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THE MOST EXPENSIVE LIVING ARTISTS.

    Top-50 most expensive living artists for 2013.
    The rating is compiled on the basis of data provided by agency Skate's Art Market Research on Top-5000 most expensive works of visual art sold at open auctions before 2013 (data on closed private sales were ignored).
     The rating  is  headed by Gerhard Richter.  Top-5000  includes 110 of  his paintings with total value of $ 746,083 mln. The average price of Richter's works is $ 6,782 mln. The highest average price of traditional Chinese-style works by Chinese artist Cui Ruzhuo amounts to $ 8,139 mln.
     Gerhard Richter followed by Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, and Damien Hirst represent Top-50  world's most expensive artists of 2013.
     The presented rating is remarkable for three women (Marlene Dumas, Cindy Sherman, Bridget Riley) and 14(!) Chinese artists being included. 
     The 33-th line in the rating is occupied by the only one of Russian artists - Ilya Kabakov. Top-5000 includes 3 of his paintings with total value of $ 12,322 mln.

     Artists' years of birth, as well as art styles and movements to which the most of their sold paintings refer, are indicated in the table.

RANK
ARTIST
QUANTITY OF
WORKS IN ТОP-5000
AVERAGE PRICE
(USD mln)
TOTAL VALUE 
(USD mln)
1
Gerhard Richter  (1932), Avant-garde
110
6,782
746,083
2
Jeff Koons  (1955), Neo-pop
44
6,854
301,582
3
Jasper Johns  (1932), Pop-art
32
6,470
207,049
4
Damien Hirst  (1965), Conceptual Art
32
5,091
162,905
5
Zao Wou-Ki  (1921),  Abstract Expressionism
35
3,645
127,607
6
Richard Prince  (1949), Abstract art
21
4,433
93,094
7
Zhang Xiaogang (1958), Symbolism, Surrealism
17
4,787
81,395
8
Zeng Fanzhi  (1964), Expressionism
17
4,298
73,075
9
Peter Doig  (1959), Magic Realism
13
5,218
67,834
10
Wayne Thiebaud  (1920), Pop Art, Neo-realism
13
3,272
42,539
11
Ed Ruscha  (1937), Pop Art
11
3,742
41,167
12
Takashi Murakami (1963), Neo-pop
8
5,072
40,583
13
Yue Minjun (1962), Cynical Realism
9
3,872
34,848
14
Chu Teh-Chun (Zhu Dequn) (1920), Abstract Expressionism
10
3,384
33,846
15
Frank Stella (1936), Minimalism
10
3,306
33,060
16
David Hockney (1937), Pop Art
7
4,585
32,098
17
Ellsworth Kelly  (1923), Color Field painting, Minimalism
8
3,737
29,901
18
Christopher Wool  (1955), Abstract art
6
4,779
28,674
19
Cui Ruzhuo  (1944), Guchua
3
8,139
24,418
20
Robert Ryman  (1930), Minimalism
5
4,729
23,645
21
Liu Xiaodong (1963), Realism
5
4,543
22,716
22
Maurizio Cattelan  (1960), Conceptual Art
6
3,613
21,681
23
Brice Marden (1938), Minimalism
4
4,838
19,355
24
Miquel Barceló (1957), Art Brut
5
3,684
18,423
25
Frank Auerbach  (1931), Expressionism
5
3,306
16,531
26
Georg Baselitz  (1938), Neo-expressionism
4
4,116
16,464
27
Glenn Brown  (1966), Neorealism, Surrealism
3
4,878
14,635
28
Cai Guo Qiang  (1957), Conceptual Art
3
4,860
14,581
29
Mark Tansey, (1949), Postmodernism
4
3,594
14,376
30
Bruce Nauman (1941), Conceptual art
2
6,954
13,909
31
Chuck Close (1940), Hyperrealism
4
3,472
13,888
32
Fang Lijun (1963), Cynical Realism
4
3,247
12,989
33
Ilya Kabakov  (1933), Conceptual art
3
4,107
12,322
34
Shen Yaoyi  (1943), Realism
2
5,623
11,245
35
John Currin  (1962), Postmodernism
3
3,648
10,944
36
Andreas Gursky (1955), Photo
3
3,529
10,587
37
Robert Indiana  (1928), Pop-art
3
3,349
10,469
38
Antony Gormley (1950), New British Sculpture
2
4,949
9,898
39
Marlene Dumas (1953), Neo-expressionism
2
4,836
9,672
40
Cindy Sherman (1954), Photo
3
3,181
9,544
41
Anish Kapoor (1954), New British Sculpture
3
3,051
9,153
42
Yayoi Kusama (1929), Minimalism
2
4,563
9,125
43
Martial Raysse  (1936), New-realism, Pop-art
2
4,527
9,054
44
Yang Feiyun  (1954), Realism
2
4,093
8,185
45
Bridget Riley  (1931), Op-art
2
4,007
8,015
46
Leng Jun  (1963), Realism
2
3,851
7,629
47
Anselm Kiefer (1945), Neo-expressionism
2
3,563
7,126
48
Robert Gober  (1954), Sculpture, Conceptual art
2
3,506
7,012
49
Chen Danqing (1953), Realism
2
3,433
6,865
50
Urs Fischer  (1973), Conceptual art
1
6,803
6,803

Comments 3:

Ivan KRUTOYAROV

Zao Wou-ki, a painter who was recently the highest-selling living Chinese artist at auction, passed away april 09.2013 at his home in Switzerland. He was 93.
Mr. Zao, who is known for his abstract works, suffered from dementia and weak health. He was living in a lakeside house near Geneva with his third wife, Françoise Marquet, who survives him along with a son from a previous marriage, Jialing Zhao.
Born in Beijing in 1920, Mr. Zao studied fine arts in Hangzhou and Chongqing before moving to Paris in 1948. In France, he began to discover Western art styles and became a fixture on the country’s art scene in the second half of the 20th century. However, his career hit a lull in the 1990s, when few of his works were sold and museum interest waned.
The artist’s career was rejuvenated following a major retrospective in Paris in 2003. Since then, his blend of Chinese techniques with Western modernist aesthetics has caught the eye of wealthy Asian collectors – especially from Taiwan and mainland China – who have paid significant sums for his works.
In 2011, Mr. Zao was the top-selling, living Chinese artist at auction, with his works fetching $90 million in sales that year.
His estate, which includes hundreds of paintings, is the subject of a legal dispute between Ms. Marquet and Mr. Zhao.

erwin shetland

There should be Dogmael Damien between Damien Hirst and Zao Wou-Ki with 150 000 000 euros.

Ivan KRUTOYAROV

A French artist named Dogmael Damien has set up his own website targeting billionaires in search of their next big acquisition, a recent Art Newspaper article reports. The artist’s site (http://www.billionairepainting.com) is now online and markets itself as “Paintings for Billionaires Only”. Each of the three paintings currently on the site can be had for only €150 million (and without any commission!).
NONE OF THE PAINTINGS HAS SOLD AS OF YET, but Damien has held firm to his concept. He writes further on the site:
The acquisition of these paintings will cause a shock in the Art World, not only for the spectacular stunning massive price paid for it, but also for the private way it will be sold, far away from the noisy auction places.
This private sale would have made these paintings the world’s most expensive ever sold in art history. The Most expensive Living Artist.