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John Smith: California Tapestries

May 1, 2014

In the upcoming May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, we are offering three tapestries from the Los Angeles artist John Smith, an early contributor to California design of the mid-century.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Untitled (Lion), c. 1960s, John Smith

Throughout the mid-century in Los Angeles, textile artists produced vibrant tapestries and mosaics to accent California homes and businesses. Evelyn and Jerry Ackerman and Millard Sheets figure as the most prominent of these artists, but the robust craft movement of the era featured many other talented individuals, including John Smith.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Untitled (Woman), c. 1960s, John Smith

Known for his tapestries and mosaics, Smith’s designs were featured in the California Design exhibitions at the Pasadena Art Museum as well as the interiors of several buildings by Welton Becket, the Los Angeles architect responsible for the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood. Smith’s tapestries are bright narratives designed to complement the warm interiors of mid-century Southern California. Alluding to an ancient era, Untitled (Woman) features an angular sun and geometric lines similar to the scene depicted in Warriors from the 1962 exhibition “California Design/Eight.”

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Untitled, c. 1960s, John Smith

Lot Information:

Lot 315
John Smith
Untitled (Lion)
c. 1960s
Hand-woven wall hanging
Initials woven
24″ x 30.75″

Estimate: $800 – $1,200

Lot 316
John Smith
Untitled (Woman)
c. 1960s
Hand-woven wall hanging
Initials woven
42.5″ x 31.5″

Estimate: $800 – $1,200

Lot 317
John Smith
Untitled
c. 1960s
Hand-woven wall hanging
Initials woven
31.75″ x 54″

Estimate: $800 – $1,200

For more information, or details on how to bid, please contact a LAMA representative.

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