KAWS, THE KAWS ALBUM, which sold for $14.8 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong, setting a new record for the artist. Courtesy of Sotheby's.
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KAWS, THE KAWS ALBUM, which sold for $14.8 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong, setting a new record for the artist. Courtesy of Sotheby's.
KAWS, THE KAWS ALBUM, which sold for $14.8 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, setting a new record for the artist. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Cover: KAWS, THE KAWS ALBUM, which sold for $14.8 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, setting a new record for the artist. Courtesy of Sotheby’s. 
 

In the last decade, the Internet has been gaining a lot of attention in the art world. For artists, it has become a new way to self-promote allowing them to reach audiences around the world in a matter of a few clicks. Social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter are an easy way to follow our favourite artists and even reach out to them directly.

Below, we present a list of seven most interesting artists present in virtual reality. Some of them rose to prominence before the Internet revolution of the 21st century and some have gained international attention more recently. Keep an eye on them – you’ll definitely see their names in the headlines again!

 

Banksy @banksy

In the last decade, Banksy has become a synonym of contemporary street art. This English artist whose identity is still a mystery, is famous for his satirical works touching on the subject of politics and his anti-establishment attitude. His Instagram profile can surprise – that’s where Banksy posts his new works, always accompanied by the artist’s thoughts and comments on the current socio-political situation.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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. . My wife hates it when I work from home.

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. Fire door, Bataclan

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Kara Walker @kara_walker_official

Her career began when she won a MacArthur Fellows (1997) at 28, becoming one of the youngest recipients of the prize. Her recent achievements include ‘Fons Americanus,’ an impressive fountain created in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall as part of yearly Hyundai Commission organised by the museum. You can take a closer look at the installation on Walker’s Instagram profile where she documented the artistic process behind it as well as other works dealing with the issues of racism, identity and violence.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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She is still here, holding the space of the Turbine Hall for us. Thanks to the Risk, Health and Safety manager Stephan Venter @stephanventer1977 for sending these pictures and keeping watch. There is no concrete word yet on the Tate reopening but it at this stage we are all better safe than sorry. Hopefully we can all have a last look at her in person. No guarantees, Like life… I have had many inquiries lately about the proposed fate of the Fons Americanus and I wish I had a more perfect answer. Making a monumental structure for temporary display raises so many questions. Structurally, there is the problem of the materials and their longevity- it’s not stone as would be the case with something more permanent, although it is pretty solid stuff. At the outset I wanted to raise questions about the form and the purpose of memorials- how, the longer they stand, the more forgotten they become, their meanings a mere background hum – and there is something beautiful about the loss of it- ensuring that the historical legacy the work proposes to investigate is alive and living out here among us in our collective memory, driving our actions as memory does. On the other hand- and in reality- we want and need to see and be around the fountain in order to discuss it. So why destroy it, what good can it do when it’s gone? There is the matter of context and cost, the time and money is a reality that is daunting to me alone, but as we all know, where there’s a will, there’s a way. I think money really needs to be spent saving lives, and shoring up our healthcare (in the U.S. especially) but there’s always a need for art. So you know. It’s not like I want to destroy the work, I just found myself without a garage large enough to keep it in 😉 Be well out there. Kara #turbinehall @tate @sikkemajenkins @francesmarymorris

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1997 dear was a very good year. @therenaissancesociety

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KAWS @kaws

The American artist behind the acronym, Brian Donnelly, is known for his colourful works inspired by contemporary pop culture. Lately, KAWS has become one of the most desired artists among the young generation of collectors, celebrities and music stars like Pharrell Williams. KAWS reputation on the art market was confirmed in 2019 when his painting ‘THE KAWS ALBUM,’ inspired by The Simpsons was auctioned for $14mln at Sotheby’s. His Instagram profile breaks popularity records as well and has more than 3mln followers.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Happy Birthday @sklamallrightsreserved !

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Reposting this for @jontywilde because he’s an incredible talent and a pretty great human! My books wouldn’t be the same without him! Read below… #Repost @jontywilde ・・・ To all professionals in the film, television, theatre, entertainment and arts world, join the challenge to post a photo of you in your job. Just a picture, no description. The goal is to flood social media with our profession. Copy the text and post a pic. #SaveTheArts

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Tracey Emin @traceyeminstudio

This controversial British artist is famous for her provocative, autobiographical and confessional artwork. Her recent works include expressive nudes and neon text including elements of emotional poetry but it’s her installations that made her truly famous. In 1999, Tracey Emin was nominated for Turner Prize for ‘My Bed,’ a readymade installation consisting of an unmade bed in which the artist had spent several weeks during a depressive episode. Eventually, Emin didn’t get the award but her artwork drew large crowds to the Tate and brought her international fame. Fifteen years later, the infamous bed was sold at auction for a whopping £2.5mln. The artist is most active on her Twitter profile where she shares her newest work and exhibitions.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Now

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Today on BBC Radio 4 at 1:00pm BST, The World This Weekend Tracey Emin reads a love poem to Margate.

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Kehinde Wiley @kehindewiley

This New York based painter is famous for his distinctive naturalistic portraits of young black men and women. In his work, he often uses traditional motifs and symbols mixed with contemporary culture elements discussing the issues of race and identity. He gained international fame in 2017 when he was commissioned to paint Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Check out his unique, colourful paintings and other works on his Instagram profile.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kehinde Wiley “Officer of the Hussars” 2007 oil on linen 9×9 feet @diadetroit @kehindewiley #blacklivesmatter

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Kehinde Wiley’s monumental painting “Sleep” is now on view at the Nelson Atkins Museum in the 30 Americans exhibition. The show presents American experiences as told from the distinct perspectives of 30 African American artists. #kehindewiley , Sleep 2008 – from the series Down, oil on canvas, 132 x 300 inches. Photo credit: @girlseesart @nelsonatkins @rubellcollection @kehindewiley @seankellyny

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Damien Hirst @damienhirst

The richest living artist in the world has been generating major controversy in the art world for years. 25 years ago, he won Turner Prize for his ‘Mother and Child Divided’ – a sculpture consisting of glass-walled tanks containing bisected animals preserved in formaldehyde solution, which gave rise to his international fame making him one of the most successful and sought-after contemporary artists.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I’m featured on the Gagosian Gallery Artist Spotlight this week. They’re looking back at some older series I’ve made like Visual Candy paintings from the 1990s and also some more recent ones like the Veil Paintings which I made in 2017 and 2018. There’s some bunf about me, some essays, videos and a short interview with me! me! me, so go check it out if you’re interested! @gagosian

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Happy birthday to me @sophieambercannell

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Cindy Sherman @cindysherman

In 1999, four years after receiving MacArthur Fellowship, she was listed as one of top 10 living artists by the ARTnews magazine. In her photographs, Sherman explores femininity, body – often deformed, eating disorders and often engages in a play with stereotypes. In 2011, one of her photographs was sold for almost $4mln, making her one of the most recognisable and influential contemporary artists.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks(?) @robertasmithnyt for nominating me to make a rainbow? For each rainbow creation @yumi or #rainbowsInWindows will donate a months worth of food to @feedingamerica to help support families in need. I nominate @jackwatteau @lauriesimmons @helewin and @alexauder ???(process: Facetune)

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Hey

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About The Author

Aleksandra
Mainka-Pawłowska

Art historian and art writer based in London. She is currently studying for an MA in art market and appraisal at Kingston University.

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