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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Kneffel is the realistic choice

25 April 2022

Passengers on the Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 encounter paintings by the German artist Karin Kneffel (b.1957) whenever they visit the Britannia restaurant: eight of her monumental paintings of fruit adorn the walls. A more accessible way of finding a work by her presents itself at the June 1-3 sale at Grisebach in Berlin. On offer is her diptych (F XXXVIII) from 1997 which consists of two canvases, each measuring 5ft 11in x 5ft 11in (1.8 x 1.8m).

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Surf’s up for Maggi Hambling

25 April 2022

A small work by Maggi Hambling (b.1945) was among the pieces of Modern and Contemporary art attracting interest recently at Parker Fine Art Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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Artist Lynch keeps it real

25 April 2022

Not all Contemporary art has to be either abstract or wacky.

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Bravo to ZERO

25 April 2022

The starting point for the careers of many of the most successful Post-war German artists was the group ZERO which came into existence in the late 1950s.

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Twin powers: artistic brothers

25 April 2022

Identical twin brothers Josep and Pere Santilari (b.1959) star in Stuart Lochhead Sculpture’s exhibition Masters of Realism: Vanitas, Kunstkammer & Still Lifes.

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Smaller Gear still packs plenty of punch

25 April 2022

William Gear (1915-97) is among the Modern Scottish artists whose work regularly appears at auction.

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Miró given stamp of approval

25 April 2022

This painting by Joan Miró (1893-1983) titled 'L’Oiseau Bleu' will feature in a Modern and Contemporary Art sale to be held by Beaussant Lefèvre at Drouot on June 3.

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Jim Moir fits the bill

25 April 2022

This painting of a blackbird is one of a flock of avian paintings featured at Grosvenor Gallery’s show See them Richards? It features the work of Jim Moir (b.1959) – more familiar to most as the comedian Vic Reeves (his stage name).

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Works by Bratby and Lowndes emerge at Halls

25 April 2022

One of the highlights at the timed online of Modern and Contemporary Art Auction at Halls of Shrewsbury, which closes on May 2, is a large painting of sunflowers by John Bratby (1928-92).

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Vasarely on repeat

25 April 2022

The catalogue cover lot for the sale of Contemporary Art at Aguttes in Neuilly on April 28 will be this 2ft 7in x 2ft 5½in (78.5 x 75cm) acrylic on panel from 1983 by Victor Vasarely (1906-97) titled Pereg.

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Homage to Hockney

25 April 2022

Rob Fisher painted 'Splash Test One' specially for inclusion in the exhibition Splash: Ode to Hockney.

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Gore captures island charm

25 April 2022

Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) Modern & Contemporary Art sale on March 16 was led by some distance by the rare lead Mother and Child sculpture by Henry Moore (1898-1986) which was bid to £320,000 (see News, ATG No 2535).

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Günter Fruhtrunk: Not just famous for a shopping bag

25 April 2022

It took the German painter Günter Fruhtrunk many decades before he arrived at the art form for which he is best known.

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Portrait by royal approval

25 April 2022

A full-length portrait of the queen by Nicky Philipps is among the highlights at Fine Art Commission’s exhibition of Royal Portraits this spring.

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Man Ray by his mate Warhol

25 April 2022

One of the highlights of the Contemporary art auction at Dorotheum in Vienna on June 1 is Andy Warhol’s portrait of his favourite artist, the Surrealist and photographer Man Ray, which he created in 1974 after a photo session in Paris.

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Homage to pioneering art dealer at Sotheby’s Paris

25 April 2022

It was a white-glove result for the sale of works from the collection of André Mourgues at Sotheby’s Paris (25/20/10.9% buyer’s premium plus 1% overhead premium) where the 79 lots raised a premium-inclusive total that was just a shade under €10m.

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It’s a freeform design, by Jouve

25 April 2022

The toast of Briscadieu’s (23% buyer’s premium) sale in Bordeaux on April 9 was this freeform ceramic wall sculpture by the French ceramicist Georges Jouve (1910-40).

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Ethiopian dealership launches London base

25 April 2022

Contemporary African art was a topic of discussion at last month’s The Art Business Conference in London.

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Baselitz: the remix version

25 April 2022

Since 2005, the German painter Georg Baselitz has been creating a new body of work by revisiting several of his iconic works, primarily from the 1960s, and interpreting them anew. He worked only from photographs, executing not copies, but what he calls a “remix”.

The British Art Fair

Will Ramsay adds British Art Fair to worldwide line-up

04 April 2022

The British Art Fair has been bought by Ramsay Fairs.

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