In todays’ article we present to you the most expensive living American artists. According to auction results we find the usual suspects, as well as some surprises making the list. The selection mostly demonstrates a taste for Americana, with over-the-top objects that reference a peculiarly American innocence or with very different artworks that defy this aesthetic and posture. Overall, the artists definitely engage with the country’s culture and history.
Among them, unsurprisingly, we find Jeff Koons who’s ”Balloon Dog (Orange)” went for $58.4 million and thus broke the world’s record for the highest price ever paid for an artwork by a living artist. Jasper Johns who’s ”Flag” became his top selling work when it sold for $28.6 in 2010, Christopher Wool’s ”Apocalypse Now” sold for $26.5 million, as well as Brice Marden’s ”The Attended” which broke the 10 million mark when it sold for $10.9 million.
Going down the list we find Bruce Nauman’s ”Henry Moore” a plaster and wax sculpture that sold for $9.9 million and Robert Ryman’s minimalist “Untitled” painting sold for $9.7 million in 2006. Richard Prince’s ”Overseas Nurse” sold for $8.5 million in 2008 and David Hammon’s “Untitled” sculpture of a basketball hoop and backboard, fashioned from steel, crystal, brass and frosted glass, sold for 8 million in 2013.
The finalists are Ed Ruscha’s ”Burning Gas Station” an oil and graphite work on canvas which sold for just under 7 million in 2007 and Cady Noland’s ”Oozewald” sold for $6.6 million in 2011.
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