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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Bonhams’ specialists offer their own artworks at auction

26 July 2023

Bonhams is hosting an online sale featuring artworks by staff at the auction house.

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5 Questions with art dealer Tanya Baxter

10 July 2023

Tanya Baxter specialises in Modern British, Post-Modern and Contemporary art and is among those exhibiting at this year’s LAPADA Berkeley Square Fair (September 27-October 1).

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Big names of British abstract art feature in colourful exhibitions this summer

03 July 2023

Colour is at the core of Zuleika Gallery’s latest exhibition, one of several to focus on British abstract art this summer.

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Sizeable Boetti show spans trio of spaces

19 June 2023

Don’t forget your walking shoes when visiting Ben Brown’s 'Alighiero e Boetti: Regola e Regolarsi'.

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Back down to reality for Modern and Contemporary art sales

22 May 2023

Judging by the overall totals, the latest Modern and Contemporary art auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips in New York were something of a bump back to reality after the last two sales series posted the highest grossing totals on record.

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Post-war & Contemporary art: Rich pickings down south London

22 May 2023

High-value Post-war and Contemporary art is increasingly on offer beyond Mayfair and the centre of the capital

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Buffet treats keenly contested at Drouot

22 May 2023

Art from the collection of Christine Poirot-Delpech was the object of a sell-out single-owner sale at Art Valorem (28.8% buyer’s premium inc tax) at Drouot on April 6.

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Calder on a roll at auction

22 May 2023

One of the top-priced lots in a recent sale held by CRN Auctions (22% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 23 was this work on paper by Alexander Calder (1898-1976).

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Small Afnan works fly to four figures

22 May 2023

Flying over a £200-300 estimate at a recent sale at Dawsons (25% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead were two small mixed-media works by Maliheh Afnan (1935-2016).

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Gorky work from late on

22 May 2023

This late untitled drawing by Arshile Gorky (1904-48) in pencil and crayon on paper was the highlight of a sale of Modern and Contemporary paintings held by Digard (25/20/14% buyer’s premium) on March 28 at Drouot in Paris.

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Certainly worth a handshake at £23,000

22 May 2023

The artist Júlio Pomar (1926- 2018) is considered one of the most important modern Portuguese painters.

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Get your claws into a Katz work

22 May 2023

The American artist Alex Katz (b.1927) is known for his large, brightly coloured and boldly delineated works.

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Indian works making good progress

22 May 2023

Two separately consigned Modern Indian paintings were among the notable performers at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in the early spring, one fetching an expected price but the other making a sum that was more of a surprise.

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Monochrome marvels at Paris sale

22 May 2023

Artcurial has two days of sales devoted to Impressionist and Modern and Postwar and Contemporary art in Paris on June 7-8.

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Olympia picture sales at the double

22 May 2023

French artist Nancy Delouis (b.1941) was born into an artistic family.

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Work by metal worker Wesselmann emerges in Munich

22 May 2023

The composition and use of colour make 'Monica nude with Lichtenstein', which is being sold by Ketterer Kunst in Munich on June 9, instantly recognisable as a work by American pop-artist Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004).

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Ben Nicholson's sense of purity helps generate demand

22 May 2023

This untitled work from c.1945 by Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) comprises a mahogany relief applied with oil paint. It was offered at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) of Oxford on May 17-18 as part of its Modern Art & Design sale.

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Van Dongen visits the beach

22 May 2023

This Normandy beach scene by Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968) from c.1948-49 will be offered for sale by Gros & Delettrez at Drouot in Paris on June 20.

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Christo Reichstag wrap study on offer

22 May 2023

The artist couple Christo (1935-2020) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) were obviously in equal measure creative, determined and patient.

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Rare Hodgkin appearance in Germany

22 May 2023

It is a rare event when a painting by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) turns up at a German auction, but on June 5, Van Ham can offer his 1996 painting Miami in its Modern and Contemporary sale.

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