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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Work by French artist Jacques Villeglé on offer in Berlin

27 September 2021

Born in 1926 as Jacques Mahé de la Villeglé, the French artist Jacques Villeglé has had a long and varied career.

Claude Lalanne’s bronze ‘L’Enlèvement d’Europe’

Modern sculpture’s power couple: Works by the Lalannes continue to rise at auction

25 September 2021

Demand for works by the artist duo Claude Lalanne (1925-2019) and her husband François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008) continues on a roll.

Cy Twombly, Untitled 2007

Sotheby’s reveals consignment win via livestreamed video

10 September 2021

Sotheby’s chose to announce its winning of a prestigious consignment via a livestreamed video involving specialists across the US, Europe and Asia.

Banksy's ‘Love is in the Bin’

Banksy’s shredded canvas ‘Love is in the Bin’ returns to Sotheby’s

09 September 2021

Billed as “an audacious piece of performance art” by Sotheby’s, although viewed by others as a publicity stunt, the half-shredded Banksy painting ‘Love is in the Bin’ is returning to auction with its estimate bumped up.

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The web shop window: Modern artist's take on a fish fossil

23 August 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Portraitist and prominent ancestor given joint show

23 August 2021

London portrait agency Fine Art Commissions is celebrating the work of British war artist and society portraitist Simon Elwes (1902-75) and his great, great nephew Jamie Coreth (b.1989) with a new exhibition.

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Bill Hardie collection among a Celtic quartet of single-owner sales

16 August 2021

Among a glut of upcoming single-owner collections on offer from Scottish and Irish salerooms, Glasgow firm Great Western Auctions will sell items from the estate of curator, dealer and writer William ‘Bill’ Hardie (1941-2021) later this month.

Richard Whittle of Whittle Antik

5 Questions: Oxfordshire dealer Richard Whittle

09 August 2021

Richard Whittle founded Whittle Antik in Oxfordshire earlier this year and offers a range of objects from 18th century oak to naïve folk art, Mid-century furniture, taxidermy and Contemporary art.

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Abstract art associated with St Ives forms the debut show at relaunched Cotswolds gallery

09 August 2021

Dramatically lit above a Windsor armchair, 'Up and Across' by St Ives artist Trevor Bell (1930-2017) is a dynamic work of abstracted shapes in fiery red, browns and gold.

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Art market: Bowie sprinkles saleroom stardust

19 July 2021

Record for a painting by the music legend David Bowie leads a look at rockstar attempts at visual art

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Bob Dylan art stays on track at auction

19 July 2021

Artworks by another legendary musician, Bob Dylan (b.1941), drew decent competition once again at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) this summer.

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Early work by Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett doubles artist's auction record

19 July 2021

An early painting by Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett (1946-2006) of Pink Floyd led a 200-lot picture section at a recent Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) sale.

Oliver Barker at Sotheby's

London sales are ‘best since pandemic’

05 July 2021

The latest round of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s represented the highest overall total for a ‘London’ auction series since before the coronavirus pandemic.

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The web shop window: Contemporary stoneware artwork

05 July 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Brus sets Austrian Contemporary artist record

28 June 2021

In the 1960s, the Austrian painter Günter Brus (b.1938) regularly made the headlines with his artistic happenings, which often involved covering himself and his models in paint and on one occasion, in 1965, led to him being arrested.

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Lyons debut in sculpture park

28 June 2021

This unique steel sculpture is among a series of monumental works by the late Michael Lyons (1943-2019) on display at Thirsk Hall & Sculpture Park in North Yorkshire thanks to London gallery Willoughby Gerrish.

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Sassoon's show brings Contemporary art to Parham House

21 June 2021

London gallery Adrian Sassoon has chosen the grand country estate of Parham House in West Sussex for a summer-long exhibition of Contemporary art.

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Nakashima frame design comes to Dallas auction

21 June 2021

Included in the design sale to be held by Heritage in Dallas on July 15 is this walnut frame from c.1970 by George Nakashima (1905-90).

Lucian Freud and David Hockney

Freud’s portrait of Hockney comes to auction

19 June 2021

Lucien Freud’s picture of fellow artist David Hockney will be offered at auction this month with an estimate of £8m-12m.

A Paris alternative to draw you in

07 June 2021

Although long-standing Paris fair for works on paper the Salon du Dessin has moved its dates to July 1-4, the other Paris fair, Drawing Now, devoted to Contemporary works on paper, usually staged at the same time, is taking place this month from June 10-13.

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