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Art is a constant part of our world and with that, it’s constantly changing. New trends emerge every year that allow for new and interesting art to be created by artists old and new. With most things, the future brings new opportunities and ways for people to not only create art but to intake it as well. These new trends can help artists flex their creative muscles while also help audiences have a new appreciation for the medium. Here are a few art trends to keep an eye out for in the coming years.

Sustainability Will Become Important

Sustainability has become mainstream in many aspects of life, and art is no exception. One aspect of art sustainability is in how art gets shipped. Shipping any type of item can leave a rather deep carbon footprint due to how much waste it can produce. Because of this, people such as Andrew Stramentov have begun looking into creating sustainable shipping products that protect both the artwork and the environment. Shipping won’t be the only aspect that becomes more sustainable – the materials used by artists will as well. A lot of the materials used to create the art we love and know have had an ecological impact on the world and many artists are beginning to create art out of recycled materials, proving that art is all around us and we only need to use our imagination to create something beautiful.

The Internet Will Help Art Thrive

As with most industries, the internet is having a large impact on art. The not only makes looking at art more accessible, but it also affects how people go about buying artwork, especially after COVID-19 rocked the world. Last March, shortly after COVID-19 was deemed a worldwide pandemic, Jodi Pollack chose to move her mid-season sale online. While this was originally concerning for her and others in her department, it ended in their favor. The sale made a whopping $4 million, which was the highest-ever online sale for Sotheby’s 20th Century Design of which Pollack co-heads. Sotheby’s had the usual 31 countries bidding on their various pieces with 29 first-time buyers in the design category and some even doing business with the firm for the first time ever. Fast forward to April and Sotheby’s brought in around $36 million, which doubled what they made in the same period the previous year. 

Artists Will No Longer Be Exclusive

In the art world, artists have historically been taken on by large galleries that fund their work in exchange for exclusivity on displaying said artwork. This often leads to the smaller dealers that helped build that artist being left on the wayside. While this is as things have usually been, it seems that many artists are working to retain all of their relationships regardless of money or fame. Examples include Henry Taylor retaining his connection to Blum & Poe after moving on to Hauser & Wirth, or Nicole Eisenman staying in touch with Anton Kern and Cielmetter Los Angeles after being taken on by Hauser & Kern as well. Galleries are beginning to understand that in order to have a great relationship with artists, they have to cross-pollinate and allow artists to expand their careers as much as possible. For some artists, that may include staying independent and never siding with a particular gallery. This gives artists more power, which, as the true masterminds in the art world, is what they deserve.