Top Women Artists
Who are the top women artists today? Is it those:Frida Khalo
  • with the most recognizable names?
  • whose work sells for the most money?
  • who are / were considered the most influential in the art world? 
  • whose work stands out in a particular genre or discipline?
  • whose names appear on the most lists?
With the exception of auction prices, often the answer is subjective.

We offer a few lists here to start your thinking and help your research.


Ten contemporary female artists whose diversity of practices and contributions to the avant-garde movements of our time have been enormous, yet often overlooked and under recognized. 

Marina Abramovic (Serbian) Performance art
Cindy Sherman (American) Artist, photographer and film director
Vanessa Beecroft (Italian) Performance art
Barbara Kruger (American) Photographer
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese) Multimedia artist and writer
Tracey Emin (British) Installations, mixed media
Nan Goldin (American) Photographer
Isa Genzken (German) Multi media
Shirin Neshat (Iranian) Photography, film and video
Kara Walker (American) Large scale art

From a historical perspective, 10 influential and famous female artists who changed the art world forever. 

Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842) Painter
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926) Painter
Georgia O'Keefe (American, 1887-1986) Painter
Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954) Painter
Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011) Painter
Judy Chicago (American, B. 1939) Painter
Agnes Martin (Canadian-American, 1912-2004) Painter
[Elaine] Sturtevant (American, 1924-2014) Multi media
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, B. 1929) Multi media
Adrian Piper (American, B. 1948) Conceptual and performance art

Who Are the Most Expensive Living Female Artists? (2017)

Yayoi Kusama (Japanese) Multi media
Cindy Sherman (American) Artist, photographer and film director
Bridget Riley (British) Painter
Marlene Dumas (South African) Painter
Cecily Brown (British) Painter
Julie Mehretu (American) Painter
Jenny Saville (British) Painter
Elizabeth Peyton (American) Painter
Vija Celmins (Latvian-American) Photorealistic drawings
Rosemarie Trockel (German) Conceptual artist, multi media

Top 10 Most Expensive Female Artists (2016)

Georgia O’Keeffe, Painter (American) 1887-1986
Louise Bourgeois, Sculptor, installation art (French-American) 1911-2010
Joan Mitchell, Painter(American) 1925-1992
Berthe Morisot, Painter (French) 1841-1895
Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova, Painter (Russian) 1881-1962
Agnes Martin, Painter (Canadian-American) 1912-2004
Cady Noland, Multi media (American) b. 1956
Tamara de Lempicka, Painter (Polish) 1898-1980
Camille Claudel, Sculptor (French) 1864-1943
Frida Kahlo, Painter (Mexican) 1907-1954