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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Cheshire proves new choice for Contemporary art event

20 September 2012

The Scottish organisers and dealers Arte in Europa, best known for organising the ‘Edinburgh Art Fair’, are expanding south of the Border with a new fair in Cheshire.

Christie’s secure exclusive deal to sell Warhol archive

17 September 2012

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has struck an exclusive deal with Christie’s to sell its enormous holdings of works from the artist’s estate.

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Stellar lots drive Contemporary art market upwards

02 July 2012

Highly lucrative totals, a record sale and a selection of unprecedented prices seen for individual artists – the Contemporary art market seemed to carry on regardless in London last week.

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Record prices reached for Contemporary sales

14 May 2012

A string of record prices for leading names in the Contemporary art market saw the amount of money raised in the latest New York auction series heading back to boom-time levels.

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Fine Art Society’s exhibit animates proceedings at Maastricht Fair

02 April 2012

IT may sound a little gimmicky, but one of the most captivating TEFAF exhibits this year was an animated version of Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder’s Vase With Flowers in a Window by the contemporary artists Rob and Nick Carter on the stand of London’s Fine Art Society.

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Still canvas lifts New York’s Contemporary week

14 November 2011

A SERIES of key consignments at the latest Contemporary art auctions helped lift the mood of the art market in New York.

Legal costs kill off Andy Warhol Foundation's vetting board

25 October 2011

THE Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts have decided to dissolve the controversial Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board in early 2012.

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Double Denied – the dispute that closed the Warhol authentication service

25 October 2011

A LONG-running anti-trust complaint against the Andy Warhol Foundation – one that caused them to close the authentication service – concerned a work denied twice by their board.

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Richter lights up market after lacklustre opening to Frieze week

18 October 2011

LONDON’S Frieze week opened with more cautious buying this year as concerns about the impact of the current economic turbulence in Europe and the US were much in evidence.

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Boyd’s Bridegroom sets record in Sydney

05 September 2011

DESPITE the uncertain economic conditions that have cooled the art market in Australia, last month saw a new high for one the country’s most highly regarded artists.

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Contemporary sales enjoy mixed fortunes

16 May 2011

THE latest sales of Contemporary art in New York produced some solid results, but buyers were selective and not all the projected highlights fulfilled vendors’ expectations.

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Alma-Tadema outshines modern art sales in New York

16 May 2011

IN a series of high-profile auctions in New York that saw an underperforming run of Impressionist and Modern art sales, the eye-catching price of the week by some distance came for a 19th century historical genre painting.

Bonhams aim to raise Contemporary art sales with new appointment

28 February 2011

BONHAMS have appointed Anthony McNerney as head of Contemporary art.

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Contemporary sales reinforce new strength in the market

21 February 2011

LONDON’S latest series of Contemporary art sales put in a robust performance. Auctioneers posted high selling rates and saw the greatest depth of bidding since the art market downturn two years ago.

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Buoyant demand for trophy lots at London's major art auctions

14 February 2011

WORKS by some of biggest names in the Modern and Contemporary art market drew serious levels of international competition in London last week.

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Warhol at Phillips de Pury tops New York contemporary art sales

15 November 2010

THE price of $56.5m (£36.9m) seen for Andy Warhol's The Men in Her Life at Phillips de Pury's evening sale, meant that for the first time in a New York Contemporary art auction series the top lot did not come from Sotheby's or Christie's.

Christie’s turn fair organisers for Frieze week

26 July 2010

CHRISTIE’S are launching a fair during Frieze week for dealers and publishers specialising in contemporary editions. The auctioneers' South Kensington saleroom will be given over to the event, titled Multiplied, focused primarily on prints, photography, sculpture and artists’ books.

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British works set records in flatter Contemporary market

05 July 2010

THE latest Contemporary art sales in London were a little flatter than expected, but Modern British art generated a batch of stand-out prices.

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Market climbs out of hole

18 May 2010

IF major auctions in New York are anything to go by, then the amount of money being spent on blue-chip pieces of Modern and Contemporary art is now almost back to the level seen before the market crashed 18 months ago.

Tobacco firm’s collection sets Netherlands high

15 March 2010

SOTHEBY’S staged the most lucrative art sale ever in the Netherlands on March 8 when they offered a 161-lot selection of contemporary art from the corporate collection of British American Tobacco.

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