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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

12 June 2017

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

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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.

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Russian artist’s horse sense

30 May 2017

An exhibition by Russian artist Damir Krivenko celebrates classical art in contemporary painting.

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Basquiat and Brancusi dominate NY art week

22 May 2017

The flagship auctions of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art in New York last week showed a recovery after a difficult 2016.

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Saville in the flesh at Edinburgh sale

22 May 2017

Jenny Saville’s (b.1970) contorted and grotesquely fleshy female nudes are hot property on the contemporary art market.

Jean-Michel Basquiat painting sold at Sotheby's

Basquiat enters top-five highest ever auction prices after $98m sale at Sotheby’s

19 May 2017

A painting Jean-Michel Basquiat set the fifth highest ever auction price in New York last night when it was knocked down for $98m (£76m) at Sotheby’s.

Christie’s auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen

Solid selling rates in New York as Francis Bacon and Cy Twombly lead Christie’s contemporary art auction

18 May 2017

Christie’s evening sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York met with a robust response last night and was led by paintings by two of the biggest names in the market: Cy Twombly (1928-2011) and Francis Bacon (1909-92).

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Peter Joyce works snapped up at Jenna Burlingham show

15 May 2017

Twentieth century British art specialist Jenna Burlingham returned to Gallery 8 Duke Street earlier this month for an exhibition of works by the contemporary artist Peter Joyce.

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5 Questions: Church Street dealer Daniel Levy

08 May 2017

Daniel Levy opened his gallery, Daniel Raphael, in Church Street, Marylebone, earlier this year. The contemporary art gallery features the works of emerging and established artists. In the future he plans to increase his involvement in the fair scene.

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Offer Waterman exhibition sees early success with exhibition of Contemporary figurative painter

28 April 2017

Offer Waterman’s ongoing exhibition of works by an artist who counts the Prince of Wales and Steven Spielberg among his collectors has experienced significant success during its first week.

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Nicolas De Staël 1950 work in Vienna auction

24 April 2017

A small 6¼ x 11in (16 x 27 cm) oil on canvas by Nicolas De Staël (1914-55), titled Composition and dating from 1950, is one of the potential highlights of the contemporary art auction to be held by Dorotheum in Vienna on May 31 and June 1.

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Cattle market in print form at Reading Contemporary Art Fair

18 April 2017

A framed limited edition print is Cattle Market by Jo Willis priced at £170, measuring 12 x 12in (30 x 30cm). It will be for sale at the Reading Contemporary Art Fair this weekend.

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