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.


VS Gaitonde abstract sold at Sothebys

Gaitonde abstract leads Sotheby’s South Asian Art sale in New York

22 March 2020

A painting by the pioneering Indian abstract artist Vasudeo S Gaitonde (1924-2001) led Sotheby’s anniversary sale of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art in New York when it sold for a hammer price of $1.5m (£1.25m) against a $1m-1.5m estimate.

‘Reclining Man’ by Nina Hamnett

Sotheby’s reports ‘surge’ in online buying as clients forced to bid from home

18 March 2020

In one of the first tests of the art market since the UK government announced tougher ‘social distancing’ guidance due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sotheby’s latest ‘Made in Britain’ auction recorded a dramatic increase in online bidding.

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Folk art dealer Robert Young offers his own naïve-style artwork

02 March 2020

Dealer Robert Young is taking bids on a work of folk art of his own creation.

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Flanagan hares leap into action at Waddington Custot

02 March 2020

'Moon Gold Hare' (2008) by Barry Flanagan (1941-2009) is offered at the Waddington Custot exhibition Alchemy of the Theatre for $725,000.

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Jean Arp works headline Christie's sale of Greta Stroeh collection

24 February 2020

Works by the French artist Jean Arp (1886-1966) form the main constituent of the 81-lot sale of the Greta Stroeh collection to be offered by Christie’s Paris rooms on Mar 26.

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Hockney snowbound print drifts into Lots Road

17 February 2020

This large lithograph forms part of the Weather Series, a suite of prints created by David Hockney (b.1937) in 1973.

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Hockney makes a £21m splash but total is down

17 February 2020

The overall total from the latest London series of Contemporary art auctions was down year-on-year. With one day sale still to run at the time of going to press, the running total of £197.4m from the sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips compared to £253.9m from the equivalent sales in 2019.

David Hockey 'The Splash' at Sotheby's

Hockney leads Sotheby’s Contemporary art evening sale at £21m

12 February 2020

Sotheby’s set the third-highest price for a work by David Hockney (b.1937) in London last night.

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Super-realist paintings on show in Cecil Court

03 February 2020

This acrylic on canvas, 8 Duncan Terrace (1977), by artist Graham Dean is on offer at Darnley Fine Art.

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Bernadette bounds into London Art Fair

20 January 2020

A sculpture by Modern British artist Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002), 'Bernadette Going to Wales', is among the works on offer at the 'London Art Fair'.

Pierre Soulages oil on canvas

Market-fresh Pierre Soulages painting brings international competition in Paris auction

04 December 2019

One of the highest auction prices for a painting by Pierre Soulages (b.1919) came in a recent sale held in Paris.

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Artist Gavin Turk to attend Vauxhall art fair

25 November 2019

Billed as offering astonishing bargain prices, an art fair at the Workshop in Vauxhall is being run by the Art Car Boot Fair people on Sunday, December 1.

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Finnish Abstract artworks and all that jazz

25 November 2019

Visitors to Galerie Forsblom’s show on the paintings of Lars-Gunnar Nordström (1924-2014) will be serenaded by the artist’s extensive jazz collection.

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Show features artist with an appetite for destruction

11 November 2019

The décollage technique practised by German artist Reinhold Koehler (1919-70) involved the use of paper, sand, glue, glass and ceramics, and a series of the resulting compositions is currently available at London’s Whitford Fine Art.

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Paula Rego prints bring success stories

14 October 2019

Much of Paula Rego’s (b.1935) work is concerned with narrative, as seen in this limited-edition lithograph of a girl reading a book.

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TEFAF New York Fall widens timeline for fourth edition

14 October 2019

Booth collaborations at TEFAF New York Fall encourage cross-collecting by visitors

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Commons goes ape for Banksy auction record

07 October 2019

Banksy’s derisive portrayal of The House of Commons reduced to an assembly of primates achieved a record £8.5m (plus premium) in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction on October 3.

‘Devolved Parliament by Banksy

Major record for Banksy as ‘Devolved Parliament’ brings lengthy bidding contest at Sotheby’s

04 October 2019

Banksy’s derisive portrayal of The House of Commons reduced to an assembly of primates achieved a record £8.5m (plus premium) in Sotheby’s latest Contemporary Art evening sale.

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Art advisor Nazy Vassegh launches new art fair

27 September 2019

Former Masterpiece London fair chief executive Nazy Vassegh is planning a new art fair in May next year.

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Artisan stories: Four cases of contemporary art and craft supported by the antiques trade

24 September 2019

Auction houses Bonhams and Sworders, dealer association BADA, and the Goldsmith Company have all supported craftspeople and artists in new initiatives this autumn.

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