Visual Artist Rankings. Who is #1?

I was surprised to recently learn that, just like Hollywood celebs have their kooky mathematical rankings on “box office power” or whatever, visual artists are also apparently not immune to a ranking system. Over at Artfacts.Net, they seem to have a reasonably sophisticated algorithm that ranks heavy hitting visual artists. Andy Warhol is #1. There are two photographers in the top 20. Can you guess them? Click the ‘continue reading’ link below to find out and to see the top 50.

Cindy Sherman is number 7 and Andreas Gursky (love him) is #17. Shame on you to everyone who guessed Annie Leibovitz or Ansel Adams. Here’s the top 50:

Artfacts.net has the top 100 along with 191,000 artist biographies. Thanks to James for pointing this out via PDN. [BTW, James the note you put in your email with this link was quite funny: "Maybe we can rank Nobel Peace Prize winners next. Or dads. My dad is better than your dad. He makes more money.]

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20 Responses to Visual Artist Rankings. Who is #1?

  1. phoebeT October 7, 2008 at 10:52 pm #

    How is Gursky possibly behind Cindy Sherman?

  2. Q October 7, 2008 at 11:37 pm #

    I knew about the rankings, and wondered how it worked… I don’t really need to know. I do find it interesting, and a little exciting that a self portraitist is the highest ranking photographer.

  3. Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 1:17 am #

    jeff wall’s also a photographer…

  4. James Hill October 8, 2008 at 1:40 am #

    as is man ray.

  5. James Hill October 8, 2008 at 1:42 am #

    woops.. sorry.. re-read the part about the top 20… hehe.

  6. Tao October 8, 2008 at 3:10 am #

    Ed Ruscha has done photography, the most well know of this being Twentysix Gasoline Stations. Gerhard Richter does photo-paintings.

  7. Chase Jarvis October 8, 2008 at 6:57 am #

    I also really dig Ruscha, although he’s definitely more of a painter. Glad to see him in the top dozen.

  8. Ken October 8, 2008 at 7:15 am #

    The list has more value to the art investor than to the art enthusiast.

    There are certainly great artists on the list. But given the politics of the gallery scene, are more gallery/museum shows analogous to better art?

  9. Ken October 8, 2008 at 7:17 am #

    The list has more value to the art investor than to the art enthusiast.

    There are certainly great artists on the list. But given the politics of the gallery scene, are more gallery/museum shows analogous to better art?

  10. Lisette October 8, 2008 at 9:03 am #

    Sorry art world, I’m not down with Cindy. Saw her show at MOMA, big letdown.

  11. Marc Andre Jourdan October 9, 2008 at 7:35 am #

    WHERE ARE YOU CHASE?!?!?!?!?! :D

  12. Anonymous October 11, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    Hi Chase,

    Like your other FRAMES, this one is quite nice to look at ;-)

    BTW, may I ask a stupid question : how are those made ? I mean, which software ? Because it looks like the frame speed depends on the music (or is it just me ?) Kinda cool effect, and was wondering if that was hand-made or software made ;-)

    Take care,

  13. Chase Jarvis October 12, 2008 at 10:36 am #

    @ anon: our FRAMES vids are made using Apple’s Final Cut Pro.

  14. thom October 14, 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    Ansel Adams should have been in the list, no shame.

  15. Reinfried Marass October 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    I would trade in ALL of Andy Warhol’s work for a single da Vinci, especially for the ‘Battle of Anghiari’ :-)

    Da Vinci isn’t even mentioned .. WHO did this list ?

    best, Reini

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