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.


Sotheby's set European record at contemporary sale

03 March 2008

THE global contemporary art market received an important shot in the arm in London last week as Sotheby's set the highest total ever seen for a contemporary art sale in Europe.


Bonhams pioneer the urban art sale

21 January 2008

Having dramatically grown the auction market for Banksy at their mixed media Vision 21 sales, Bonhams are embarking on a new venture – a dedicated sale of Urban Art.

Sotheby’s raise the contemporary stakes

21 January 2008

Sotheby’s have agreed to sponsor Tate Britain’s Duveens Commission, thereby allowing this site-specific sculpture commission to become an annual rather than a biennial event.


Art Fund hands out £5m grants to fund galleries’ contemporary art collections

12 November 2007

The Art Fund have announced the five £1m winners of Art Fund International, the scheme dedicated to building collections of international contemporary art at regional UK museums and galleries.

Harrogate to go contemporary at spring fair

20 August 2007

LOUISE Walker, who has been organising antiques fairs in Harrogate for the past 27 years, will launch a contemporary art fair in the North Yorkshire town next Easter.


Phillips de Pury and Saatchi Gallery form partnership

23 July 2007

PHILLIPS de Pury look to have taken another step to increase their influence as a major player in London’s contemporary art market by forming a new partnership with The Saatchi Gallery.


Contemporary sales: new levels of demand

25 June 2007

Demand for contemporary art reached yet another new level of intensity in London’s auction rooms last week when Christie’s and Sotheby’s both posted record totals of nearly £75m for their June evening sales of contemporary works.


Contemporary art: the bubble expands again

21 May 2007

More records fall in record NY art sales

Buy Contemporary art charity tells regional museums

10 April 2007

Museums should learn lessons of the 20th century


Increasingly bankable Banksy

26 February 2007

Anonymous artist’s contempt for art market does nothing to dampen demand

Chinese artists now lead Contemporary art top 100

05 February 2007

Share of places has risen to a quarter as prices have soared, say Artprice

Australian market abuzz as Deutscher splits from Menzies

03 January 2007

THE end of 2006 sees the $160m Australian art and antiques auction market in a state of flux again. Chris Deutscher, one of the two main partners in the Menzies group, has announced his departure from the company. He intends to set up a rival firm by the new year.

New fairs aim to crack Middle and Far East markets

11 December 2006

Contemporary art plans for Shanghai and Dubai


Another record-breaking sale with $240m for post-War art

20 November 2006

November saw the art market hit a new high as Christie’s capped a remarkable series of New York sales with a record $240m (£131m) for post-War and Contemporary art.

Pollock sets new all-time high

06 November 2006

Jackson Pollock’s 1948 drip painting Number 5 has set a new record for a painting. Mexican financier David Martinez has reportedly paid $140m for it in a private deal brokered by Sotheby’s.

Contemporary art boosts Fine Art Society results

23 October 2006

CONTEMPORARY art has helped the Fine Art Society triple its turnover in the past four years, according to results just released.

Frieze effect heats London in October

23 October 2006

£57m Indian summer for auction rooms


Banksy bonanza

23 October 2006

Renowned Bristol-born graffiti artist Robert Banks, better known as Banksy (b.1975), has made himself into a globally-recognised phenomenon by planting his subversive guerrilla artwork in the world’s best galleries, museums, and amusement parks.


Paolozzi’s vision sets £120,000 record

11 September 2006

Weighing 1.5 tonnes, Eduardo Paolozzi’s (1924-2005) Master of the Universe is winched into position outside the Edinburgh saleroom of Lyon and Turnbull. The sculpture, one of an edition of four, provided the highlight of the auctioneer’s first Contemporary Art Sale on September 1, selling to Edinburgh gallery Bourne Fine Art on behalf of a client at an artist’s record of £120,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Phillips open London HQ for Frieze sale

02 September 2006

Phillips de Pury & Company will raise the curtain on their new London headquarters with a Contemporary Art and Design Art sale on October 14.



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