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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Eudorah Moore

May 16, 2014

The upcoming May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features 14 lots from the personal collection of Eudorah Moore. LAMA is proud to champion Moore’s legacy by offering this selection of works – a majority from California artists – to a new generation of buyers. As she did in her professional life, Moore combined a dazzling multitude of disciplines when curating her Pasadena abode.

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Eudorah Moore (second from left), Bernard Kester (second from right), Lois Boardman (far right), Gere Kavanaugh (far left) at the opening of LACMA’s “California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way,” October 2011

Through her pioneering work for the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum), Eudorah Moore (1918-2013) organized groundbreaking exhibitions that introduced the world to California design. Her legacy began when she founded the Pasadena Art Alliance in 1954 where she soon became an instrumental figure in the arts and crafts community. She served as the curator and director of the California Design Programs of the Pasadena Art Museum, and was also the design curator from 1962-1977.

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Mountain Pot, Michael Arntz, The Estate of Eudorah Moore, May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction

Moore invited artists from every field of arts, crafts, and design, often incorporating recreational and outdoor activities such as playground sets and skateboards with Southern California’s best art and design. The resulting exhibitions presented the textiles, tapestries, pottery, and furniture that comprised a distinctly Californian lifestyle. “She is one of the most important people in the history of California design,” said Bill Stern, executive director of the Museum of California Design. “What was really extraordinary is that she had the ability to recognize what was important at the time it was being made.” From 1978-1981, Moore served as the visual arts coordinator for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Within Ercha, Llyn Foulkes, The Estate of Eudorah Moore, May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction

From Peter Loughery, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art:

“Eudorah Moore is one of the pioneering tastemakers of the modern movement in California, enlarging our definition of what qualifies as worthy art and design. Moore’s groundbreaking showcases embraced the entire California milieu: skateboards and helicopters mingled alongside tapestries and pottery. She welcomed any object imbued with the spark of creative thought.

Of her Pasadena home’s many gems up for sale in Sunday’s auction, Llyn Foulkes’ Within Ercha (Lot 271) is a standout – an early wild and dark oil and tar collage by this magnificently eccentric Los Angeles artist.”

To see this collection in person, come to the preview at the LAMA showroom, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Untitled (Wall Sculpture), Dominic Di Mare, The Estate of Eudorah Moore, May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction

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Vase, Harrison McIntosh, The Estate of Eudorah Moore, May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Exhibition catalogues (3), California Design Books, The Estate of Eudorah Moore, May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot Information:

Lot 268
Michael Arntz
Mountain Pot
c. 1965-68
Stoneware painted with oxides
LAMA would like to thank the artist for his assistance in cataloguing this work
40″ x 40″ diameter
Provenance: The Estate of Eudorah Moore, Pasadena, California
Estimate: $4,000 – 6,000

Lot 269
Dominic Di Mare
Untitled (Wall Sculpture)
1969
Woven wool, linen, natural fiber twine, horsehair
52″ x 15″
Provenance: The Estate of Eudorah Moore, Pasadena, California
Exhibited: “Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985,” Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, September 25, 2010-January 8, 2011
Illustrated: Lauria, Jo. Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985. Los Angeles: Craft in America, 2011. p. 24.
Estimate: $1,000 – 2,000

Lot 270
California Design Books
Exhibition catalogues (3)
1962-1971
Published by the Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena
Comprised of California Design Eight (1962), California Design Nine (1965), and California Design Eleven (1971)
Each 10.25″ x 8.625″
Provenance: The Estate of Eudorah Moore, Pasadena, California
Estimate: $500 – 800

Lot 271
Llyn Foulkes
Within Ercha
1960
Oil, tar, and collage on canvas
Signed “foulkes” lower left and dated in Roman numerals “lx” lower center; bears the inscription “Llyn Foulkes c/o Ferus Gallery” verso; signed “FOULKES” verso
LAMA would like to thank the artist for his assistance in cataloguing this work
Canvas: 60″ x 69″; Frame: 61″ x 70″
Provenance: The Estate of Eudorah Moore, Pasadena, California
Exhibited: “Llyn Foulkes,” The Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, February 15-March 1, 1964; “The Last Time I Saw Ferus: 1957-1966,” Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, March 7-April 17, 1976
Literature: Llyn Foulkes. Exhibition Catalogue. Oakland: The Oakland Art Museum, 1964, p. 53; The Last Time I Saw Ferus: 1957-1966. Exhibition Catalogue. Newport Beach: Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1976. #23.
Estimate: $30,000 – 50,000

Lot 328
Harrison McIntosh
Vase
executed c. 1956
Studio
Glazed ceramic
Retains paper label “Hand Thrown Stoneware/Harrison McIntosh/Claremont California” and impressed with artist’s cipher
12″ x 5″ diameter
Provenance: The Estate of Eudorah Moore, Pasadena, California
Estimate: $2,500 – 3,500

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

 

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