Goodbye 2019, and welcome 2020s: a recap of the past year

Posted on Dec - 23 - 2019

As the streets are hyped and the offices are frenzied to get things done before the year sizzles out, there is also a feeling of contemplation or just overall excitement as 2019 comes to an end and welcomes a new decade. Looking back at the year that has past, in Scoop Art we welcome you to celebrate our artist's accomplishments as well as reflect over the many trends in the art world that are defining art world and will surely impact the years to come. 


1. The Future is (almost) Female

Although there is a still significant gender imbalance in the art world, things are starting to change. Recent years have seen female artists from around the world being given a space to showcase their work to larger audiences, by including them in more exhibitions or reviewing their individual work. Also, their presence at auctions has significantly increased, as Sotheby’s states that the prices for female artists have accelerated more rapidly than for their male counterparts in the last decade, increasing a staggering 73% between 2012 and 2018. Nevertheless, this percentage is still mainly taken up by a handful of female artists. Part of this interest has also seen research focus on recovering unsung artists that modern or contemporary history had overlooked. One such example is Carmen Herrera, who at 104 received long-overdue acclaim for her minimalistic work, selling her first artwork in 2004, having a solo show at the Whitney Museum in 2016 and selling at Sotheby’s auction in 2019 at $2.9 million. There have been many great collective exhibitions in the last decade, centering on women such as “Women of Abstract Expressionism” (2016-2017), “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–1985” and the groundbreaking exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985” curated by Andrea Giunta and Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, that originated as part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. This exhibition not only presented familiar names from Latin American art, like Ana Mendieta and Marta Minujin but also shed light on a generation of women who denounced both violence and the atrocities being committed at a time of political and social unrest. It seems that this movement will continue to gain force into the new decade and hopefully Latin American female artists will receive further attention for their amazing work.

courtesy: Hammer Museum

2. From the art world to the digital realm

One of the most disruptive technologic effects of the last decade has been the permeation of social media into our everyday lives. In 2010, Instagram was launched, and what started out as a network of personal digital accounts, soon became a platform for artists and an unexpected and powerful marketing tool. Before the social media revolution, artists typically relied on their galleries to represent them to the world, acting as gatekeepers, and had limited options in terms of their own self-promotion. Yet, as author Tim Schneider, the seafaring immersions into digital oceans, the democratic promises of this new arena can also backfire, as the tyranny of options arose, where it becomes more difficult for new buyers to navigate the oversaturated online salons. 


Additionally, the need for hyperreal aesthetics affected how institutions and galleries also prioritize and design exhibitions, measuring how Instragramable an artist or his works can be, as well as new considerations to provide visitors with the perfect background for their daily feed. As many innovative changes, Instagram has changed how art is perceived and displayed as well as welcoming new audiences, for better or worse.


Besides social media, the physical spaces of galleries are being threatened by the digital and rent-less presence of online galleries. As auctions and websites, such as Artsy join the market, their competitive advantages are tilting the attention of buyers and making higher net profits than their traditional counterparts. Although this is not always the case, small and medium galleries will most likely be pressured to assess their traditional business models and change with the times. 


3. Scoop Artist’s accomplishment for 2019 

This year at Scoop Art, we welcomed new artists to join our network. Among the talented group, we are excited to represent artist Jamie Bishop, as her engaging and innovative work has made her a central figure in Guatemalan Art, influencing a new generation of artists. We also welcomed Carlos Pérez, another Guatemalan-born artist, based in Vienna, whose colorful and powerful compositions appropriate elements from Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, to depict scenes from everyday life, with mischievous twists. Further, the second part of 2019 saw Sandra Monterroso participation in various international exhibitions, including Cosmopolis: #2 at Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as This Must be a Place for Hummingbirds, alongside Alfredo Ceibal. 


From the team at Scoop Art, we look back at the previous years and look forward to what 2020 will bring and welcome you to share the journey into the new decade with us.  

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

courtesy: Sandra Monterroso

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