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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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.

Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale

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.

‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ by David Hockney

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.

Chinese Mona Lisa

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.

Banksy

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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