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.

Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, Suffolk

Works by Maggi Hambling and Antony Gormley to feature in auction to help ‘transform’ Gainsborough’s House into national centre

04 October 2017

An auction of contemporary and post-war British art will be held in Sudbury this month to raise funds to establish a national centre for the artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88).


Outsiders come for sale in Newcastle

02 October 2017

One of the UK’s largest collections of Outsider art will to be offered for sale at Newcastle auctioneers, Anderson & Garland on October 18.


London show features the works of impasto master Bram Bogart

25 September 2017

Vigo Gallery will feature an exhibition of the works by Dutch-born Belgian artist Bram Bogart (1921-2012) at Frieze Masters (October 5-8) and at its gallery at Dering Street, London (October 11-November 11).


New Glasgow Boy Steven Campbell features in three Scottish art shows

18 September 2017

Three gallery shows will focus on Scottish art of the later 20th century.

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A second Francis Bacon pope painting comes to Christie’s Frieze week auction roster

15 September 2017

Are Francis Bacon pope pictures like buses? Just a week after revealing details of the auction of Bacon’s 'Head with Raised Arm' (1955), Christie’s has now unveiled Bacon’s 'Study of Red Pope 1962 2nd version 1971', which will also be offered at auction in October to coincide with Frieze week.


Christie’s sale brings home the Bacon

11 September 2017

A rediscovered Francis Bacon is to be offered at Christie’s next month with a £7m-10m estimate.


Urban Art Fair in Brixton – "a gold mine of creativity"

11 September 2017

Tim Sutton organises the successful annual two-day Urban Art Fair in Brixton in July, where this year around 15,400 visitors spent nearly £15,000 buying works from 200 artists. Art was strung out along the railings and on stalls in Josephine Avenue.


Christie’s brings home the Bacon with auction of rediscovered painting

05 September 2017

A rediscovered Francis Bacon is to be offered at Christie’s next month with a £7m-10m estimate.


Frost is hot in a volatile climate

28 August 2017

A raft of contemporary and post-war art featured in the busy August schedule in Scotland. Such art remains a picky and tempestuous market north of the border. The latest results were scattered with a mix of bullish and more subdued results.


European union is revived at Whitford Fine Art

03 July 2017

Whitford Fine Art’s ongoing exhibition Trans-Channel Crossing brings together works by four artists, two from the UK and two from Continental Europe, who lived and worked in both places after the Second World War.


Music and dance make impromptu performance

03 July 2017

Kevis House Gallery’s exhibition 'Impromptu' features the works of Frances Hatch depicting musicians and dancers.

Andy Warhol

Warhol’s first ‘selfie’ sells for £5.2m at Sotheby’s auction

29 June 2017

One of pop artist Andy Warhol’s first self-portraits was hammered down at £5.2m in a London sale.

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New world record price achieved for Australian artist at auction

26 June 2017

A painting by UK-born Australian artist Sir Russell Drysdale (1912-1981) has fetched AUD$2.97m when it was sold by Mossgreen in Adelaide on Sunday 25 June. The price is the fifth highest at auction for any Australian artwork.

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Three men charged in New York over fake Damien Hirst artworks sold to a “multitude of buyers” on eBay

26 June 2017

Three men have been charged in a New York court in connection with a $400,000 scam to sell fake artworks by Damien Hirst.


Artist’s unconventional move from ZERO to hero

26 June 2017

Walter Leblanc’s (1932-86) paintings and sculptures create illusions of movement through the manipulation of unconventional media. Originally from Antwerp, Leblanc started exhibiting with the ZERO movement in the early 1960s.

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Pop artist Andy Warhol’s first ‘selfie’ to go to auction at Sotheby’s

20 June 2017

One of Andy Warhol’s first self-portraits is to be offered at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening auction in London on June 28 with an estimate of £5–7m.


Brixton’s al fresco vibe

19 June 2017

Every year in July the railings on tree-lined Josephine Avenue in Brixton become a vibrant space; an open-air gallery exhibiting more than 1000 pieces of work from over 200 artists, printmakers and photographers.


Malaysian artist makes rare visit

12 June 2017

The Malayan artist Cheong Soo Pieng (1917-83) is hardly a household name in Europe. Virtually all of his paintings that have sold at auction in recent decades came under the hammer in Hong Kong or Singapore.


Previews: £30,000 plus

12 June 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.


New angle on Cornish view

30 May 2017

Kurt Jackson’s 'Western rocks off St Agnes, passing fisherman' (2013), is among the pieces on offer at Messum’s exhibition of the artist’s recent works.