If you are a modern or contemporary art collector, this is the week you need to be in London as Phillips, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Christies all compete for your attention and your credit card.
In Berkeley Square, Leger’s sculpture “La Fleur qui marche” is running across the winter lawn towards Phillips which has three floors bursting with modern and contemporary art by a stellar cast of international artists from around the world including Ai Weiwei, Gilbert & George, Anselm Keifer, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, KAWS, Andy Warhol, Tracy Emin, Banksy and Allen Jones, Jake and Dinos Chapman, all for auction on the 9th and 10th of Febuary.
Down in St James, Christies concludes its season of 20th century and contemporary art sales with its Post-War and Contemporary Art Auctions on 11th and 12th February with a similar stellar cast, as does Sotheby’s with its Contemporary art sale on the evening of the 10th and on the 11th, while Bonhams (whose architectural staircase is a work of art itself) has its own sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art also on the 11th. Inevitably there is some overlap between the auction houses with artists such as Andy Warhol, Peter Doig and Lucien Freud and Christies has a selection of work from the Miles and Shirley Fiternman Collection.
All the previews show an international selection of modern and contemporary artists that confirms London as a centre of the art world, including work by Alexander Calder who is also the subject of other exhibitions at Tate Modern and PACE London.