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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Banksy’s shredded canvas ‘Love is in the Bin’ fetches a record £16m at Sotheby’s

14 October 2021

The half-shredded Banksy painting ‘Love is in the Bin’ returned to auction, bringing a fervent competition and making a record £16m at Sotheby's.

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Thompson’s opens third gallery

11 October 2021

Thompson’s Galleries, specialist in Modern and Contemporary British art, is opening a third exhibition space this October.

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Look east for a duo of top performers

11 October 2021

A couple of eastern European pictures were among the top-performing works at the Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) 19th and 20th Century art sale.

‘Diego y yo’ by Frida Kahlo

Sotheby’s adjusts sale categories in time for upcoming New York auction series

08 October 2021

Sotheby’s has tweaked its sale categories for its flagship 20th and 21st century art auctions and will apply the changes at its upcoming New York series in November.

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Jasper Johns and Alan Reynolds feature at Doyle sale in New York

04 October 2021

Doyle in New York is holding several sales that feature aspects of Post-war and Contemporary art over the next few weeks.

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Across the rooftops

04 October 2021

This painting by Jean Hélion (1904-87) will feature in the sale of furniture, objects and paintings at Copages Auction at Drouot in Paris on October 15.

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The 47th FIAC fair finds a new Paris venue

04 October 2021

FIAC, the Foire Internationale D’Art Contemporain, is Paris’ long-running annual fair devoted to Contemporary Art, staged every autumn.

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A lawyer writes: Dumb as a rock or the new smart money?

04 October 2021

The market for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) presents some notable legal issues

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Volpi flies the flag

04 October 2021

A highlight of the Contemporary Art sale at Aguttes in Neuilly on October 25 will be this large 7ft 6in x 2ft 11in (2.3m x 89cm) painting in tempera on canvas by Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988).

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A market on the move

04 October 2021

Post-war and Contemporary art is increasingly boosting revenue at regional salerooms

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Marlborough London stages Gillian Ayres exhibition

27 September 2021

Dynamic and gestural, this vast 5ft 6in x 11ft 3in (1.67 x 3.45m) oil on canvas, below, was painted by Gillian Ayres (1930-2018) during the 1980s.

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Brought out from a deep freeze

27 September 2021

Following two years of enforced online activity only, art fair makes its long-awaited return

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Affordable art in global demand

27 September 2021

Post-lockdown fairs in New York, London and Hong Kong show increase in sales

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Hodge and his horses

27 September 2021

Available to buy for £2800, this 12 x 18in (30 x 45cm) oil of a grey Andalusian horse in a landscape by Marcus Hodge (b.1966) forms part of a new show dedicated to the equine artist’s latest works.

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Work by French artist Jacques Villeglé on offer in Berlin

27 September 2021

Born in 1926 as Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé, the French artist Jacques Villeglé has had a long and varied career.

Claude Lalanne’s bronze ‘L’Enlèvement d’Europe’

Modern sculpture’s power couple: Works by the Lalannes continue to rise at auction

25 September 2021

Demand for works by the artist duo Claude Lalanne (1925-2019) and her husband François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008) continues on a roll.

Cy Twombly, Untitled 2007

Sotheby’s reveals consignment win via livestreamed video

10 September 2021

Sotheby’s chose to announce its winning of a prestigious consignment via a livestreamed video involving specialists across the US, Europe and Asia.

Banksy's ‘Love is in the Bin’

Banksy’s shredded canvas ‘Love is in the Bin’ returns to Sotheby’s

09 September 2021

Billed as “an audacious piece of performance art” by Sotheby’s, although viewed by others as a publicity stunt, the half-shredded Banksy painting ‘Love is in the Bin’ is returning to auction with its estimate bumped up.

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The web shop window: Modern artist's take on a fish fossil

23 August 2021

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

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Portraitist and prominent ancestor given joint show

23 August 2021

London portrait agency Fine Art Commissions is celebrating the work of British war artist and society portraitist Simon Elwes (1902-75) and his great, great nephew Jamie Coreth (b.1989) with a new exhibition.

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