The art world of 2021 will be very different from the one we had last year. The pandemic has impacted the art world’s landscape and it has changed to adapt. One of the main outcomes has been an increase in virtual engagement to meet everyone’s artistic needs. We have also seen a rise in the popularity of various artistic subjects, as well as a more exploratory approach towards artists and creativity. There has been a boom in online art exhibitions and virtual installations. This, along with a greater appreciation for nature. Discover Artspers’ predictions for the five major trends in the art market for 2021!
1. Virtual Art Exhibitions
Online platforms are quickly replacing galleries and museums in 2020. They allow people to enjoy artistic experiences right from their own homes. This trend is here to stay, for better or worse. Major museums are already moving to the internet to display high-resolution art exhibitions. The Centre Pompidou has the extraordinary Matisse exhibit. A whole host of exhibitions were held in January. Online artistic experiences can be enjoyed at your favorite museums and exhibition spaces. You can start by visiting the Paris Palais de Tokyo exhibition Anticorps. Or, you can visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s upcoming online exhibit Surrealism and Magic. Enchanted Modernity. All these exhibitions are available online, so you don’t have to travel anywhere to see them.
2. 3D Motion Graphic Design is on the Rise
We have witnessed a growing interest in the virtual world as an art trend. This has led to the rise of digital 3D motion graphics design. This art form is innovative and has attracted the attention of many emerging artists around the world. 3D motion graphics has seen cities reimagined using large, imaginative animated images. Many people find inspiration in the empty streets created by various lockdowns. Vadim Soloviov ( @solovyewadim) pictured Saint Petersburg as a giant fleet of stingrays in the sky. Shane ( @shanef3D), a motion designer who filled New York City with 3D art like floating hearts and packages racing through transparent pipes, was another example. These animated artworks are perfect for entering the digital age of art thanks to the popularity of online exhibitions.
3. A renewed appreciation for nature
Nature has been an inspiration source for artists throughout history. It has become more meaningful as people look to nature for stability. Artists created creative pieces to help people reconnect with the outside world. A $35 million landscape by Hockney was sold to Philips in 2020. This is a great example of scenes from nature. We believe representations of nature will rise in 2021, whether it is sweeping hills or vast seascapes.
This is also related to the growing awareness about the environment. Many artists have already taken part in the fight against climate change through their art. Olafur Eliasson (OBEY ), Shephard Farey, and Agnes Denes are just a few examples. Many artists are now using recycled materials in their art creations. This is a trend we believe will continue to grow as the climate crisis becomes a more pressing issue.
4. Contemporary African Art is Increasingly Popular
This is one art trend that has already made a mark in the last few years, and it is only going to continue. This market was already a hugely international one and attracted collectors from all over the world. The pandemic’s main problem was not the online switch. Online purchases are already easy for collectors. This flexibility, combined with high-quality works at affordable prices, will be a major asset to the African contemporary art market by 2021. Artsper has a wide selection of stunning African artists.
5. Street Art continues to grow
Street art is a very popular tradition. In response to the pandemic, however, there has been an unmistakable rise in street art. It is used to express gratitude, praise, and encouragement of different sections of society around the globe. Banksy made his mark naturally with his piece The Game Changer. This powerful mural shows a child playing with a nurse who dresses up as a superhero, while superman and batman are left behind in a trashcan. Corie Mattie, an LA artist, created a touching series called Hope Dealer, with a yellow warning mural: ‘Cancel plans. Not Humanity.
The pandemic topic was again mixed with the political turmoil in 2020, with street artists making poignant remarks. One example of this was in Hong Kong, where a tag stated: “There can’t be a return to normal because it was the problem in its first place.” These examples can be found everywhere and will continue being used as a coping mechanism to deal with the uncertainty today.
It is difficult to predict where the art world will go in the changing world that we live in today. It seems that the virtual world of 2020 will be around for quite some time. This is also because our desire to be outdoors in nature will increase, and artistic representations will reflect that. These are our predictions for 2021.
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