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.


Modern business model for 1793 Gallery

13 August 2018

Kate Moss – or at least an arresting image of her by Los Angeles street artist Mr Brainwash – is coming to a Cotswolds exhibition to launch 1793 Gallery.


5 Questions: Francesca Fiumano of Fiumano Clase

13 August 2018

London gallery Fiumano Clase formed in 2017 when dealers Francesca Fiumano and Andrés Clase merged their respective contemporary art dealerships. Its next exhibition, BOOM, is a solo show of works by Roger Holtom. Here, we talk to Fiumano.


Cooper takes contemporary view at 30

02 July 2018

To celebrate 30 years in the business, Jonathan Cooper Gallery of Chelsea hosts a group exhibition of figurative painting, drawing and sculpture by contemporary artists.

‘Portrait on a White Cover’ by Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud nude sells for £19.7m at Sotheby’s auction

27 June 2018

A nude portrait by Lucian Freud (1922-2011) painted when he was 80-years-old sold for £19.7m at Sotheby’s latest Contemporary art sale in London.


Hail César: sculptor in spotlight

25 June 2018

More than 50 works by the French modern sculptor César (1921-98) are on display in the artist’s home city of Marseille.

'Stop And Search', a Banksy print

Banksy screenprints on offer at Chiswick Auctions’ specialist urban art sale

13 June 2018

Chiswick Auctions is holding its second dedicated Urban Art sale in London on June 20. It will take place in the evening, following the Post War and Contemporary art sale held at the west London saleroom on the same day.


Two London displays wrap Christo up

11 June 2018

As Christo, the Bulgarian-American contemporary artist, unveils his first public outdoor project for the UK this summer in Hyde Park, Stern Pissarro Gallery’s show also offers a look at some of the most celebrated works he and his wife ever created.

Christie's King Street in London

Christie’s relaunches summer contemporary art auctions in London – but day sales only

31 May 2018

Christie’s will hold two contemporary art day sales in London this June. The announcement follows the auction house’s decision to drop its summer series in this category last year in favour of its March and October offerings.


Love of print format is in the Essex air

28 May 2018

British artists dominated Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) Modern & Contemporary prints sale in Essex, with works by Banksy, Patrick Hughes, Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley and Grayson Perry all getting away.


Galleries feature past and present

28 May 2018

Two contemporary exhibitions in London next month feature artists with an interest in the imagery and techniques of the past.


Anthony Fry’s love of light shines through

28 May 2018

The oil on canvas 'Rock Hill with Wild Boar' is among the pictures on offer at Browse & Darby’s exhibition featuring the works of British artist Anthony Fry (1927-2016).


Whitford creates a Caziel rhythm

14 May 2018

Previously unseen paintings by Caziel (1906-88) go on show at Whitford Fine Art this week.


Marina Abramović comes to Masterpiece London in alabaster portraits

01 May 2018

Serbian artist Marina Abramović (b.1946) is famed for her unpredictable, avant-garde performance art but this summer she comes to Masterpiece London set in stone.


Austin/Desmond shows works of Chilean artists Mario Fonseca and Mauricio Valenzuela

30 April 2018

An exhibition on two artists active during the Chilean dictatorship of General Pinochet opens at Austin/Desmond this month.


Tomassos take contemporary focus

23 April 2018

This hyper-realist oil on canvas 'Orlando Furioso' was painted by Pierre Peyrolle in 1996 and is one of the collection of pictures by the artist included in La Profondeur de l’Artifice, the first exhibition for the French artist in the UK. It runs at the Tomasso Brothers’ London gallery until May 11.


Persian art specialist opens gallery in central London

06 April 2018

CAMA Gallery, a Persian art specialist from Iran, has opened its first London gallery in Westminster.


Contemporary artist Kirby’s gender agenda

26 March 2018

Contemporary art drew considerable interest at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).


ATG Letter: My copies of Antiques Trade Gazette are art in themselves...

12 March 2018

MADAM – I am an artist based in Liverpool. I found some copies of ATG in a charity shop and used them for a collage.

‘La Dormeuse’ by Pablo Picasso

Picasso portrait from key year of 1932 helps Phillips to house-record total

10 March 2018

Phillips posted the highest total for an auction in the company’s history when its 20th Century & Contemporary Art evening sale this week generated £97.8m including premium.

‘The Architect’s Home' by Peter Doig

Lack of market freshness deters bidding on Peter Doig’s ‘Architect Home’ at Sotheby’s auction

08 March 2018

Peter Doig (b.1959) prices have been on a roll with three works sold for over £15m at auction in the last 10 months. However, the latest major painting to emerge failed to attract any notable bidding in the saleroom at Sotheby’s and was knocked down under estimate.