The Top 10 Sculptors Working Today

Artsy’s ten most popular living sculptors (based on user follows) are a range of artists at the top of their craft, from found object magician Damián Ortega to the ever-mindbending Anish Kapoor. Though many also work on a smaller scale, the artists on our list defy the convention of sculpture as standalone, constructing often-expansive works that respond to or reflect their environments. As the fourth-position Rachel Whitereadonce said, “I don’t want to make plop art—sculpture that just gets plopped down in places.”

10. Damián OrtegaDamián Ortega, 'Controller of the Universe,' 2007, White CubeDamián Ortega

Controller of the Universe, 2007

White CubeDamián Ortega, 'Congo River,' 2012, White CubeDamián Ortega

Congo River, 2012

White Cube

Damián Ortega, 'Concrete cube (black),' 2003, White Cube

Damián Ortega

Concrete cube (black), 2003

White Cube

9. Antony GormleyAntony Gormley, 'Precipitate X,' 2005, Galerie Thaddaeus RopacAntony Gormley

Precipitate X, 2005

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

SOLDAntony Gormley, 'Abstract ,' 2011, Sean Kelly GalleryAntony Gormley

Abstract , 2011

Sean Kelly GalleryAntony Gormley, 'Field (American),' 1991, White CubeAntony Gormley

Field (American), 1991

White Cube

8. Lynda BenglisLynda Benglis, 'Baby Planet,' ca. 1969, Cheim & ReadLynda Benglis

Baby Planet, ca. 1969

Cheim & ReadLynda Benglis, 'COMANCHE,' 2013, Cheim & ReadLynda Benglis


Cheim & ReadLynda Benglis, 'Pi Tangerine,' , Peters Projects Lynda Benglis

Pi Tangerine

Peters Projects

7. Anish KapoorAnish Kapoor, 'Parabolic Twist,' 2013, Lisson GalleryAnish Kapoor

Parabolic Twist, 2013

Lisson GalleryAnish Kapoor, 'Reverse Perverse,' 2006, Schellmann Art

Anish Kapoor

Reverse Perverse, 2006

Schellmann Art

6. Tara DonovanTara Donovan, 'Haze,' 2003, Rice University Art Gallery

Tara Donovan

Haze, 2003

Rice University Art Gallery

Tara Donovan, 'Untitled (Paper Plates),' 2005, D I C K I N S O N

Tara Donovan

Untitled (Paper Plates), 2005

D I C K I N S O NTara Donovan, 'Untitled,' 2015, Choice Works Benefit Auction 2015Tara Donovan

Untitled, 2015

Choice Works Benefit Auction 2015


5. Marc QuinnMarc Quinn, 'The Origin of Sculpture,' 2012, Human ReproductionMarc Quinn

The Origin of Sculpture, 2012

Human Reproduction

Marc Quinn, 'Alison Lapper (8 months),' 2000, White CubeMarc Quinn

Alison Lapper (8 months), 2000

White Cube

Marc Quinn, 'Arctic Nervous Breakdown,' 1998, White Cube

Marc Quinn

Arctic Nervous Breakdown, 1998

White Cube

4. Rachel WhitereadRachel Whiteread, 'Untitled (Amber),' 2012, Gagosian Gallery

Rachel Whiteread

Untitled (Amber), 2012

Gagosian Gallery

Rachel Whiteread, 'LOOK, LOOK, LOOK,' 2012, Gagosian Gallery

Rachel Whiteread


Gagosian Gallery

Rachel Whiteread, 'Untitled,' 2010, Gagosian Gallery

Rachel Whiteread

Untitled, 2010

Gagosian Gallery

3. Kiki Smith

 Kiki Smith, 'Flower Head 2,' 2012, Barbara Gross
Kiki Smith
Flower Head 2, 2012
Barbara Gross
Kiki Smith, 'Girl,' , Barbara Gross
Kiki Smith
Barbara Gross

2. Richard SerraRichard Serra, 'London Cross,' 2014, Gagosian Gallery

Richard Serra

London Cross, 2014

Gagosian Gallery

Richard Serra, 'Junction,' 2011, Gagosian Gallery

Richard Serra

Junction, 2011

Gagosian GalleryRichard Serra, 'Backdoor Pipeline,' 2010, Gagosian Gallery

Richard Serra

Backdoor Pipeline, 2010

Gagosian Gallery

1. Jeff KoonsJeff Koons, 'Poodle,' 1991, Whitney Museum of American Art

Jeff Koons

Poodle, 1991

“Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at Whitney Museum of American Art, June 27 – Oct 19, 2014Jeff Koons, 'Metallic Venus,' 2010-2012, Whitney Museum of American Art

Jeff Koons

Metallic Venus, 2010-2012

“Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at Whitney Museum of American Art, June 27 – Oct 19, 2014

Jeff Koons, 'Coloring Book,' 1997-2005, Gagosian Gallery

Jeff Koons

Coloring Book, 1997-2005

Gagosian Gallery

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