CONTEMPORARY ASIAN ARTISTS
Since we last published a list of our top twenty most-searched Asian artists in July 2010 there have been some surprising changes including the bumping of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami off the list.
The 2011 list covers the period from October 2010, when we moved our website to the platform it is on now, to the end of June 2011. We cannot claim that this list is a reliable proxy for the most-searched Asian contemporary artists on the Internet overall. (Take a look at our disclaimer at the bottom of this article for more on why.) However, we do think the list throws up some fascinating data, particularly when compared with our lists from 2010 and 2009.
Without further ado… the list.
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Correction, 17 August 2012: Art Radar mistakenly included New Zealand artists Lisa Reihana and Andy Leleisi’uao in our list of the most-searched Asian artists on our platform. As New Zealand is not located in Asia (according to the United Nations geographic classification scheme), we have since removed the name of these artists. We apologise for any confusion or dismay that this has caused the artists and those in association with them, along with our readers.
Changes to the top 5: 2009 to 2011
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has held the number one spot for the past two editions of this list but has now been bumped off the list entirely. In his place is Chinese text artist Tsang Kin-Wah. But why? Tsang’s work, most notably his video series “The Seven Seals” (ongoing since 2009), has been exhibited regularly over the past few years in a number of top biennales including the 10th Biennale de Lyon, the 17th Biennale of Sydney and the Aichi Triennale 2010. His much-promoted Mori Art Museum solo will run from 17 September 2011 to 15 January 2012.
Iranian new media artist Farhad Ahrarnia moves up to number two from his 2010 and 2009 spot of number fourteen. His work was included in “Bringing the War Home“, an exhibition held at Impressions Gallery in the United Kingdom in late 2010, and more recently in “Zendegi: Twelve Contemporary Iranian Artists“, held in Beirut from April to May 2011 and curated by Rose Issa Projects. Chinese light artist Li Hui has also been exhibiting around the globe in 2010 and 2011, and the attention this has drawn to his work is likely what has placed him fifth in our list.
Not surprisingly, multi-disciplined Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is listed at number three. The artist has been in the public eye for most of 2010 and 2011, not just for his monumental and politically motivated works, such as Sunflower Seeds held at Tate Modern from October 2010 to May 2011, but also because of his 2011 detention and subsequent release by the Chinese government.
Does this list match your expectations? If not, which artist (or artists) would you have expected to make this list? Leave a comment below.
Disclaimer: This list is not a reliable proxy for the most-searched artists on the Internet overall. If we have not written a post on or tagged an artist, search engines will not bring us traffic for this search term and it will not appear in our traffic analysis statistics. Art Radar is still young, having just celebrated its third birthday, so it is quite possible that we have not yet covered some higly-searched artists. Even if we have referenced an artist on our site and the artist is highly searched, the searcher will not come to us unless we have a high page ranking for the story on search engines. For example, if the post is, say, after page four of search engine results, the searcher is not as likely to find our post and the search term will not appear in our stats. Finally, even if we have written a post on a searched artist and that post is ranked highly, it may be that other stories on the same page are more alluring than ours and readers do not find their way to us.
- Ai Weiwei transparent communicator: Interview Tate’s Juliet Bingham – Part I – February 2011 – guest writer Pippa Dennis goes in-depth with the curator of Ai’s Sunflower Seeds showing
- Takashi Murakami number 3 in VernissageTV top 10 videos for 2010 – January 2011 – Murakami outranks Ai Weiwei with French exhibition interview
- Documentary and art photography crossover exhibition attempts to portray alternate realities of war – October 2010 – work by Farhad Ahrarnia features in this exhibition
- Young Chinese artist Li Hui lights up Netherlands: an Art Radar interview – September 2010 – Who’s afraid of Red, Amber and Green?
- Which Chinese artists are among the big names at Louis Vuitton Passion show in Hong Kong? NY Times review – June 2009 – Tsang Kin-Wah, number one on our list, was invited to participate
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