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.


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’.


‘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).


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.

The ArtTactic Art Market Confidence Indicator

Could the contemporary art market bubble burst?

02 October 2018

Confidence in the contemporary art market has dropped 24% in the first six months of 2018, amid fears of a potential bubble.

Pony by Patrick Caulfield

Patrick Caulfield’s ‘Pony’ takes £220,000 at Roseberys auction

26 September 2018

A painting titled 'Pony' by British artist Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005) has sold for £220,000 at south London saleroom Roseberys.


TV comedian Vic Reeves exhibits 200 pictures at London’s Grosvenor Gallery

22 September 2018

TV comedian Vic Reeves has a double life as artist Jim Moir and a collection of his drawings is available now at London’s Grosvenor Gallery.


Buyer splashes out on a classic Hockney print

17 September 2018

Among the most iconic works of David Hockney’s (b.1937) output was his Paper Pools series, focusing on the private Californian swimming pools he experienced in the late 1970s.


Saddle up for Art Car Boot Fair at King’s Cross

27 August 2018

The annual Art Car Boot Fair, now in its 15th year, will run this month in Granary Square in London’s revitalised King’s Cross area.


Patrick Caulfield work ahead of the field at Roseberys’ highest-ever estimate

27 August 2018

A simple image titled 'Pony' by British artist Patrick Caulfield is the highest-estimated lot ever to be offered at south London saleroom Roseberys.

Portrait of Edmond de Belamy

“Not the product of a human mind”: Christie’s to test market for portrait created solely by Artificial Intelligence

25 August 2018

An unfinished copy of 19th century portrait? A defaced painting of a churchman? A piece of contemporary art? This painting could be all three.


London dealer showcases powerful works by Frank Avray Wilson

20 August 2018

London dealer showcases powerful works of an artist fascinated by the human condition


Modern business model for 1793 Gallery

13 August 2018

Kate Moss – or at least an arresting image of her by Los Angeles street artist Mr Brainwash – is coming to a Cotswolds exhibition to launch 1793 Gallery.


5 Questions: Francesca Fiumano of Fiumano Clase

13 August 2018

London gallery Fiumano Clase formed in 2017 when dealers Francesca Fiumano and Andrés Clase merged their respective contemporary art dealerships. Its next exhibition, BOOM, is a solo show of works by Roger Holtom. Here, we talk to Fiumano.


Cooper takes contemporary view at 30

02 July 2018

To celebrate 30 years in the business, Jonathan Cooper Gallery of Chelsea hosts a group exhibition of figurative painting, drawing and sculpture by contemporary artists.

‘Portrait on a White Cover’ by Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud nude sells for £19.7m at Sotheby’s auction

27 June 2018

A nude portrait by Lucian Freud (1922-2011) painted when he was 80-years-old sold for £19.7m at Sotheby’s latest Contemporary art sale in London.


Hail César: sculptor in spotlight

25 June 2018

More than 50 works by the French modern sculptor César (1921-98) are on display in the artist’s home city of Marseille.

'Stop And Search', a Banksy print

Banksy screenprints on offer at Chiswick Auctions’ specialist urban art sale

13 June 2018

Chiswick Auctions is holding its second dedicated Urban Art sale in London on June 20. It will take place in the evening, following the Post War and Contemporary art sale held at the west London saleroom on the same day.


Two London displays wrap Christo up

11 June 2018

As Christo, the Bulgarian-American contemporary artist, unveils his first public outdoor project for the UK this summer in Hyde Park, Stern Pissarro Gallery’s show also offers a look at some of the most celebrated works he and his wife ever created.

Christie's King Street in London

Christie’s relaunches summer contemporary art auctions in London – but day sales only

31 May 2018

Christie’s will hold two contemporary art day sales in London this June. The announcement follows the auction house’s decision to drop its summer series in this category last year in favour of its March and October offerings.


Love of print format is in the Essex air

28 May 2018

British artists dominated Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) Modern & Contemporary prints sale in Essex, with works by Banksy, Patrick Hughes, Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley and Grayson Perry all getting away.