The summer doldrums have arrived—but not for the art market. Last month, London hosted its Modern and contemporary art summer sales, German houses held their biannual auctions, and Phillips held its marquee contemporary art evening event in New York. All that activity means that searches on Artnet’s Price Database have yet to hit the beach.  
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, we bring you the list of the top-searched artists on the Artnet Price Database in June 2021. (Those who had the same number of searches are listed as being tied.) 
Before we get to that, however, here is a selection of artists on the rise who, if they haven’t cracked the top 300 yet, are poised to do so soon. Formally, these artists have relatively little in common with one another—but they share growing demand in Asia, and ascendant price points. 
 
Notable Fast-Risers
Javier Calleja (b. 1971)
Javier Calleja, What I Mean (2017). Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.
If you haven’t heard of Javier Calleja, you are probably not regularly hanging out in Hong Kong salesrooms. The Spanish artist may not be particularly well known in the U.S., but he has developed a rabid fandom among a certain set of young, moneyed Asian collectors. His paintings of big-eyed young people—which look like a cross between Yoshitomo Nara and Margaret Keane—broke the $1 million mark at auction for the first time this year. Waiting for a while (2019) fetched $1.1 million at Christie’s in March, more than double its high estimate. Calleja’s ascent has been rapid on the database side, too: last June, he drew 45 searches in the PDB; last month, that number rose to 162. 
 
Hernan Bas (b. 1978)
Hernan Bas, Downhill at Dusk (The Runaway) (2008). Image courtesy Phillips.
The Miami-born, Detroit-based artist, whose inspirations range from Goth culture to Oscar Wilde, has a dedicated collector base on the primary market through his galleries, including Lehmann Maupin and Victoria Miro. Within the past year or two, activity on the secondary market has also begun to pick up steam. The results are clear both from his auction prices (his top result, a triple-estimate $352,800, was set at Phillips in March) and his Artnet Price Database search history. The number of queries almost doubled between June 2020 (44) and June 2021 (87).
 
Joel Mesler (b. 1974)
Joel Mesler, New York, New York (2021). Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.
Until recently, Joel Mesler was best known as an art dealer (he was an early champion of artists including Henry Taylor and Loie Hollowell). Now, however, he is a veritable art star. His paintings of flora overlaid with upbeat mantras (“Fingers Crossed,” “One Day at a Time”) have become hot commodities, especially among collectors in Asia. (He is currently the subject of a solo show at Lévy Gorvy in Hong Kong.) His top five auction prices have all been set this year, including the $275,000 paid for New York, New York (2019) at Christie’s in May. Last June, the dealer-turned-painter drew exactly zero searches in the PDB; last month, he got 91. 
 
Kim Tschang-yeul (1929–2021)
Kim Tschang, Yeul Water Drops. Courtesy of Tina Kim Gallery.
The Korean painter, who escaped the North’s Communist regime as a young man and eventually settled in Paris, spent his 40-year career exploring one motif: water droplets. The artist’s top three auction prices have all been set since his death in January, including his first result over $1 million. CSH 1 (1978), a painting of droplets that look like beads skittering across a surface, fetched $1.3 million at Christie’s Hong Kong on May 24, exceeding its $700,000 high estimate. On the primary market, Kim Tschang-yeul is represented by Tina Kim Gallery and Almine Rech. 
 
Katherine Bernhardt (b. 1975)
Katherine Bernhardt, Untitled (2016). Courtesy of the artist and CANADA.
The New York-based artist, known for her wacky neon paintings that juxtapose the Pink Panther, watermelons, cigarettes, and other quirky obsessions, is another example of a figure with a dedicated fan base on the primary market now finding even broader appeal at auction. The number of searches for her work in the PDB more than doubled between this year and last (59 in June 2020; 147 in June 2021) and her top three auction prices have all been set this year. Her secondary market presence is likely only to grow now that she has jumped from Canada to mega-gallery David Zwirner, a move that is likely to make her works even harder to get on the primary market. 
 
300 Most-Searched Artists in the Artnet Price Database, June 2021

Rank
Name

Life

1
Pablo
Picasso
1881

2
Andy
Warhol
1928

3
Gerhard
Richter
1932

4
Marc
Chagall
1887

5
Banksy

1974

6
Jean-Michel
Basquiat
1960

7
Yayoi
Kusama
1929

8
Alexander
Calder
1898

9
Joan
Miró
1893

10
David
Hockney
1937

11
Roy
Lichtenstein
1923

12
Damien
Hirst
1965

13
Keith
Haring
1958

14
Yoshitomo
Nara
1959

15
Jean
Dubuffet
1901

16
Pierre-Auguste
Renoir
1841

17
Henri
Matisse
1869

18
George
Condo
1957

19
Lucio
Fontana
1899

20
Salvador
Dalí
1904

21
Ed
Ruscha
1937

22
René
Magritte
1898

23
Henry
Moore
1898

24
Fernand
Léger
1881

25
Alberto
Giacometti
1901

26
Zao
Wou-Ki
1920

27
Richard
Prince
1949

28
Max
Ernst
1891

29
Robert
Rauschenberg
1925

30
Claude
Monet
1840

31
KAWS

1974

31
Alighiero
Boetti
1940

33
Sam
Francis
1923

34
Frank
Stella
1936

35
Takashi
Murakami
1962

36
Pierre
Soulages
1919

37
Alex
Katz
1927

38
Helen
Frankenthaler
1928

39
Willem de
Kooning
1904

40
Joan
Mitchell
1925

41
Christo and
Jeanne-Claude

41
Jasper
Johns
1930

43
Tom
Wesselmann
1931

44
Cindy
Sherman
1954

45
Rembrandt
van Rijn
1606

46
Edgar
Degas
1834

47
Jonas
Wood
1977

48
Barbara
Hepworth
1903

49
Bernard
Buffet
1928

50
Cy
Twombly
1928

51
Wayne
Thiebaud
1920

52
Wassily
Kandinsky
1866

53
Lucian
Freud
1922

54
Raoul
Dufy
1877

55
Josef
Albers
1888

55
Günther
Förg
1952

57
Liu
Ye
1964

58
Maurits Cornelis
Escher
1898

59
Fernando
Botero
1932

60
Georg
Baselitz
1938

61
Francis
Bacon
1909

62
Yves
Klein
1928

63
Georges
Mathieu
1921

64
Robert
Indiana
1928

65
Jeff
Koons
1955

66
Georges
Braque
1882

67
Léonard Tsuguharu
Foujita
1886

68
Hans
Hartung
1904

69
Robert
Motherwell
1915

70
Sol
LeWitt
1928

71
Arman

1928

72
Kees van
Dongen
1877

73
François-Xavier
Lalanne
1927

74
Donald
Judd
1928

75
Auguste
Rodin
1840

76
Man
Ray
1890

77
Lee
Ufan
1936

78
Jean (Hans)
Arp
1886

79
Camille
Pissarro
1830

80
Joseph
Beuys
1921

81
Pierre
Bonnard
1867

82
Louise
Bourgeois
1911

83
Bridget
Riley
1931

84
Victor
Vasarely
1906

85
Jim
Dine
1935

86
Julian
Opie
1958

87
Antony
Gormley
1950

88
Louise
Nevelson
1899

89
Loie
Hollowell
1983

90
Chu
Teh-Chun
1920

91
Christopher
Wool
1955

91
Edvard
Munch
1863

93
Ellsworth
Kelly
1923

94
Jean-Paul
Riopelle
1923

94
Lynn
Chadwick
1914

96
Henri de
Toulouse-Lautrec
1864

96
Tracey
Emin
1963

98
Giorgio de
Chirico
1888

99
Karel
Appel
1921

99
Diego
Giacometti
1902

101
Robert
Longo
1953

102
Paul
Klee
1879

102
Niki de
Saint Phalle
1930

104
Cecily
Brown
1969

104
Rashid
Johnson
1977

106
Kenneth
Noland
1924

107
Serge
Poliakoff
1906

108
Albrecht
Dürer
1471

109
Eddie
Martinez
1977

110
Mark
Rothko
1903

111
Irving
Penn
1917

112
Sigmar
Polke
1941

112
Ayako
Rokkaku
1982

114
Ernst Ludwig
Kirchner
1880

115
Frank
Auerbach
1931

116
A.R.
Penck
1939

116
Édouard
Vuillard
1868

118
Salman
Toor
1983

119
Francis
Picabia
1879

120
Wifredo
Lam
1902

121
Avery
Singer
1987

122
Richard
Diebenkorn
1922

123
Mickalene
Thomas
1971

124
Günther
Uecker
1930

124
Isamu
Noguchi
1904

126
Richard
Serra
1938

127
Kenny
Scharf
1958

128
Sonia
Delaunay
1885

129
Vincent van
Gogh
1853

129
Georgia
O’Keeffe
1887

131
Robert
Mapplethorpe
1946

131
Matthew
Wong
1984

133
Emil
Nolde
1867

133
César

1921

133
Aboudia

1983

136
Antoni
Tàpies
1923

137
Milton
Avery
1885

138
Rufino
Tamayo
1899

139
Albert
Oehlen
1954

139
Anish
Kapoor
1954

139
James
Rosenquist
1933

142
Vik
Muniz
1961

143
Agnes
Martin
1912

144
Giorgio
Morandi
1890

144
Rudolf
Stingel
1956

146
Nicolas
Party
1980

147
Henri
Le Sidaner
1862

148
Egon
Schiele
1890

149
Amedeo
Modigliani
1884

149
Ben
Nicholson
1894

149
Eugène
Boudin
1824

149
Emily Mae
Smith
1979

153
Sanyu

1901

154
Hiroshi
Sugimoto
1948

155
Kazuo
Shiraga
1924

156
Peter
Doig
1959

157
Glenn
Ligon
1960

158
Sean
Scully
1945

159
Anselm
Kiefer
1945

159
Thomas
Schütte
1954

161
Claes
Oldenburg
1929

162
Claude
Lalanne
1924

163
Paul
Cézanne
1839

163
L.S.
Lowry
1887

163
Maurice
Utrillo
1883

163
Javier
Calleja
1971

167
Maurice de
Vlaminck
1876

167
Aristide
Maillol
1861

167
Mark
Bradford
1961

167
Louis
Valtat
1869

167
James
Ensor
1860

172
John
Baldessari
1931

173
Adrian
Ghenie
1977

174
Julian
Schnabel
1951

175
Marie
Laurencin
1883

175
Walasse
Ting
1929

175
Albert
Marquet
1875

178
Elizabeth
Peyton
1965

179
Dana
Schutz
1976

180
Brice
Marden
1938

180
Le
Pho
1907

182
Diego
Rivera
1886

182
Peter Paul
Rubens
1577

184
Julie
Mehretu
1970

185
Katherine
Bernhardt
1975

186
Sam
Gilliam
1933

187
Vija
Celmins
1938

187
Manolo
Valdés
1942

187
William
Kentridge
1955

190
Andreas
Gursky
1955

190
George
Grosz
1893

192
Max
Beckmann
1884

192
Stanley
Spencer
1891

194
Wolfgang
Tillmans
1968

194
Howard
Hodgkin
1932

194
Alice
Neel
1900

194
Odilon
Redon
1840

198
Larry
Rivers
1923

199
Invader

1969

199
Mr
Doodle
1994

199
Jadé
Fadojutimi
1993

202
Le
Corbusier
1887

202
Alexander
Archipenko
1887

204
André
Masson
1896

204
Shara
Hughes
1981

206
Helmut
Newton
1920

206
Ansel
Adams
1902

206
Paul
Signac
1863

206
Georges
Rouault
1871

206
Jean
Fautrier
1898

206
John
Lavery
1856

212
Winston
Churchill
1874

213
André
Derain
1880

213
Edward S.
Curtis
1868

213
Christo

1935

216
Jean
Prouvé
1901

217
Roberto
Matta
1911

217
Käthe
Kollwitz
1867

217
Marc
Quinn
1964

220
John
Chamberlain
1927

220
Moïse
Kisling
1891

220
Urs
Fischer
1973

223
Amoako
Boafo
1984

223
Mark
Grotjahn
1968

225
André
Brasilier
1929

226
Imi
Knoebel
1940

226
Jean-Baptiste-Camille
Corot
1796

226
Tony
Cragg
1949

226
Zhang
Xiaogang
1958

230
Sir Alfred
Munnings
1878

231
Nan
Goldin
1953

231
Mai Trung
Thu
1906

233
Peter
Beard
1938

233
Lee
Krasner
1908

233
Marino
Marini
1901

236
Bruce
Nauman
1941

236
Tamara de
Lempicka
1898

236
Zeng
Fanzhi
1964

239
Paul
Gauguin
1848

239
Jesús Rafael
Soto
1923

239
Norman
Rockwell
1894

242
Leonor
Fini
1908

243
Robert
Mangold
1937

244
Barbara
Kruger
1945

245
Louise
Lawler
1947

245
Sherrie
Levine
1947

247
Hans
Hofmann
1880

247
Jean
Cocteau
1889

249
Daniel
Arsham
1980

250
Eduardo
Chillida
1924

251
Lyonel
Feininger
1871

252
David
Hammons
1943

252
Thomas Hart
Benton
1889

252
Pierre
Alechinsky
1927

252
Simon
Hantaï
1922

256
Julie
Curtiss
1982

257
Genieve
Figgis
1972

258
Harland
Miller
1964

258
Joseph Mallord William
Turner
1775

258
Fairfield
Porter
1907

261
Franz
West
1947

261
Jackson
Pollock
1912

261
Stanley
Whitney
1946

264
Maria Helena
Vieira da Silva
1908

264
Mary
Cassatt
1844

264
Jenny
Holzer
1950

267
Ai
Weiwei
1957

267
Alberto
Burri
1915

267
Markus
Lüpertz
1941

270
Gilbert &
George

270
Auguste
Herbin
1882

272
Miquel
Barceló
1957

272
Paul
Jenkins
1923

272
David
Shrigley
1968

272
Francesco
Clemente
1952

272
Grace
Hartigan
1922

277
Thomas
Struth
1954

277
Jean
Royère
1902

277
Claire
Tabouret
1981

277
Ogden Minton
Pleissner
1905

281
Mike
Kelley
1954

281
Raymond
Pettibon
1957

281
Alfred
Sisley
1839

281
Frida
Kahlo
1907

281
Takis

1925

286
Piero
Manzoni
1933

287
Shepard
Fairey
1970

287
Max
Liebermann
1847

287
Piet
Mondrian
1872

287
George
Nakashima
1905

287
Joseph
Cornell
1903

292
Ugo
Rondinone
1964

293
Lynette
Yiadom-Boakye
1977

293
Martin
Kippenberger
1953

293
Constantin
Brancusi
1876

296
James Abbott McNeill
Whistler
1834

296
Enrico
Castellani
1930

296
Henri Jean Guillaume
Martin
1860

296
Jannis
Kounellis
1936

296
Victor
Pasmore
1908

296
Pat
Steir
1940

302
Adolph
Gottlieb
1903

302
Thomas
Ruff
1958

302
Otto
Dix
1891

302
Barry
Flanagan
1941

302
Hokusai

1760

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