrian 1872 1944
 137 Diego Rivera 1886 1957
 137 Dana Schutz 1976
 139 Julian Schnabel 1951
 140 Julie Mehretu 1970
 141 Francis Picabia 1879 1953
 142 Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot 1796 1875
 142 Jean Fautrier 1898 1964
 144 Georgia O’Keeffe 1887 1986
 145 Marlene Dumas 1953
 145 Hans Hofmann 1880 1966
 147 Sonia Delaunay 1885 1979
 148 Franz West 1947 2012
 148 Serge Poliakoff 1906 1969
 150 Jackson Pollock 1912 1956
 150 Édouard Vuillard 1868 1940
 152 Gilbert & George
 153 Giorgio Morandi 1890 1964
 154 Lee Krasner 1908 1984
 155 Wifredo Lam 1902 1982
 155 Richard Serra 1938
 155 Lynn Chadwick 1914 2003
 158 Vik Muniz 1961
 159 Mark Bradford 1961
 159 Kehinde Wiley 1977
 161 Marino Marini 1901 1980
 161 Claes Oldenburg 1929
 161 André Derain 1880 1954
 164 Roberto Matta 1911 2002
 164 Agnes Martin 1912 2004
 164 Paul Signac 1863 1935
 167 Wolfgang Tillmans 1968
 168 Andreas Gursky 1955
 168 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1880 1938
 168 Eduardo Chillida 1924 2002
 171 Paul Cézanne 1839 1906
 171 Anselm Kiefer 1945
 173 Hiroshi Sugimoto 1948
 173 César 1921 1998
 173 Helmut Newton 1920 2004
 176 Frank Auerbach 1931
 176 Philip Guston 1913 1980
 178 Javier Calleja 1971
 179 Edvard Munch 1863 1944
 180 Georges Rouault 1871 1958
 180 Mr Doodle 1994
 182 Barbara Kruger 1945
 182 William Kentridge 1955
 182 George Nakashima 1905 1990
 185 Mark Grotjahn 1968
 185 James Ensor 1860 1949
 187 Tamara de Lempicka 1898 1980
 188 Rufino Tamayo 1899 1991
 189 Lyonel Feininger 1871 1956
 189 John Chamberlain 1927 2011
 189 Lynda Benglis 1941
 192 Julian Opie 1958
 193 Michelangelo Pistoletto 1933
 193 André Masson 1896 1987
 193 Shepard Fairey 1970
 196 Tony Cragg 1949
 197 Marie Laurencin 1883 1956
 197 L.S. Lowry 1887 1976
 199 Carl Andre 1935
 199 Bruce Nauman 1941
 199 Marcel Duchamp 1887 1968
 199 Ayako Rokkaku 1982
 203 Wu Guanzhong 1919 2010
 203 Leonora Carrington 1917 2011
 203 Giovanni Battista Piranesi 1720 1778
 206 Jean-Paul Riopelle 1923 2002
 206 Eugène Boudin 1824 1898
 206 Isamu Noguchi 1904 1988
 209 Shara Hughes 1981
 209 Manolo Valdés 1942
 211 Paul Gauguin 1848 1903
 212 James Rosenquist 1933 2017
 213 George Grosz 1893 1959
 214 Thomas Schütte 1954
 214 Sterling Ruby 1972
 214 Norman Rockwell 1894 1978
 214 David Shrigley 1968
 218 Rudolf Stingel 1956
 219 Sean Scully 1945
 220 Ugo Rondinone 1964
 221 Albert Marquet 1875 1947
 222 Irving Penn 1917 2009
 222 Sanyu 1901 1966
 222 Félix Vallotton 1865 1925
 225 Peter Beard 1938 2020
 225 Richard Avedon 1923 2004
 227 Günther Uecker 1930
 227 Glenn Ligon 1960
 227 Leonor Fini 1908 1996
 230 Childe Hassam 1859 1935
 230 Marc Quinn 1964
 230 Ai Weiwei 1957
 233 Alfred Sisley 1839 1899
 233 Imi Knoebel 1940
 233 Moïse Kisling 1891 1953
 233 Jean Royère 1902 1981
 233 Le Pho 1907 2001
 238 Ben Nicholson 1894 1982
 239 Adolph Gottlieb 1903 1974
 239 Robert Mangold 1937
 239 Romare Bearden 1911 1988
 239 John Singer Sargent 1856 1925
 239 Sir Alfred Munnings 1878 1959
 244 Zhang Xiaogang 1958
 244 Henri Jean Guillaume Martin 1860 1943
 244 Elisabeth Frink 1930 1993
 247 Max Beckmann 1884 1950
 247 Mel Bochner 1940
 247 Chuck Close 1940
 250 Eugène Delacroix 1798 1863
 250 Arshile Gorky 1904 1948
 252 Brice Marden 1938
 252 Elizabeth Peyton 1965
 252 Martin Kippenberger 1953 1997
 252 Wade Guyton 1972
 252 Mickalene Thomas 1971
 257 Peter Paul Rubens 1577 1640
 258 Raymond Pettibon 1957
 258 Genieve Figgis 1972
 258 Chris Ofili 1968
 258 Paul Jenkins 1923 2012
 262 Odilon Redon 1840 1916
 263 Constantin Brancusi 1876 1957
 263 Hermann Nitsch 1938
 265 Alberto Burri 1915 1995
 265 Zeng Fanzhi 1964
 265 Allen Jones 1937
 268 William Eggleston 1939
 268 Claire Tabouret 1981
 270 Thomas Ruff 1958
 270 Jenny Holzer 1950
 272 Thomas Hart Benton 1889 1975
 273 David Smith 1906 1965
 274 Aristide Maillol 1861 1944
 274 Paul Delvaux 1897 1994
 274 Mimmo Rotella 1918 2006
 277 Thomas Struth 1954
 277 Gustav Klimt 1862 1918
 277 Chaim Soutine 1893 1943
 277 Jean Prouvé 1901 1984
 280 Jesús Rafael Soto 1923 2005
 280 Nicole Eisenman 1965
 280 Mr. Brainwash 1966
 283 Max Pechstein 1881 1955
 283 André Lhote 1885 1962
 285 Daniel Arsham 1980
 285 Mary Cassatt 1844 1926
 285 Jacob Lawrence 1917 2000
 285 Jean Dufy 1888 1964
 285 Avery Singer 1987
 290 Erich Heckel 1883 1970
 290 Harland Miller 1964
 290 David Hammons 1943
 290 Kurt Schwitters 1887 1948
 294 Piero Dorazio 1927 2005
 295 Robert Colescott 1925 2009
 296 Alexej von Jawlensky 1864 1941
297 Berenice Abbott 1898 1991
297 Walasse Ting 1929 2010
297 Urs Fischer 1973
297 Arnulf Rainer 1929
297 Nam June Paik 1932 2006

 


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