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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Post-war & Contemporary art: Special forces at work as buyers play the auction game

22 February 2021

An increasing number of salerooms are now holding specialist sales dedicated to Post-war and Contemporary art with demand at primary market level driving auction opportunities

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Slice of Michael Morgan studio life makes £3800

22 February 2021

A group of works from the estate of West Country artist Michael Morgan (1928-2014) drew bidding at a recent sale at Atkins Auctions (15% buyer’s premium) of Axminster, Devon.

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Jack Vettriano's 'Fish Teas' sets a four-year high

22 February 2021

Back in 2004-6, a boom occurred in the prices for Jack Vettriano (b.1951) and a host of works made six-figure sums at auction. These included his most famous work 'The Singing Butler', which sold for a staggering £660,000 at Sotheby’s in April 2004, still a Vettriano auction record.

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Another grand price for abstract painter Aubrey Williams

22 February 2021

An abstract painting by Aubrey Williams (1926-90) offered at Grand Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Folkestone at the end of last year set another auction high for the Guyanese artist.

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Christie's to offer Karel Appel painting in France

22 February 2021

On March 30 Christie’s France is offering a selection of around 70 Modern and Post-war works from an unnamed Parisian collector that have been assembled over four decades.

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Large John Cunningham loch scene offered at Glasgow sale

22 February 2021

Another auction house staging regular sales of Scottish Contemporary art is McTear’s of Glasgow, whose next auction in this category takes place on February 28.

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Exhibition centres on Paul Feeley's calmer period following wartime service

22 February 2021

When Paul Feeley (1910-66) returned home after serving as a US marine in Japan during the Second World War, it triggered a fundamental shift in his art.

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Heartfelt work of Joseph Beuys

22 February 2021

Legendary yarn explains how this material became a key component of the artist’s designs

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Seven bidders compete for Soulages with a presidential provenance

22 February 2021

A painting by Pierre Soulages (b.1919) sold at Caen Enchères (20% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Normandy featured a particularly notable provenance.

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Contemporary fair heavyweights count on digital for now

22 February 2021

As the pandemic continues to upend the art market calendar, two heavyweights of the Contemporary art and design fair scene are going digital.

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Arty eccentricity turns heads at Dreweatt's Aynhoe Park sale

22 February 2021

James Perkins, the co-founder of rave music promoter Fantazia, kept an eclectic collection of Contemporary art at Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire.

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Art hub suits flexible approach

22 February 2021

Just before England entered a third lockdown, the John Martin Gallery squeezed in a solo show of artist Andrew Gifford’s (b.1970) work at new art hub Cromwell Place in London.

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Art from collection of Mrs Henry Ford II offered at Christie's and Doyle

22 February 2021

Property from the collection of Mrs Henry Ford II is being offered by more than one auction house this year. Christie’s has sales in New York on March 30 and London on April 15, and Doyle (26/21/15% buyer’s premium) held a single-owner selection in its New York rooms on January 25.

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An L of a good Blackburn group

22 February 2021

The largest contingent of works by British abstract painter John Blackburn (b.1932) ever to come to auction will be offered at Cheffins of Cambridge on February 25.

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Judd’s art shapes up with a box and tube

22 February 2021

The American artist Donald Judd (1928-94) abandoned painting in the 1960s and devoted himself to producing three-dimensional objects.

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The web shop window: Julie Held acrylic on canvas

22 February 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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Eileen Agar works lead the Freer collection at Chiswick Auctions

22 February 2021

A large group of works from the collection of Allen and Beryl Freer has been consigned to Chiswick Auctions.

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Christo coverage leads to market upturn

22 February 2021

It is well known that the death of an artist often leads to an upsurge of market interest and that has certainly happened with the Bulgarian Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, who died last year.

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Go solo: a selection of dedicated shows

22 February 2021

Four online Post-War & Contemporary art exhibitions organised by dealers.

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Michaux uses mescaline as his extra inspiration

22 February 2021

Among the surprises at a Contemporary art sale at Ketterer (25% buyer’s premium) in Munich was the result for a work by the painter-poet Henri Michaux.

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