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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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.

Warhol's Marilyn

Warhol's Marilyn could be most expensive 20th century artwork to ever sell at auction

23 March 2022

'Shot Sage Blue Marilyn' by Andy Warhol (1928-87) will lead Christie’s New York sales in May.

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Connect with art again

07 March 2022

Among the highlights at this month’s Connect Art Fair is an untitled c.1968/71 gouache on paper by British-Guyanese artist Aubrey Williams, offered for £4500 by Middlemarch Art.

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Less is more in the modern world

07 March 2022

Emerging artists and those out of the limelight become popular as buyers look for new names

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5 Questions: Modern and Contemporary dealer Henry Saywell

14 February 2022

Henry Saywell deals in mid to late 20th century to Contemporary works of art and furniture with an emphasis on paintings and sculpture.

Banksy's Merrivale Stable

Banksy stable sets house record in Newcastle

31 January 2022

This small wood and fibre glass sculpture by Banksy (b.1974) sold for £800,000 last week – a house record for Anderson & Garland.

Grand Palais Ephémère

FIAC loses Grand Palais autumn slot in Paris as MCH Group plans new Contemporary art fair

27 January 2022

Paris’ long-running annual fair devoted to Contemporary art, FIAC (the Foire Internationale D’Art Contemporain) has lost its slot at the Grand Palais.

Banksy stable sculpture

Banksy goes on spraycation to a model village

17 January 2022

This small wood and fibre glass sculpture by Banksy (b.1974) formed part of the street artist’s 'Great British Spraycation' series that emerged at British seaside destinations over the summer.

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David Hockney’s reality check as unrecorded copy of etching emerges at Bonhams

17 January 2022

There are only three other known examples of this early David Hockney (b.1937) etching titled 'Self-Portrait (not in S.A.C. or Tokyo)'.

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