eBay's Most Coveted Artists
San Jose, California -- Ebay has released a map of the most popular searches for artists in the U.S., and chances are your favorite contemporary master is not on the list.
Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are not necessarily forsaking Christie's, Art Basel and Emmanuel Perrotin to sit and shop for art on eBay.
However, this state-by-state guide is a milestone for defining the popularity of artists across the U.S.
Some artists are household names; some are not at all recognizable to our international art community of fine art collectors.
The U.S. is the world's largest art market, exceeding China this year after losing ground in 2012.
This map is perhaps the most accurate barometer of American taste, and proves once and for all that artists like Andy Warhol, who only wins Pennsylvania (his birthplace and home to his foundation) is not the market leader, despite selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of art at auction this year.
Warhol always said that he wished he could be as big as his hero Leroy Neiman, a popular artist in the 60's and 70's.
Neiman's exhibitions were always sell outs with clients who lined up to purchase paintings, drawings, and lithographs of his sports subjects. His prints sold between $150 -$750, prompting Andy Warhol to state. "I want to be successful like LeRoy Neiman".
Top of the American heap, taking four midwestern states, is Terry Redlin who paints in a style similar to Christmas cards from the 1950's.
Born in 1937 Redlin is known for his paintings of outdoor themes and wildlife, often pictured at twilight. He is widely collected, especially his prints.
For eight consecutive years, 1991 through 1998, Redlin was named America's Most Popular Artist in an annual gallery survey conducted by U.S. magazine (you subscribe to that periodical on your iPad, don't you?).
Coming in for a close tie, also with four states, is the ever popular Thomas Kinkade who recently died of alcohol-related illnesses.
Kinkade creates fantasy paintings of country cottages which look like sentimental magazine illustrations from the 1960's. His work is so dreadful that it could only compare to those 3D painted, plaster wall reliefs that Woolworths used to sell.
Of course America also proves to have some taste outside of the greeting-card genre, and the great photographer Ansel Adams comes in with four States. Picasso takes three states; Chagall two. Frida Kahlo owns California; Dali possesses Florida.
Real surprises are photographer Peter Lik (two), and Faith Ringgold who takes a wapping four states.
Ringgold's folksy quilt story paintings depict everything from race riots to social gatherings. The paintings are similar in style to Grayson Perry's work and are equally revered by the masses.
Off to see Crystal Bridges in Bentonville. Arkansas -- built with all those Walmart billions -- and a huge mobile installations by Frank Stella and Frederick Eversley, who obviously are not on the 2014 list. Perhaps founding heiress, Alice Walton, knows something her customers don't?
Today's homepage Featured Art Video offers an overview of the works of America's favorite artist (per eBay search), Terry Redlin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRdFT_F0gDo&sns=em