10 May 2012

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Massive Money For Warhol & Ai Weiwei At Contemporary Art Auction

Sotheby’s contemporary art auction in New York last night saw massive sales of works by Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ai Weiwei, with the latter two making record-breaking sums. Andy Warhol’s ‘Double Elvis’ silkscreen sold for a massive $37m (£23m), Roy Lichtenstein’s Sleeping Girl made $44.9m, while Ai Weiwei’s handmade porcelain Sunflower Seeds […]

9 May 2012

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£54m Mark Rothko Breaks Contemporary Art Auction Record

Before last night the price of $86.3 million, paid for Francis Bacon’s ‘Triptych’, 1976, in 2008 was the most expensive post-war artwork ever sold at auction. But now Mark Rothko’s Orange, red, yellow has been sold for $86.9 million (£53.8m). Wow. The painting was executed in 1961, and was sold at Christie’s in New York. […]

2 May 2012

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Munch’s Scream Tops May Art Market Bill

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is aiming to be the biggest seller in New York during May’s upcoming auctions. Private collectors as well as the big auction houses including Christie’s and Sotheby’s will be contributing a variety of pieces, some reaching well above $10 million. Other artist’s to feature in this momentous month are Picasso, Francis […]

26 April 2012

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Louis le Brocquy Painter Of Bacon And Bono Dies aged 95

One of Ireland’s best know artists, Louis le Brocquy, has died in Dublin at age of 95. His work,  mostly portraiture dealt with the figure in an uncompromising manner that won praise from contemporaries, like Francis Bacon. Brocquy painted many other well known personalities including W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and his friends Samuel Beckett, Seamus […]

13 March 2012

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FAMOUS IN THE FIFTIES PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANIEL FARSON

New Exhibition of  PHOTOGRAPHS By DANIEL FARSON 19 March – 16 September 2012 A new display of photographs by legendary Soho figure, Daniel Farson will open at the National Portrait Gallery on 19 March. Famous in the Fifties: Photographs by Daniel Farson will celebrate the multi-faceted career of Farson who worked as a Picture Post […]

16 February 2012

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Big Bucks For Francis Bacon And Lucian Freud At Christies

Francis Bacon’s 1963 Portrait of Henrietta Moraes sold for nearly £20 million, while newly discovered Freud drawing doubles pre-sale estimate at a Christie’s sale of post-war and contemporary art The painting was described in the catalogue as ‘the most seductive painting of a female figure ever realised by Francis Bacon’. Strangely, Christie’s had declined to […]

13 February 2012

Tate Picasso Exhibition Gives Us Moore

Picasso & Modern British Art @ Tate Britain – REVIEW It pays to be a little wary of the ‘[artist] and [category].’ exhibition format, whereby the name of a superstar artist (Rothko, Van Gogh, Warhol etc) is followed by a general category (‘Britain’, ‘the Modern Age’, ‘Modern Art’, etc). Too often it points to the […]

25 January 2012

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Sothebys Sale of Richter, Warhol And Freud To Make £35 Million

  February Contemporary Art Sale will include works by Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Bridget Riley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, and Leon Kossoff With 2011 being Sotheby’s 3rd most successful year of all time for Contemporary Art, – totalling at an incredible $1.17 billion – the auction house is […]

14 December 2011

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Free Art Exhibitions To See Over Christmas

Christmas is the perfect time to see what Art London has to offer – and all the better if it’s free! Here’s our pick of the must-see free shows for the holiday season The Big Ones: Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn @ V&A Featuring a selection of Ai Weiwei’s ceramic works and photographs made from […]

8 December 2011

Haunch Of Venison Reveals Mystery Of Appearance

‘One knows that, by some accidental brushmarks, suddenly appearance comes in with a vividness that no accepted way of doing things would have brought about’ – Francis Bacon This, according to Francis Bacon, is ‘the mystery of appearance in the mystery of making’ – the title and structuring concept for the major new exhibition of […]

14 October 2011

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Britain’s Most Important Post-War Painters New Exhibition

The Mystery of Appearance British Painting 1955-1985  07 December – 18 February 2012 London’s Haunch of Venison gallery is to mount an exhibition of ten of Britain’s most important post-war painters, revealing the story behind their art. The Mystery of Appearance is a fresh appraisal of ten artists – Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, […]

9 October 2011

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Picasso Exhibition Explores Influence On British Modernism

PICASSO AND MODERN BRITISH ART At Tate Britain from February 2012 A new exhibition titled, “Picasso and Britain” will be the first exhibition to explore Picasso’s lifelong connections with this country. This major show will exhibit more than 150 works from major public and private collections around the world, including 60 by Picasso. It will […]

7 May 2011

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Francis Bacon Masterpiece Goes Under The Hammer

Sotheby’s has announced that its forthcoming London Summer Contemporary Art Evening Auction will be led by “Crouching Nude”, an important canvas by the seminal British Artist Francis Bacon. The painting has never been offered at auction before and should realize at least £10 – 15 million . The oil on canvas was created in 1961 […]