Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Who are the principals behind the site?

    The team is a multidisciplinary partnership between a data scientist, a financial engineer and an art professional.
  • What is the genesis of the algorithm?

    The algorithm was developed for an emerging art fund in 2012. The algorithm facilitated a 4200% return on investment over a 16-month period. ArtRank™ launched on February 8th, 2014. The algorithm’s intent is to quantify deep industry knowledge and grant access to both collectors and institutions interested in the emerging segment. Our actionable recommendations are based on a calculated intrinsic value rather than the easily manipulated market valuations created at auction.
  • What is the algorithm?

    The algorithm is comprised of six exogenous components: Presence, Auction results, market Saturation, market Support, Representation and Social mapping (PASSRS). Each component is qualitatively weighted in service of defining a vector or 'artist trajectory'. We compare past trajectories to help forecast early emerging artists' future value.
  • How often is the index updated?

    The ArtRank™ index is updated publicly once annually. Private subscribers receive quarterly updates around major art fairs and auctions. Email subscribers receive the public update 10 days ahead of the general publication.  
  • Where do you get your data?  

    A confidential network of dealers, advisers, auction houses, collectors and journalists supplies our data. In exchange for the insider data provided, they are reciprocally recompensed with alerts and reports ahead of our public announcements.
  • How are intangibles like ‘gallery representation’ and ‘major collector support’ quantified?

    Our purpose-coded machine-learning algorithm extracts relevant explanatory metrics from over three million historic data points including auction results, representation, collectors, and museums. These weighted qualitative metrics work in conjunction with our classification algorithm to identify prime artist prospects based on known trajectory profiles.
  • How do you quantify art?

    Our algorithm is intent on assessing the intrinsic value of an artwork, not its survival value. We do not judge any works’ aesthetic or emotional value.   
  • What do you sell?

    We provide clarity in an opaque market by providing actionable forecasting to collectors and institutions seeking entry to the emerging art market. Collectors and institutions interested in obtaining our reports ahead of the general public can be alerted of such opportunities by subscribing. By purchasing Early Access, institutions and collectors are made privy to important insider information that can assist in making acquisitions at a fraction of secondary resale prices. Reports can also aid in appropriately timing deaccession decisions in accordance with an artist's trajectory.
  • Why are more established artists listed alongside of early emerging artists?

    As our forecasting models depend on a computed trajectory, it would be impossible to assess recent data points without assessing their correlated counterparts. These artists are merely the most recent past emerging artists. Their inclusion ought to underline the importance of market timing. 
  • Why is X artist poorly rated?

    While we have no doubt about the long value of many artists’ work, investors are not immune to opportunity costs. We are most interested in providing actionable recommendations in accordance with optimal market timing.
  • Why are certain artists not listed?

    Rather than providing an exhaustive resource, we limit the scope of our lists to focus on the quality of our recommendations. Many artists are in our periphery but lack important computational variables which we do not disclose.
  • What do the categories mean?

    The buy now categories are the artists we see on the trajectory to becoming highly sought after-- and those are the artists who we make an actionable acquisition recommendation for. The optimized return is achieved by selling the artists in the sell now category, as their demand peaks, according to our forecast. The liquidate category is of less investor value, but important in our continued commitment to improve our correlative analysis. 
  • What is a market maker?

    Market makers conduct studio buyouts and create the market for selected artists in order to valuate their holdings of that artist's work.
  • What are qualitatively-weighted metrics?

    Metrics in a vacuum are irrelevant, particularly in regard to a subject as complex as art.  For instance, an artist having 9,000 followers is a relevant metric only when qualified by his having a certain number of influential connectors within that data set. Those connectors' influence is calculated recursively. The qualitative weighting of this (otherwise irrelevant) metric allows us to use it as a relevant data point in the trajectory’s computation.   


ArtRank™ quantifies the quantifiable. We do not claim to assess the impact, survival value or aesthetic of artworks.  

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