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.


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UK’s modern and contemporary art auction market records highest growth in 2018

13 February 2019

Despite economic concerns such as Brexit and the possibility of global trade wars, the UK’s top contemporary art auction houses posted the highest growth for Modern and contemporary art sales in 2018.

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Street artist Pure Evil to host Berkshire auction house Dawson’s next design sale in east London gallery

12 February 2019

The Welsh artist, whose real name is Charles Uzzell-Edwards, runs his Pure Evil Galleries on Leonard Street in Hoxton, east London, and Dawson’s will hold its third Design At Home auction at the venue on April 7.

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George Michael’s art collection to be auctioned for charity at Christie’s

08 February 2019

The art collection of the late singer George Michael is coming to auction in March at Christie’s in London.

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Julian Trevelyan’s final work provides lift to new Connect fair

04 February 2019

Julian Trevelyan’s (1910-88) final oil painting, depicting Strawberry Hill against a pink sky, sold in the first hours of Connect – The Independent Art Fair’s inaugural staging on January 29.

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5 Questions: Mark Peaker of 3812 Gallery

28 January 2019

Mark Peaker is co-founder and chief executive of Hong Kong’s 3812 Gallery, which specialises in Chinese post-war and contemporary art with a focus on ink. A new branch of the business opened in St James’s, London, last year. The exhibition 'Echoes' runs from January 28-March 9.

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Grayson Perry sculpture stars as London Art Fair puts the spotlight on modern and contemporary ceramic

18 January 2019

A glazed ceramic sculpture by Grayson Perry, ‘Fucking Art Centre’, was one of the early standout sales at London Art Fair, selling for a price in excess of £50,000 to a UK collector.

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Gallery takes legal action against Christie’s over private sale of Francis Bacon painting

16 January 2019

A legal claim lodged against Christie’s in New York has highlighted some of the practices relating to private sales that top-end auctioneers make behind closed doors.

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New independent art fair in London targets younger customers with competitive prices

14 January 2019

New independent art fair targets younger and fresh customers with competitive prices

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Arts hub in King’s Cross is venue for Piano Nobile’s latest exhibition

14 January 2019

'Cave Painting I' by British artist Jean Cooke (1927- 2008) is among the works on offer at Piano Nobile’s exhibition 'A Modern Venus'.

5 Questions: Kathryn Bell of Fine Art Consultancy

14 January 2019

Kathryn Bell runs Fine Art Consultancy, which offers British and Japanese contemporary art as well as Modern British prints. The gallery next stands at 'Connect', the art fair in London that runs from January 29-February 2.

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The hand of Winston Churchill rubs shoulders with contemporary art at annual London event

07 January 2019

Works by major names in modern art are available in north London this month. The annual London Art Fair might have a contemporary focus, with many of the attending dealerships and surrounding projects concentrating on recent works, but a healthy supply of older 20th century art for buyers is available to snap up from established galleries.

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Banksy shredding stunt continues to inspire the art world around the globe

24 December 2018

Street artist Banksy stunned the art world when his picture 'Girl with Balloon' automatically shredded itself in its frame moments after it sold for £1.04m at Sotheby's.

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Portrait sitter in saleroom as ‘Chinese Mona Lisa’ hits £1.7m

19 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis celebrated its 10th £1m-plus lot last week, selling a portrait by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) for £1.7m (plus premium). The sitter – the artist’s wife pictured in the early days of their marriage – was in Salisbury to watch the sale.

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Hockney record helps modern and contemporary auction series to $2bn total in New York

17 November 2018

The latest series of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art auctions in New York generated an overall total of close to $2bn.

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Auction record for a living artist as David Hockney swimming pool scene makes $80m at Christie's

16 November 2018

David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an ‘Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ from 1972 became the most expensive work by a living artist when it was knocked down for $80m (£61.6m) at Christie's in New York last night.

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Chinese ‘Mona Lisa’ owned by Body Shop founder Anita Roddick sells for £1.7m at auction – watch video

13 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury sold an important oil by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) today for £1.7m (plus 25/12% buyer’s premium). It came for sale from the charity established by Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick (1942-2007).

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Rise in interest in fauvist Brasilier as his works go on show at Opera Gallery

29 October 2018

A vivid palette of primary colours and an equestrian theme in a natural yet abstracted landscape: the elements that define André Brasilier’s painting 'Cavalcade d’automne' are integral to his wider output.

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Shredded £1.04m Banksy renamed ‘Love is in the Bin’ to go on show at Sotheby’s auction house

12 October 2018

The buyer of the £1.04m Banksy that was partly shredded in a publicity stunt at an auction has agreed to keep the work - which has been renamed ‘Love is in the Bin’.

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‘Chinese Mona Lisa’ comes to auction from Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick

08 October 2018

Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury will sell an important oil by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) next month. It comes for sale from the charity established by Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick (1942-2007).

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Banksy pranks art market with self destructing picture at Sotheby’s auction

06 October 2018

Street artist Banksy managed to prank the art market by booby trapping his ‘Girl with Balloon’ picture that sold at auction for £1.04m at Sotheby’s last night.

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