Turbulence of 2020 could not but affect the development of contemporary art. Artists create projects about social distance and isolation. Gallery owners open group exhibitions in safe locations - for example, CHA SCHA exhibition in the forest. Collectors got some free time to delve into the Russian art market, which shifted the focus of their interests. We noticed that most of post-isolation requests from both beginners and professional collectors can be combined into several trends we decided to talk about.
1.Female artists. It is not the first year that the Western art market has shown growing demand for the work of female artists, and this is an international trend. We’ve also seen growing interest towards female artists among the guests of the gallery. This is not surprising as here we see an ideal model of collecting: judging by Western indicators, prices for the art of female artists will continue to grow for a long time, and among the works of Russian authors there is a huge selection of strong and interesting works. For example, on JART.market one of the most popular works is the silk screen print "Window" by artist Irina Korina, who represented Russia at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
2.New materials. More often then not the emergence of a new material in an established art form is met with skepticism. The same resistance has accompanied the spread of 3D printing in contemporary art. However, today we we see young collectors changing their attitude. Perhaps the innovative nature of the material is more in line with the spirit of the times, and works performed in these techniques reflect the modern world better. For example, artist Dima Gorbunov spoke about this when he created a series of sculptures "Rare Molecule" for "5NT" project.
3.Hand-finish prints. Along with archaic ideas about traditional materials, skepticism about printing on canvas is also becoming a thing of the past. At the same time, artists often finish their prints, literally “finish with their hand” (hand-finish). The edition basis allows to reduce the cost threshold, while using hand techniques makes the work unique. Zorikto Dorzhiev was one of the first artists on the Russian market to master this technique, which allowed a large number of collectors to own his works.