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While Picassos and Rothkos may be on everybody’s wish list, there are a number of living artists making their ways into Hollywood collections of late. The majority of them tend to be figurative painters, watercolorists and collagists. Some of the most popular include John Currin (who’s already outpriced most), Eric Fischl, Francesca Gabbiani, Marcin Maciejowski, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Bernard Martin, Elizabeth Peyton, Christoph Ruckhaberle, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, Mark Tansey, Lisa Yuskavage and the ubiquitous Raymond Pettibon.

Less common but gaining with a bullet are Brian Calvin, Stephen Criqui, Peter Doig, Gajin Fujita, Karen Kilimnik, Kurt Kauper, Barry McGee, Dave Muller, Dirk Skreber and Paul Winstanley.

Abstractionists may be less pervasive than they once were, but some are currying favor, including Cecily Brown, Ingrid Calame, Inka Essenhigh, Laura Owens, Lari Pittman, Monique Prieto, Pet Sourinthone and Pae White.

Concept-based work — from sculpture to photo based — remains a staple, and industryites tend to like the witty, edgy pieces of Tom Friedman, Evan Holloway, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Gabriel Orosco and the ever-popular Richard Prince.

Photography, meanwhile, especially art photography, is hotter than it has been in years. Found in many top collections: Uta Barth, Gregory Crewdson, Rineke Dijkstra, Cindy Sherman, Sam Taylor Wood and a whole raft of German photographers including Candida Hofer, Thomas Demand, Thomas Ruff and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Where to go For Essenhigh, Kilimnik: 303 Gallery, (212) 225-1121. For White, Winstanley: 1301 PE, (323) 938-5822. For Barth, Kersels, Owens, Prieto: ACME, (323) 857-5942. For Muller, Murakami, Nara, Skreber: Blum + Poe, (310) 836-2062. For Kauper, McGee: Deitch Projects, (212) 343-7300. For Calvin, Holloway, Maciejowski: Marc Foxx, (323) 857-5571. For Crewdson, Brown, Ruscha, Tansey: Gagosian Gallery, (310) 271-9400. For Calame, Gabbiani, Hofer: Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, (323) 525-1755. For Balkenhol, Currin, Peyton, Pettibon, Prince, Tillmans: Regan Projects, (310) 276-5424.

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