I went and visited the Art Renewal Center’s website this morning. They have a list they’ve released that claims to be the top 225 most popular artists in history based on web searches. All of the artists are representational. They also claim it debunks the modernist’s propoganda that modernists lead the popularity contest.
If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, my article/blog post titled “When is Real Art Fake?” touches on the art-style popularity issue.
While I whole-heartedly agree that representational (what most people call “realistic”) art is by far the most popular art collected today, I am skeptical about the ARC’s findings. If I’m reading it correctly, results are based on searches conducted on their website alone. As their supporters and visiters are pre-disposed to represenational art, the search results would reflect this bias.
ARC pages are graphics-rich, and load slowly, so be patient. To view the ARC article and list, click here: