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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks: Art & Design Available for Immediate Purchase

May 21, 2015

LAMA’s May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction was a rousing success with battling bidders, new world record auction prices, and total sales of $3 million. It’s not too late to join the fun, as several important and highly collectible works by the greatest names in modern and contemporary fine art and design are still available for purchase. Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s director and curator of the auction, has chosen six pieces from this group to highlight—masterful works of art by Agnes Martin, Cindy Sherman, and Jenny Holzer; as well as seminal designs by Rudolph M. Schindler, Hans Wegner, and ceramists Gertrud and Otto Natzler.

 

Lot 197
Agnes Martin
Untitled
1977

Agnes Martin (1912-2004) was a major figure in postwar American art—described as a singular artist whose work bridged the fields of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Her oeuvre, founded on geometric square, grid, and line formats, projects simultaneous senses of austerity and spirituality. This watercolor and graphite work on paper from 1977, with its stirring and evocative gradient blues, is a superb example of Martin’s quiet and contemplative art.

Available Now: $125,000 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Lot 197, Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1977<br> May 17, 2015 Modern & Design Auction

Lot 197, Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1977
May 17, 2015 Modern & Design Auction

 

Lot 246
Cindy Sherman
Untitled Diptych (Doctor and Nurse)
1980-1987

Cindy Sherman is one of the most celebrated and influential figures in contemporary art. Over the nearly 40 years of her career—during which  she has used herself as a model inhabiting scores of personae and alter egos—Sherman has conducted a consistent, stirring inquiry into the nature of personal identity. Her Doctor and Nurse diptych is a classic example of this: a wry observation of the manner in which expectations associated with gender and profession determine the way we present ourselves to the world.

Available Now: $10,000 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Lot 246, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Diptych (Doctor and Nurse), 1980-1987  May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 246, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Diptych (Doctor and Nurse), 1980-1987  
May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

 

Lot 79
Jenny Holzer
Inflammatory Essays (10)
1979-1982

Jenny Holzer explores politics, language, communication, and the disconnect between the private and public selves. The first examples of her Inflammatory Essays series were like public interventions, papers wheat-pasted to fences, walls, and construction sites around New York City. These provocative declarations—each exactly 100 words long formatted to 20 lines—were based impassioned commentaries on relevant current social issues. The arguments begin with extreme positions and further devolve into the near irrational—a metaphor, perhaps, for the darker impulses that lie beneath public rhetoric. These Essays are seminal works from a groundbreaking conceptual artist.

Available Now: $3,750 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Jenny Holzer

Lot 79, Jenny Holzer, Inflammatory Essays (10), 1979-1982
May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

 

Lot 130
Rudolph M. Schindler
Unit chair and ottoman (2)
Executed 1936, for the Van Patten house, Los Angeles

Rudolph M. Schindler (1887–1953) is a pivotal figure in early 20th-century modernist architecture and design in the United States, and particularly in Southern California. His architecture—most notably his masterwork, the Lovell Beach House in Newport Beach—pioneered the open, relaxed, indoor/outdoor lifestyle that is now such an integral part of Los Angeles. Custom built for his client Elizabeth Van Patten, for whom Schindler also designed a two-story hillside house in the Silver Lake neighborhood of the city, are early examples of the architect’s foray into modular, adjustable furniture—the first designs of that kind. With their peerless provenance, these are historic, truly museum-worthy pieces.

Available Now: $25,000 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Lot 130 Rudolph M. Schindler Unit chair and ottoman (2) Executed 1936 May2015

Lot 130, Rudolph M. Schindler, Unit chair and ottoman (2), Executed 1936
May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

 

Lot 1
Hans Wegner
Papa chair and ottoman (2)
Designed 1951-1953

One of the great modernist designers of the mid-20th century and master of seating in particular, Hans Wegner (1914–2007) helped make “Danish Modern” a byword for elegant, stylish, and practical furniture. Wegner considered himself a carpenter first and designer second, and thus his work was always made to rigorous standards of quality craftsmanship. The Papa chair is one of Wegner’s most exuberant designs—a dramatically re-scaled interpretation of the classic wingback chair. With its flamboyant form, it might be considered the very first piece of postmodern design. Definitely eye-catching, but more importantly, the Papa chair is supremely comfortable.

Available Now: $11,250 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

 Lot 1 Hans Wegner Papa chair and ottoman (2) Designed 1951-1953May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 1, Hans Wegner, Papa chair and ottoman (2), Designed 1951–1953
May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

 

Lot 38
Gertrud & Otto Natzler
Glazed ceramic vase
Executed 1968

The Natzlers formed one of the great creative partnerships of the 20th century. Uniting their skills in seamless harmony—Gertrud worked on forms at her potter’s wheel; Otto devised glaze formulas—the husband and wife team generated one of the great bodies of work in American modernist studio ceramics. This exquisite, expressive vase is a superb example of their artistry, with a cratered and crackled surface of mottled gradations in gunmetal gray to mantis green.

Available Now: $3,750 (price includes the buyer’s premium)

Lot 38 Gertrud & Otto Natzler Glazed ceramic vase Executed 1968 May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 38, Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Glazed ceramic vase, Executed 1968
May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

 

Lot Information:

Lot 197
Agnes Martin
Untitled

1977
Watercolor, graphite, and ink on paper
Signed and dated in graphite “a martin ’77” lower right sheet; inscribed “Top Top” upper center sheet; retains The Pace Gallery, Margo Leavin Gallery, and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art labels verso
Sheet: 12″ x 12″; Frame: 15.375″ x 15.25″
This work will be included in an upcoming catalogue raisonné to be published digitally by Artifex Press.
Provenance: The Pace Gallery, New York, New York (acquired directly from the artist, March 1978); Irving Galleries of Fine Art, Palm Beach, Florida (acquired directly from the above, November 1983); Private Collection, United States
Exhibited: “Agnes Martin: Recent Watercolors,” Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, April 7-May 5, 1979; “Drawings, Watercolors and Prints by Contemporary Masters,” group exhibition, Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, April 15-May 23, 1982
Estimate: $100,000 – $150,000
Available Now: $125,000

Lot 246
Cindy Sherman
Untitled Diptych (Doctor and Nurse)
1980-1987
Gelatin silver print diptych on semi-gloss double weight photo paper
#55 of 125
Each signed and dated with edition verso
Images (vis.) each: 8.5″ x 6.75″; Frame: 16.5″ x 20.5″
Literature: Respini, Eva. Cindy Sherman. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2012. 21, #10.
Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000
Available Now: $10,000

Lot 79
Jenny Holzer
Inflammatory Essays (10)
1979-1982
Offset lithographs on colored paper
One sheet signed in ink lower right
Sheets each: 17″ x 17″
Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000
Available Now: $3,750

Lot 130
Rudolph M. Schindler
Unit chair and ottoman (2)
Executed 1936 for the Van Patten house, Los Angeles, California
Custom
Unit chair: 27″ x 35.5″ x 34.5″; Ottoman: 15″ x 21″ x 21″
Together with receipt addressed to Miss Van Patten, dated March 16, 1936
Provenance: Miss Van Patten, Los Angeles, California;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California
Literature: Berns, Marla C. The Furniture of R.M. Schindler. Santa Barbara: University Art Museum, University of California. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997. 57, 124.
Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000
Available Now: $25,000

Lot 1
Hans Wegner
Papa chair and ottoman (2)
Designed 1951-1953
Model no. AP 19
A. P. Stolen
Ottoman retains faint brand “Made in Denmark/Hans J. Wegner/Copenhagen”
Chair: 39″ x 36″ x 36″; Ottoman: 17″ x 27.5″ x 16″
Literature: Oda, Noritsugu. Hans J. Wegner’s 100 Chairs. Japan: Corona Books, 2002. 68.
Estimate: $9,000 – $12,000
Available Now: $11,250

Lot 38
Gertrud & Otto Natzler
Glazed ceramic vase
Executed 1968
Studio
Signed “Natzler” and retains inventory label “0279”
3.875″ x 3.5″ diameter (9.5 cm x 9 cm diameter)
Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000
Available Now: $3,750

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