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Contemporary Paintings

Contemporary painters draw on the full range of historic art movements, including pop art, conceptual art, minimalism, impressionism, color field painting, and abstraction. Art collectors and art advisors scour the globe for new talent. Artists painting in conceptual- and abstract-influenced methods are in high demand.

Contemporary artists often work across an assortment of media, from video, installation, and sculpture, to painting, printmaking, and collage. These multimedia artists create paintings derived from or in conversation with their larger body of work.

Philips, a London-based auction house with a major location on Madison Avenue in New York, is known for its sales including young, living artists. The Christie’s “First Open” sales in London and New York are also very lively venues.

Gerard Richter, Christopher Wool, Spencer Finch, and Luc Tuymans are four innovative contemporary painters. Artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Zhang Xiaogang, and John Currin have breathed fresh life into figuration and portraiture. Amy Sillman, Josh Smith, and Katy Moran are three driving forces in abstraction.


Quick Facts

  • Many collectors, especially Americans who work in finance, make a game of prospecting on forthcoming “hot” artists
  • Joe Bradley's "Double runner (in 7 parts)," 2006, sold for £79,250 at Christie's London on October 14, 2011
  • A similar work by Bradley, Police Painting 2, 2008, sold for $1,200,000 at Phillips New York on May 4, 2015

Recommended Items at Auction

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Jacqueline De Jong – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Jacqueline De Jong – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,4001 Bid
Peter Klasen – „Grille (Haute Tension)“ (“Grille (Haute Tension)”)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Peter Klasen – „Grille (Haute Tension)“ (“Grille (Haute Tension)”)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €5,000- €7,000
€4,0001 Bid
Rudy Rowell (American/Louisiana, 1963-2009)
Dec 08, 11:00 AM CST
Rudy Rowell (American/Louisiana, 1963-2009)
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Jean Leppien – Du Vert au Rouge „6/55 LVI“ (Du Vert au Rouge “6/55 LVI”)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Jean Leppien – Du Vert au Rouge „6/55 LVI“ (Du Vert au Rouge “6/55 LVI”)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €10,000- €12,000
€10,0000 Bids
Jean Leppien – Cercle magique violet sur bleu „5/73 VIII" (Cercle magique violet sur bleu “5/73 VIII”)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Jean Leppien – Cercle magique violet sur bleu „5/73 VIII" (Cercle magique violet sur bleu “5/73 VIII”)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €10,000- €12,000
€10,0000 Bids
Józsa Járitz – Dirigent (Conductor)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Józsa Járitz – Dirigent (Conductor)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,4000 Bids
Christian Awe – „Lichtstrom“ („Lichtstrom“)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Christian Awe – „Lichtstrom“ („Lichtstrom“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €8,000- €12,000
€8,0000 Bids
Christian Awe – „focus“ („focus“)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Christian Awe – „focus“ („focus“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €8,000- €12,000
€8,0000 Bids
Jürgen Partenheimer, Untitled (90 VA 7), 1990
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CET
Jürgen Partenheimer, Untitled (90 VA 7), 1990
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €3,000- €0
€2,2000 Bids
James Bishop – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
James Bishop – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €5,000- €7,000
€4,0000 Bids
James Bishop – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
James Bishop – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €5,000- €7,000
€4,0000 Bids
André Thomkins – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
André Thomkins – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€2,4000 Bids
Claus Weidensdorfer – „Menschenansammlung II“ (“Crowd II”)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Claus Weidensdorfer – „Menschenansammlung II“ (“Crowd II”)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €500- €700
€4000 Bids
Andreas Schulze, Untitled, 1985
Dec 02, 6:00 PM CET
Andreas Schulze, Untitled, 1985
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €30,000- €40,000
€22,0000 Bids
Benedict Hipp, Blume II, 2007
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CET
Benedict Hipp, Blume II, 2007
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,5000 Bids
Helmut Dorner – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Helmut Dorner – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,4000 Bids
Helmut Dorner – Ohne Titel (APD) (Untitled (APD))
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Helmut Dorner – Ohne Titel (APD) (Untitled (APD))
by Karl & Faber
Est: €4,000- €6,000
€3,5000 Bids
Johannes Heisig – „Sonnenaufgang“ - „Corso“ („Sonnenaufgang“ - „Corso“)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Johannes Heisig – „Sonnenaufgang“ - „Corso“ („Sonnenaufgang“ - „Corso“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €12,000- €15,000
€11,0000 Bids
Paul Czerlitzki – „o.T.“ (“o.T.”)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Paul Czerlitzki – „o.T.“ (“o.T.”)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €4,000- €6,000
€4,0000 Bids
Andreas Schön – „Fahrt, capella goslar II“ („Fahrt, capella goslar II“)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Andreas Schön – „Fahrt, capella goslar II“ („Fahrt, capella goslar II“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€8000 Bids
Jürgen Schön – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Jürgen Schön – Ohne Titel (Untitled)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
Ulrich Knispel – „Mittelpunkt“ („Mittelpunkt“)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Ulrich Knispel – „Mittelpunkt“ („Mittelpunkt“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,4000 Bids
Ulrich Knispel – „Frohnau“ (“Frohnau”)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Ulrich Knispel – „Frohnau“ (“Frohnau”)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,4000 Bids
Peter Brüning – Komposition „XVII.552“ (Composition “XVII.552“)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Peter Brüning – Komposition „XVII.552“ (Composition “XVII.552“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €10,000- €12,000
€10,0000 Bids

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