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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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Unique 3D LOVE Painting Depicting the UK Flag
Apr 18, 9:00 PM EDT
Unique 3D LOVE Painting Depicting the UK Flag
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $600- $900
$2900 Bids
GIORGIO GOST - After Boetti Alighiero, omaggio a Alighiero Boetti, 2018
Apr 27, 1:00 PM CEST
GIORGIO GOST - After Boetti Alighiero, omaggio a Alighiero Boetti, 2018
by Meeting Art Casa D'Aste
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€5000 Bids
GUALTIERO NATIVI - Noc in signo N°2, 1971
Apr 27, 1:00 PM CEST
GUALTIERO NATIVI - Noc in signo N°2, 1971
by Meeting Art Casa D'Aste
Est: €8,000- €9,000
€4,0000 Bids
Gary Kuehn – Ohne Titel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Gary Kuehn – Ohne Titel
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €1,000
€8000 Bids
Karel Novosad – Ohne Titel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Karel Novosad – Ohne Titel
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €5,000
€4,0000 Bids
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Yayoi Kusama (1929) - Assiette "Les femmes attendent l'amour, mais les hommes s'éloignent toujours"
Apr 20, 7:00 PM CEST
Yayoi Kusama (1929) - Assiette "Les femmes attendent l'amour, mais les hommes s'éloignent toujours"
by Absolute Auction
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€5000 Bids
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Takashi Murakami (1962) - Assiette Pop Up Flower (2020)
Apr 20, 7:00 PM CEST
Takashi Murakami (1962) - Assiette Pop Up Flower (2020)
by Absolute Auction
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€5000 Bids
Paul Cowan, BCUASEE THE SKY IS BULE
Apr 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Paul Cowan, BCUASEE THE SKY IS BULE
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$500 Bids
Boo Saville, Untitled
Apr 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Boo Saville, Untitled
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,2000 Bids
Signed Jon Henry (American 1916-90) O/C Painting Titled "Thelonious", 1980
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Signed Jon Henry (American 1916-90) O/C Painting Titled "Thelonious", 1980
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $800- $1,200
$800 Bids
Peter Brüning – Bild II (Nr. 87)
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Peter Brüning – Bild II (Nr. 87)
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €25,000
€22,0000 Bids
Raimund Girke – Ohne Titel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Raimund Girke – Ohne Titel
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €1,000
€9000 Bids
Victor Vasarely – Paros
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Victor Vasarely – Paros
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €32,000
€30,0000 Bids
Raimund Girke – Sehr licht
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Raimund Girke – Sehr licht
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €10,000
€8,0000 Bids
Marcel van Eeden – Ohne Titel (2045)
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Marcel van Eeden – Ohne Titel (2045)
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €500
€4400 Bids
William T. Wiley, Thaw
Apr 24, 10:00 AM PDT
William T. Wiley, Thaw
by Los Angeles Modern Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6000 Bids
Hui Xin Wooden Rocking Horse, 2009
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Hui Xin Wooden Rocking Horse, 2009
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$5000 Bids
Etienne Béothy – Ohne Titel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Etienne Béothy – Ohne Titel
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €1,500
€1,2000 Bids
Etienne Béothy – Ohne Titel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Etienne Béothy – Ohne Titel
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €1,500
€1,2000 Bids
Victor Vasarely – TAU-CETI 36
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Victor Vasarely – TAU-CETI 36
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €22,000
€18,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Contemporary Paintings


Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen

Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen

Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Smith & Singer

Smith & Singer

Meeting Art Casa D'Aste

Meeting Art Casa D'Aste