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From his projects for the influential Case Study House program of the 1950s to his office’s acclaimed design for the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the work of Craig Ellwood helped define a new architectural aesthetic. Yet, many of his admirers are unaware that he enjoyed a vibrant second career as an artist. Los Angeles Modern Auctions spoke with Ellwood’s widow, Leslie Phillips, about his art.

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LAMA Catalogues

Renew your catalogue subscription for the 2016-2017 auction season, and check out LAMA’s archive of past catalogues!

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Paul Kasper Sculptures

Paul Kasper Sculptures: Planes in Space is the first-ever exhibition of a nearly half century of work by Paul C. Kasper, prolific sculptor, landscape architect, photographer, art collector, and patron of the arts. The exhibit includes over 20 sculptures from Kasper’s estate and sheds light on the whimsical artistic sensibility by which he crafted a multiplicity of dynamic forms from a variety of metals and utilitarian parts.

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Andy Warhol Shopping Bag (1963)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is thrilled to present two screenprints on paper bags: Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can (Tomato) and Roy Lichtenstein’s Turkey Shopping Bag will be available in LAMA’s October 9, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction. Both works were created for “The American Supermarket,” a celebrated exhibition organized by the artist Ben Birillo that opened in October 1964 at the Bianchini Gallery in New York.

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227, Norman Bluhm, Byzantine Windows (1992)

LAMA Director of Modern Design and Fine Art Peter Loughrey sums up the best of the May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction underdogs – “For one reason or another, there are sometimes pieces offered in our sales that, as they say in the movie business, don’t find their audience. Here are several that I believe deserve a second look.” Peter’s Post-Auction Picks include works by Norman Bluhm, Hans Wegner, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Richard Neutra, and Robert Sonneman.

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Peter and Shannon Loughrey, LAMA, May 22, 2016 Auction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions achieved top prices for works by local, national, and international artists and designers at auction on May 22, 2016. LAMA set world record prices for Sheila Hicks, a work on paper by Ken Price, and a painting by Jules Olitski from his late period, proving that geography is not a limitation for this boutique auction house.

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The May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction will begin tomorrow at 12 pm (Pacific Time). Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for Sunday’s big event.

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Lot 166, Philip Evergood, M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget, 1928

Sometimes a work of art has so much going on that it demands to be talked about. That’s certainly the case with Philip Evergood’s 1928 oil painting M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget, Lot 166 in LAMA’s May 22, 2016 auction of Modern Art & Design. The painting is fascinating and perplexing, just like the artist himself. Despite his orthodox training, Evergood painted fantastical imagery in a deliberately naïve style. M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget was the first Evergood painting to manifest those keynotes, and when the Whitney Museum of American Art mounted a survey of his work in 1960, it was the first picture in the exhibition catalogue.

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