No luck with the Banksy auction? Invest in one of these artists instead
Picked by the Soho House art team, these emerging names are worth checking out. Who knows, they could be the next big thing
Thursday 11 August 2022 By Anastasiia Fedorova
Sotheby’s biannual Banksy sale, one of the most mainstream-followed art auctions, opens for bidding today. Whether or not it’s to your taste and budget (certain works are estimated to go for six-figure sums), it inevitably sparks curiosity for the contemporary art economy. For both avid art collectors and those just dipping their toes in, buying art is a quest for acquiring that rare gem – a way to support creative talent and covet something original and meaningful.
So, to mark the occasion, we asked Sara Terzi and Jack Lazenby from the Soho House art team to pick five of the most interesting (and affordable) emerging artists to buy for either your existing collection or as the perfect debut piece for your first.
taylor barnes, Soho House Austin
taylor barnes uses fibre, charcoal and clay to present portraits of Black women that explore themes of race, representation, and visibility. Her practice is inspired by both oral histories and critical writers such as Octavia Butler and bell hooks (like hooks, barnes prefers to spell her name in lowercase as a way to focus on ideas rather identity).
Sula Bermúdez-Silverman, Holloway House
Sula Bermúdez-Silverman is based in New York and was raised in Los Angeles, California. Her art is predominantly sculptural, using various mediums such as insects, found objects, and hair. These sometimes macabre or surreal juxtapositions draw on her personal experiences and speak to broader dynamics of power. Her work interrogates how axes of power such as gender, race and religion inform our cultural history.