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Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: LA Connections

February 25, 2015

LAMA and Artsy

LAMA is excited to be the first commercial auction house to partner with Artsy for the upcoming March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. Together LAMA and Artsy are presenting 24 lots, which will be biddable via Artsy’s online technology (Read more about Artsy’s involvement in the March 1st auction here).

Peter Loughrey, founder and director of LAMA, has picked eight key lots to highlight having the City of Angels in common. These works in LA Connections demonstrate the importance of the art scene, and how so many were made in, around, about, or for Los Angeles.

Peter Loughrey, Director of LAMA, March 1, 2015 Auction

Los Angeles has a rich history as a center of art. Ferus Gallery (1957—1966) was a magnet for the coolest East and West Coast artists. (Famously, Ferus was the first commercial gallery to show Andy Warhol and his Campbell’s Soup Cans on the left side of the U.S.) The West Coast fosters a liberating and pioneering approach to experimentation in art. Artists here were inspired by the physical, social, and technical environment— resulting in movements like Light and Space and Finish Fetish. World-class museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) call Los Angeles home, as do Hollywood and its celebrity culture. Attendance keeps rising and buzz continues to surround all of Los Angeles’s art fairs: Paris Photo Los Angeles, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, LA Art Show, and Paramount Ranch. And young artists continue to migrate to LA for its stellar fine art institutions and programs, and its affordable light and space in which to make art. At the March 1 auction you can see how Los Angeles attracts great art and design with key lots by Frank Stella, Alexander Calder, Charles and Ray Eames, Lucian Freud, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Peter Alexander, and Jeff Koons.

Lot 99
Frank Stella

Purple Series (9)

This full suite of lithographs by blue-chip artist Frank Stella was produced at Los Angeles printing powerhouse Gemini G.E.L. It’s being deaccessioned from LACMA’s collection–comes with fantastic provenance!

Lot 99, Frank Stella, Purple Series (9), 1972

Lot 99, Frank Stella, Purple Series (9), 1972
March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction


Lot 201
Alexander Calder

Untitled (LACMA Poster)

Alexander Calder created this lithograph and used its image to design the poster for LACMA’s opening in 1965. The well-known New York artist was thrilled to contribute to the birth of the Los Angeles art institution. This lithograph is in exceptional condition and retains the artist’s signature in graphite.

Lot 201, Alexander Calder, Untitled (LACMA Poster), 1965

Lot 201, Alexander Calder, Untitled (LACMA Poster), 1965
March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction 


Lot 32
Charles and Ray Eames

Lounge Chair & Ottoman (2)

Charles and Ray Eames chose to set up shop in Los Angeles in the 1940s. The designers produced Mid-Century Modern furniture icons like this lounge chair and ottoman duo. The classic design seamlessly works in all modern homes, oozing a Southern California vibe.

Lot 32, Charles & Ray Eames Lounge chair & ottoman (2), Designed 1956; this example executed before 1995

 Lot 32, Charles & Ray Eames Lounge chair & ottoman (2), Designed 1956; this example executed before 1995
 March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction


Lot 87
Lucian Freud
After Chardin (Small Plate) 

One of the foremost figurative contemporary artists, Lucian Freud, best known as a painter, revisited etching as a favored medium in the early 1980s. This etching was produced by LACMA and comes from MOCA’s collection—comes with museum-to-museum history! This is a collector’s no-brainer.

Lot 87, Lucian Freud, After Chardin (Small Plate), 2000

 Lot 87, Lucian Freud, After Chardin (Small Plate), 2000
March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction


Lot 11
Ed Ruscha

Pearl Dust Combination (from Insects Portfolio) 

Los Angeles-based artist and icon Ed Ruscha defies categorization with his diverse output of photographic books and tongue-in-cheek photo-collages, paintings, and drawings. His Insects Portfolio reflects the physical condition, or infestation, rather, of his studio. Don’t worry–no actual pests were used. The layer of pearl dust adds an unexpectedly luxurious sheen. Having been in a flat file since new, this screenprint is in pristine condition and is ready for framing.

Lot 11, Ed Ruscha, Pearl Dust Combination (from Insects Portfolio), 1972

Lot 11, Ed Ruscha, Pearl Dust Combination (from Insects Portfolio), 1972
March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction


Lot 205
Andy Warhol, Sidewalk from (Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary Portfolio)

Andy Warhol is of course known for his fascination with celebrity. Produced from a photograph taken by Warhol, this screenprint shows the footprints, handprints, and autographs of movie stars on Hollywood Boulevard by what was once Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (now Mann’s Chinese Theatre). This print is from the Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary Portfolio, published as a fundraiser for the new MOCA building (now called the Geffen Contemporary).

Lot 205, Andy Warhol Sidewalk (from Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary Portfolio), 1983; published 1984

Lot 205, Andy Warhol, Sidewalk (from Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary Portfolio), 1983; published 1984
March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction


Lot 221
Jeff Koons

Balloon Dog (Red) 

Blue-chip artist Jeff Koons turns banal objects into high art icons. His monumental Balloon Dogs are in museum collections worldwide. But you can get your own Koons sculpture at desktop size! This lot was published by MOCA Editions, and comes with its original box and plate stand. LA’ s allure attracted art star Koons out west, allowing Angelenos to take a piece of him home.

Lot 221, Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Red), 1995

Lot 221, Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Red), 1995
March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction 


Lot 13
Peter Alexander

Wedge with Puff

Peter Alexander is one of the pioneering California Light and Space artists of the 1960s. This is an exciting find—the beautiful, luminescent Wedge with Puff is among his earliest cast polyester resin pieces (rare because he later revisited cast resin in urethane since it was less toxic for him to use) . This lot is on the market for the first time, having originally been acquired from the artist directly!

Lot 13, Peter Alexander, Wedge with Puff, 1968

Lot 13, Peter Alexander, Wedge with Puff, 1968
March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

 

Lot Information:

Lot 99
Frank Stella
Purple Series (9)
1972
The full suite of nine color lithographs on Zerkall Copperplate Deluxe paper
#87 of 100 each
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Each signed with edition and date in pencil with Gemini G.E.L. blind stamp lower right margin of sheet
Sheets each: 16″ x 22″
Gemini G.E.L. #51.77-#51.85
Provenance: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Literature: Axsom, Richard H. The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné: 1968-1982. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1983. #65-#72.
Estimate: $18,000 – $25,000

Lot 201
Alexander Calder
Untitled (LACMA Poster)
1965
Color lithograph on paper
#9 of 100
Signed in pencil lower right sheet; edition lower left; retains an “Art Museum Council/Los Angeles County Museum of Art” Art Rental Gallery label verso
Image/sheet: 33″ x 25″; Frame: 39.5″ x 31.5″
Literature: Barron, Stephanie, and Lisa Mark, eds. Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2013. 7 for poster version with text.
Estimate: $1,500 – $2,000

Lot 32
Charles & Ray Eames
Lounge chair & ottoman (2)
Designed 1956; this example executed before 1995
Model nos. 670 (chair) and 671 (ottoman)
Herman Miller
Chair: 32″ x 32″ x 34″; Ottoman: 16.25″ x 25.25″ x 22.5″
Literature: Neuhart, John & Marilyn. Eames Design: The Work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. New York: Abrams, 1989. 207.
Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000

Lot 87
Lucian Freud
After Chardin (Small Plate)
2000
Hardground line etching on Somerset White 300-gram paper
#1 of 80
Published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Artist’s initials in pencil lower right margin of sheet beneath image; edition lower left; artist’s initials in plate lower left image
Image: 6″ x 7.75″; Sheet: 15″ x 19.875″
Together with print documentation and letter from MOCA
Provenance: MOCA, Los Angeles, California;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (gifted directly by the above, 2000)
Literature: Figura, Starr. Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2007. 33.
Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000

Lot 11
Ed Ruscha
Pearl Dust Combination (from Insects Portfolio)
1972
9-color screenprint with pearl dust on Fabriano Classico glazed-finish watercolor paper
#20 of 100
Published by Multiples, Inc., New York; printed by Styria Studio, New York
Signed and dated in pencil lower right sheet; edition lower left; printed artist’s and publisher’s copyright stamp verso
Image/sheet: 20.125″ x 27″
Literature: Engberg, Siri, and Clive Phillpot. Edward Ruscha: Editions, 1959-1999: Catalogue Raisonné. 1st ed. Vol II. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1999. #65.
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000

Lot 205
Andy Warhol
Sidewalk (from Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary Portfolio)
1983; published 1984
Color screenprint on Dutch Etching paper
#110 of 250
Published by MOCA; printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Signed in pencil with edition lower left sheet
Image/sheet: 29″ x 42″
F/S #II.304
Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from MOCA, Los Angeles, California)
Literature: Danto, Arthur C., Donna De Salvo, Frayda Feldman, Claudia Defendi, and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné: 1962-1987. 4th ed. New York: D.A.P., 2003. 132, #II.304.
Estimate: $6,000 – $9,000

Lot 221
Jeff Koons
Balloon Dog (Red)
1995
Cast porcelain with red reflective finish
#254 of 2,300
Published by MOCA Editions, Los Angeles
Retains facsimile signature on MOCA label with date and edition verso
10.25″ diameter
Together with original box and plate stand
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Lot 13
Peter Alexander
Wedge with Puff
1968
Polyester resin
11.5″ x 15.25″ x 11.5″
Together with copy of receipt from the artist
Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist, 1968)
Literature: Plagens, Peter. “The Sculpture of Peter Alexander.” Artforum Oct. 1970: 48-51 for similar example from the same period illustrated.
Estimate: $7,000 – $9,000

 

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