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Top 100 artists on Artsy, October 2018

top 100 artists on artsy October 2018

What are the art world's most popular artists? One method is to look at the most-followed artists on Artsy.net. If an artist is in a museum, gallery, or auction house, then they are most likely going to have a presence on Artsy.net. The site does a great job of adding new artworks for current and past artists. People follow artists on Artsy to see these newly added works. Plus, if you follow an artist, you get updates on exhibits and auctions. 

People love following artists on artsy, myself included. Given the large number of people with accounts on Artsy, there's enough of a sample size to have fun with the data. 

I put together a loose list of 300 top artists in the art world. I'm certain there are artists missing; this is only a start. From that 300, we can somewhat safely say that I probably caught the top 100 artists. This list is not an official list from Artsy. It's from me manually going to their site and recording the following count for each artist. 

Take a look at this list, and enjoy. Maybe you'll discover some artists in this list you never heard of! Or maybe you'll be surprised at how high (or low) certain artists rank. 

  1. Pablo Picasso: 118,681 followers
  2. Andy Warhol: 108,087 followers
  3. Banksy: 98,702 followers
  4. Jean-Michel Basquiat: 91,954 followers
  5. Roy Lichtenstein: 75,374 followers
  6. Damien Hirst: 63,703 followers
  7. Francis Bacon: 63,263 followers
  8. Keith Haring: 60,150 followers
  9. Ai Weiwei: 55,772 followers
  10. Jeff Koons: 52,029 followers
  11. Marcel Duchamp: 49,058 followers
  12. Hiroshi Sugimoto: 46,474 followers
  13. Frank Stella: 46,326 followers
  14. Helmut Newton: 38,048 followers
  15. Shepard Fairey: 35,817 followers
  16. John Baldessari: 35,406 followers
  17. Tom Wesselmann: 34,878 followers
  18. Nobuyoshi Araki: 34,811 followers
  19. Mark Rothko: 28,873 followers
  20. Juan Gris: 26,943 followers
  21. Georges Braque: 24,546 followers
  22. Vincent van Gogh: 23,625 followers
  23. Salvador Dalí: 22,873 followers
  24. Claude Monet: 21,936 followers
  25. Henri Matisse: 19,791 followers
  26. Cindy Sherman: 19,341 followers
  27. David Hockney: 18,377 followers
  28. Egon Schiele: 17,432 followers
  29. Joan Miró: 16,695 followers
  30. Takashi Murakami: 16,162 followers
  31. Yayoi Kusama: 16,039 followers
  32. Gustav Klimt: 15,461 followers
  33. Ed Ruscha: 15,384 followers
  34. Wassily Kandinsky: 14,548 followers
  35. Jackson Pollock: 13,766 followers
  36. Robert Indiana: 13,131 followers
  37. Donald Judd: 12,440 followers
  38. George Condo: 12,229 followers
  39. Jenny Saville: 12,143 followers
  40. Andreas Gursky: 11,904 followers
  41. Willem de Kooning: 11,899 followers
  42. Gerhard Richter: 11,621 followers
  43. Robert Mapplethorpe: 11,582 followers
  44. Robert Rauschenberg: 11,476 followers
  45. KAWS: 10,142 followers
  46. Cy Twombly: 10,101 followers
  47. Sol LeWitt: 10,035 followers
  48. Pierre-Auguste Renoir: 10,007 followers
  49. Lucian Freud: 9,913 followers
  50. René Magritte: 9,610 followers
  1. Ellsworth Kelly: 9,547 followers
  2. Edvard Munch: 9,513 followers
  3. Alexander Calder: 9,456 followers
  4. Jim Dine: 9,323 followers
  5. Edgar Degas: 9,316 followers
  6. Josef Albers: 9,293 followers
  7. Paul Klee: 9,278 followers
  8. Cecily Brown: 9,107 followers
  9. Mr. Brainwash: 8,932 followers
  10. Alec Monopoly: 8,922 followers
  11. Richard Prince: 8,832 followers
  12. Louise Bourgeois: 8,802 followers
  13. Tracey Emin: 8,692 followers
  14. Yoshitomo Nara: 8,680 followers
  15. Man Ray: 8,478 followers
  16. Anish Kapoor: 7,973 followers
  17. Anselm Kiefer: 7,873 followers
  18. Robert Motherwell: 7,864 followers
  19. Lucio Fontana: 7,736 followers
  20. Barbara Kruger: 7,677 followers
  21. Fernand Léger: 7,372 followers
  22. Wolfgang Tillmans: 7,266 followers
  23. Max Ernst: 7,064 followers
  24. Chuck Close: 6,965 followers
  25. Marina Abramovic: 6,945 followers
  26. Irving Penn: 6,943 followers
  27. Gregory Crewdson: 6,940 followers
  28. Jenny Holzer: 6,890 followers
  29. Ellen von Unwerth: 6,485 followers
  30. Wayne Thiebaud: 6,484 followers
  31. Sally Mann: 6,435 followers
  32. Georg Baselitz: 6,293 followers
  33. William Eggleston: 6,232 followers
  34. Nan Goldin: 6,204 followers
  35. Marc Chagall: 6,038 followers
  36. Franz Kline: 6,002 followers
  37. Olafur Eliasson: 5,961 followers
  38. John Singer Sargent: 5,926 followers
  39. Helen Frankenthaler: 5,915 followers
  40. Jasper Johns: 5,899 followers
  41. Alex Katz: 5,747 followers
  42. Thomas Ruff: 5,556 followers
  43. Joseph Cornell: 5,552 followers
  44. Kerry James Marshall: 5,318 followers
  45. Philip-Lorca diCorcia: 5,163 followers
  46. Georgia O'Keeffe: 5,040 followers
  47. Kiki Smith: 4,961 followers
  48. Annie Leibovitz: 4,857 followers
  49. Yves Klein: 4,808 followers
  50. Diane Arbus: 4,707 followers

Any surprises? Am I missing anyone? Please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you! 

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