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Art’s youngest millionaire: Meet 27-year-old Anna Weyant – The New Indian Express

Sotheby’s is used to millions and millionaires. The big names in American art who bring millions to the venerable auction house founded in 1744 are Ed Ruscha, Francis Bacon and Cy Twombly. Now a new star has been born, earning $1.6 million for 27-year-old Anna Weyant’s “Falling Woman.”

In April, a still life of her sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong for $513,900, 10 times the market estimate. His show at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles last year sold out. Untitled by Weyant offered at auction at Phillips, depicting a pair of bare long legs, sold for four times its estimate in the same year. Weyant’s work is auctioned at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips. “Summertime” (2020) raked in $1.5 million last month against an estimate of $200,000-300,000. On May 18, “Buffet II” sold for $730,000; its predicted price range was $100,000 to $150,000.

“Falling Woman” shows a woman upside down with partially exposed breasts and a startled open mouth – only her eyes are oddly stoic. The inspiration was an Edward Gorey illustration of a girl stumbling down a flight of stairs; Weyant’s title is a visual pun on the phrase “fallen woman.” Dark humor permeates Weyant’s art; for example, “The End”, a depiction of two perfectly formed bare bottoms, was placed near the exit wall of the gallery.

His paintings mostly depict women and still lifes, all in muted tones paired with black, grays, and browns. She begins by making drawings and sketches before embarking on a canvas, a model from a model or a mannequin. Weyant sometimes uses photographs for reference. The latest marker in the meteoric rise of the blonde-eyed Canadian artist living in New York City secures representation by the illustrious Gagosian Gallery; Weyant is the youngest name on the formidable roster of the world’s largest art empire.

It’s a dream shot – it usually takes a painter decades to achieve what Weyant did in less than a year. Artnet News reported last year that she was dating the gallery’s eponymous founder Larry Gagosian, 77; the gallery declined to comment.

However, Weyant has been on a roll ever since she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a fine arts degree in 2017. A lot of people were asking me about her at the time. She had just done her first show at Blum & Poe. There was obviously a lot of interest in the company in the market. It was so hard to get them to the entry level, they missed a show. These auction results also generate and attract a lot of attention. Rightly or wrongly, that’s something people will notice, and the fact that she changed the gallery representation towards the start of our view is also a relevant factor, especially Gagosian, who is the biggest world gallery.

Duality or deliberate concealment, or both, we don’t know when describing the hottest new celebrity in the art world. Artists need Instagram like a painter needs a canvas. Although Weyant’s paintings abound on Instagram with countless hashtags, she is no longer on the site. Interestingly, her painting “Reposing V” is a soft dig into social media showing a woman with one leg up being photographed by a hand in a mirror holding an iPhone. Weyant told Laster, “Humor can be a way to control discomfort.

Mark Twain said something about humor being “tragedy plus time”. If there is humor in my work, it probably goes hand in hand with some kind of weird misery. ‘Reposing V’ reflects the malice of a young woman deployed as an interrogation weapon. There’s a mocking class to Weyant’s art that displays an eccentric wit; the seductive poses of “Friday” (2019) and “Uh Huh Honey” (2019) feature cheeky humor. Weyant told art critic Emma Grayson in an interview, “I’m interested in corrupt (but still playful) characters and tragicomic narratives. My characters are often self-reflexive and mostly young women. I seek humor in the shock of youth rebellion and repression, and in the seemingly paradoxical idea of ​​misbehaving in a structured and controlled environment.

Every serious artist is influenced by masters; Weyant’s inspiration comes from a library of the creative mind – Gerrit van Honthorst, Judith Leyster, Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi and Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, and contemporary artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Alice Neel, Balthus and Magritte . If she could travel back in time, Weyant would certainly study in Baroque Rome or Amsterdam in the 1600s. American painter Elizabeth Peyton estimates that 10 brush strokes are needed to capture someone’s likeness. A brush stroke of Weyant costs 10 times the price. When asked about choosing a career in art, she joked, “At one point it occurred to me that I’m otherwise untalented.” Such confident self-mockery worked in his favor, and how!