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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

Even the most outstanding lot can get passed over in the excitement of auction day, and this past Sunday was nothing if not exciting! Luckily, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) ensures that these top quality pieces remain available for a limited time after the sale.

Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art at LAMA, has selected seven pieces which merit further attention. These remarkable pieces will likely disappear from the market for several years after this week; all the more reason to seize the opportunity to acquire them now. They can be purchased at a set price from LAMA today, no bidding required.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 65, James Welling, 6236, 2008
Available Now: $6,250
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 66, James Welling, 6618, 2008
Available Now: $6,250
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Two exquisite photographs by seminal American artist James Welling are waiting to be snapped up by a canny buyer. 6236 and 6618 (2008) come from Welling’s acclaimed series, ‘The Glass House,’ which captures myriad perspectives of Philip Johnson’s home in Connecticut.

 

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 90, Andy Warhol, Man’s Leg, 1986
Available Now: $37,500
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Acution

Amazingly, Andy Warhol’s Man’s Leg (1986) remains available. This piece comprises six identical photographic prints stitched together in a grid, a motif that Warhol employed regularly between 1982 and 1987. The excess thread has been left to hang down the center of the work, endowing it with a sculptural quality. The sharply angled leg, captured in relief against a patterned carpet, is amusingly cut off, suggesting an owner about to sprint out of the frame.

 

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 101, George Rickey, Two Open Triangles Leaning Gyratory III, 1988
Available Now: $150,000
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

An impressive kinetic sculpture, Two Open Triangles Leaning Gyratory III, by George Rickey is also still available. This timeless, minimalist work, created by the artist in 1988, is made up of two stainless steel triangles which move and turn in response to air currents, creating a constantly changing set of visual effects. This is further enhanced by the multiple reflections generated by the sculpture’s shimmering metal surface.

 

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 125, William “Billy” Haines, Coffee Tables (2), executed 1960
Available Now: $8,750
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

We are also offering a unique pair of coffee tables dating from 1960 by celebrated designer William ‘Billy’ Haines, which was formerly owned by Tom and Anita May – passionate supporters of Haines’ work. While these elegant tables are functional, they are also carefully crafted, featuring slender legs and narrow tops. They were custom designed for the couple’s Beverly Hills residence.

 

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 196, Florence Knoll, Cabinet, designed 1954
Available Now: $3,750
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Florence Knoll’s wooden cabinet would be at home in almost any interior. Designed in 1954, the textures of the cabinet’s wood grain serve as the only decoration in an otherwise simple form. This is an iconic mid-century piece by an acclaimed American architect and furniture designer, whose work exhibits the influence of her modernist teachers: Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen.

 

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 253, Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Bottle with lip, executed 1968
Available Now: $5,000
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Last, but by no means least, is a ceramic bottle by legendary Los Angeles artisans, Gertrud and Otto Natzler. This piece demonstrates the Natzler’s distinct attention to detail, with its delicately crafted lip transitioning into a narrow neck before finishing in a larger rounded base. The bottle is glazed in shades of azure and features the artists’ signature textured surfaces. Made in 1968, this charming piece combines practicality with beautiful form.

Dont miss an opportunity to purchase these exceptional examples of art and design, available now from LAMA. Click here for the entire list of available lots from the May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Lot 65
James Welling
6236
2008
Inkjet print
#1 of 1
Signed, titled, and dated verso; retains David Zwirner Gallery label verso
Image: 12.75″ x 19.5″; Sheet: 18″ x 21.75″; Frame: 19.875″ x 26.375″
Together with copy of original invoice from Artspace dated August 9, 2012
Provenance: Artspace, New York, New York; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, August 9, 2012)
Literature: James Welling Monograph. J. Crump. 2013. 82, 131-132 for similar examples illustrated.
Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000
Available Now: $6,250

Lot 66
James Welling
6618
2008
Inkjet print
#1 of 1
Signed, titled, and dated verso; retains David Zwirner Gallery label verso
Image: 12.875″ x 19″; Sheet: 18.25″ x 24″; Frame: 20″ x 26.5″
Together with copy of original invoice from Artspace dated August 9, 2012
Provenance: Artspace, New York, New York; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, August 9, 2012)
Literature: James Welling Monograph. J. Crump. 2013. 82, 131-132 for similar examples illustrated.
Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000
Available Now: $6,250

Lot 90
Andy Warhol
Man’s Leg
1986
Six gelatin silver prints stitched together with thread
Retains Fahey/Klein Gallery label verso
Overall: 31.5″ x 27″; Frame: 44″ x 39″
Provenance: Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Literature: Andy Warhol: Stitched Photographs. T. Hunt. 1999. N.pag. for other examples of stitched photographs illustrated.
Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000
Available Now: $37,500

Lot 101
George Rickey
Two Open Triangles Leaning Gyratory III
1988
Stainless steel
#1 of 3
Incised signature, date, and edition to base
77.5″ (maximum height, not including base) x 52.5″ (maximum width) x 7.25″
LAMA would like to thank the George Rickey Studio for their assistance in cataloguing this work
Provenance: Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, California; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above)
Estimate: $120,000 – $150,000
Available Now: $150,000

Lot 125
William “Billy” Haines, designer
Coffee tables (2)
Executed 1960
Custom designed for 1015 North Beverly Drive residence
Each: 19″ x 72″ x 21″
Provenance: Rita Roedling, Beverly Hills, California; Anita May Rosenstein, Beverly Hills, California
Estimate: $7,000 – $10,000
Available Now: $8,750

Lot 196
Florence Knoll
Cabinet
Designed 1954
Knoll International
Retains manufacturer’s label
28″ x 75.5″ x 18″
Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000
Available Now: $3,750

Lot 253
Gertrud & Otto Natzler
Bottle with lip
Executed 1968
Blue Celadon reduction glazed ceramic with melt fissures
Studio
Signed “natzler” and retains Natzler inventory label “O154″
4.5″ x 4.75” diameter (11.5 cm x 12.2 cm diameter)
LAMA would like to thank Gail Reynolds Natzler for her gracious assistance in cataloguing this work
Natzler archives identification #O154
Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000
Available Now: $5,000

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