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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Flagship Modern and Contemporary art auctions return to form in New York

17 May 2021

The latest flagship sales of Modern and Contemporary art in New York showed a return to some normality after a difficult 14 months.

5 Questions: Clementine Perrins

26 April 2021

Clementine Perrins is co-founder of online Contemporary art gallery Crean & Company. Her 20-year career spans various areas of the art world, with experience promoting art fairs, launching galleries and managing private collections.

Buyers awake to opportunities

26 April 2021

The Osborne Studio Gallery, specialist in contemporary sporting paintings and bronzes, has sold this painting by artist Hubert de Watrigant (b.1954) for £18,000.

Bordeaux embraces avant-garde

19 April 2021

Exhibition tells the tale of an unconventional partnership opening up a conservative art scene

Bayrle underlines his commercial value

12 April 2021

The highest price at the sale of Modern and Contemporary art at Döbritz (22% buyer’s premium) in Frankfurt on March 6 was achieved for a mixed-media composition by the German artist Thomas Bayrle.

Banksy: far from anonymous in the art market

29 March 2021

For people who follow the art market, Banksy (b.1975) is now impossible to ignore.

Christie's changes category names for flagship art auctions

29 March 2021

Christie’s has announced that from this summer it will be renaming its Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary sales.

Banksy mania: Why the artist's screenprints are flashing up on investor’s dashboards

29 March 2021

Famous for the sort of graffiti that morphs into street art and critical acclaim, Banksy is now bringing in big money in the form of screenprints

Let us spray: an original rarity

29 March 2021

While Banksy prints abound at auction, the number of original works that emerge is understandably much less.

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