Contemporary Art

The wide and varied world of Post-war and Contemporary art has become a major part of the art market and a key sector for the leading auction houses.


Ray Atkins and his art as a force in nature

01 July 2024

An exhibition of work by Ray Atkins is at Belgrave St Ives. A Painter’s Odyssey will coincide with a new book about the artist’s life by Peter Davies.

Pop rendition of Amy Winehouse kissing Blake Fielder-Civil

Fine Art Society hosts a major exhibition of British pop artist Gerald Laing

21 June 2024

Pulling together the works of Gerald Laing (1936-2011) from 1962-2011, an exhibition at the Fine Art Society has a focus on the illusions of stardom and the fabled creation of muses.

Frieze Seoul

Fewer European exhibitors to stand at Frieze Seoul Masters section

10 June 2024

Frieze Seoul returns for its third edition this autumn at COEX from September 4-7. Once again, it will be showcasing a Masters section dedicated to more historic works.

Frank Auerbach's Albert Street 2009

Painting by Frank Auerbach recovered from money launderer to be sold

01 May 2024

Artwork and gold seized from a “prolific money launderer” as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation are to be sold.

Sculptures by Laurence Edwards

New Messums gallery to aid Lowestoft regeneration

22 April 2024

Messums, the modern and contemporary art dealership in London and Wiltshire, plans to open a new premises in the east of England next spring.


Schendel powers into London venue

08 April 2024

An untitled ink on rice paper work by Brazilian artist Mira Schendel (1919-88) is among the works starring at the exhibition 'Live With It', staged at Battersea Power Station, where it is offered for $18,000.


Calder’s tapestries – the South American versions

01 April 2024

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) first produced designs for tapestries made at the Aubusson factory in the early 1960s.


Otto Piene smoke painting detected at Berlin sale

18 March 2024

In 1959, some two years after the German painter Otto Piene founded the ZERO group of artists together with his colleague Heinz Mack, he began producing his so-called 'Rauchbilder' (Smoke Paintings).

Adrien Meyer of Christie’s

Magritte leads Modern art auctions in London as overall totals fall

09 March 2024

A surrealist painting by René Magritte (1898-1967) led the latest series of Modern and Contemporary art sales in London although overall the auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips were rather flat compared to previous years.


TEFAF Maastricht Showcase: Tommaso Calabro

04 March 2024

Despite specialising in Modern art, Tommaso Calabro hopes to snag some Old Master collectors at his first TEFAF.


First-time fair exhibitor makes a tasty sale at London Art Fair

29 January 2024

The oil painting 'Four Pears' (1976) by British artist William Scott (1913-89) was one of the stand-out sales at London Art Fair.


Hanley out of the mist at Portland Gallery show

22 January 2024

'Misty Landscape' (1987) is a characteristic work by British artist Liam Hanley (1933-2019) and one of the highlights in his retrospective at Portland Gallery next month.

Michael Morgan painting

Artist Michael Morgan makes presence felt on auction market

18 January 2024

West Country painter Michael Morgan’s (1928-2014) career as an artist took off rather late in life.


Five questions with art dealer Nick Skipp

08 January 2024

Nick Skipp launched Nick Skipp Fine Art in 2022. He specialises in Modern European and British abstract art and studio ceramics alongside selected antiquities such as sculpture and pottery. Skipp exhibits at this week’s Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair.


Circus lit up London fair venue nearly a century before artworks

02 January 2024

Picture on exhibitor’s stand depicts an equestrian act when Islington's Business Design Centre hosted agricultural shows


Banksy screenprint with personal dedication is among five lots to watch this week

11 December 2023

With estimates from £1000, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


In step with Guerrand-Hermès

06 November 2023

Between December 13 and 19 Sotheby’s Paris rooms will offer a series of live and online auctions of works from the collection of Hubert Guerrand-Hermès (1940-2016), a descendant of the founder of the famous firm Hermès.


The web shop window: A 'frozen moment' piece of pop art

06 November 2023

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.


Looking at the bigger picture: Goetz Valien monumental work

06 November 2023

Highlights of the sale of Modern and Contemporary Art on November 16 at Clars in Oakland, California, will include works by Andy Warhol, the Latvian/American artist Raimonds Staprans, the American artist Gordon Onslow Ford and this monumental work by the Austrian artist Goetz Valien (b.1960).


The sound of eighties classics

06 November 2023

On September 21 Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr (28/27/21/14.5% buyer’s premium) held a sale in Paris celebrating the decade of the 1980s.



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