Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

October 24, 2017

Amid the rush of auction day even the most spectacular lots can slide through the cracks. The 25th anniversary auction at Los Angeles Modern Auctions Sunday is no exception. Fortunately, these pieces will remain on the market for a short period at a “buy-it-now” price.

LAMA’s Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, Peter Loughrey, has handpicked six stellar pieces that merit a second glance post-auction. After this week, these outstanding pieces are likely to disappear from the market, which is all the more reason to seize the opportunity to acquire them now. The following pieces may be purchased at a set price from LAMA today, no bidding required.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 130, Franz Marc, Ruhende Pferde (Horses Resting), 1911-1912
Available now: $31,250
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Still to be snapped up is Ruhende Pferde (Horses Resting) (1911-1912), an exquisite woodcut by famed German Expressionist Franz Marc, who was a prominent member of the celebrated Der Blaue Reiter group. With its enigmatic subject and allusive composition the piece illustrates one of the prime tenets of the group, which sought to communicate spiritual truths through abstraction.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 245, Ed Ruscha, Drops, 1971
Available now: $15,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

The work of celebrated artist Ed Ruscha is practically synonymous with Los Angeles. Ruscha’s magnificent 1971 lithograph, Dropswhich is still available from LAMA post-auction—is a prime example of the artist’s characteristic deployment of themes derived from his home turf, as well as his signature sublimation of ordinary objects and subjects drawn from popular culture.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 33, Frank Stella, Stubb’s Supper (S-1, 1X), 1986-1987
Available now: $125,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Pop art doesn’t show any signs of going out of style—case in point is Frank Stella’s superb 1986-1987 wall sculpture Stubb’s Supper (S-1, 1X) (from Moby Dick Series). The piece, which is also available post-auction, retains its freshness and novelty up to this day with its minimalist forms and wry referencing of classical literature.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 126, Rudolph M. Schindler, Dining chair, executed 1948
Available now: $25,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

A standout 1948 dining chair designed by Rudolph M. Schindler for the Richard Lechner House in Studio City is also still up for grabs from LAMA. This elegant piece exemplifies Schindler’s signature integration of highly idiosyncratic, three-dimensional forms into his designs, as well as his predilection for whimsical lines that never compromise functionality.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 216, Jorge Zalszupin, Paulistana l0unge chair and ottoman, designed c. 1969
Available now: $10,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Also available are two exceptional pieces of furniture created in the latter half of the 1960s by Jorge Zalszupin and Poul Kjaerholm, each of whom were prominent proponents and pioneers of modern design. Zalszupin’s 1969 Paulistana lounge chair and ottoman, and Kjaerholm’s 1965 chaise lounge are remarkable examples of each of these trailblazing designers’ work, which seamlessly incorporated high craft with a minimalist design that emphasizes functionality, while remaining modern and classic.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 335, Poul Kjaerholm, Chaise lounge, designed 1965
Available now: $17,500
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction


Lot Information:

Lot 130
Franz Marc
Ruhende Pferde (Horses Resting)
Woodcut on tissue-thin paper mounted to heavy wove paper mounted to cardboard
From an edition of approximately 3
Inscribed “No 2” in graphite lower left margin beneath image; signed “F. Marc” lower right corner of cardboard mount
Image: 6.5″ x 9″; Sheet: 7.75″ x 11.125″; Cardboard: 12.5″ x 15.125″; (Image: 17 x 23 cm)
Together with Franz Marc: 10 Farbtafeln mit Einführung by Rudolf Probst
Provenance: Private Collection, Newport, Rhode Island; Thence by descent; Private Collection, Winterpark, Florida (acquired directly from the above, 2017)
Literature: Franz Marc: The Complete Works. Vol. III. A. Hoberg and I. Jansen. 2011. #23.; Franz Marc: Katalog der Werk. K. Lankheit. 1970. #825-2.
Available now: $31,250

Lot 245
Ed Ruscha
3-color lithograph on white Arches paper
Printer’s proof aside from the edition of 90
Co-published by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles and Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York; printed by Ed Hamilton, Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles
Signed and dated with edition in graphite lower left edge of sheet
Image/sheet: 20″ x 28″; Frame: 25.5″ x 33″; (Image/sheet: 51 x 71 cm)
Provenance: Joni Gordon, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Private Collection, West Hollywood, California (acquired directly from the above)
Literature: Edward Ruscha: Editions, 1959-1999: Catalogue Raisonnné. 1st ed. Vol. II. S. Engberg and C. Philpot. 1999. #54.; Made in LA: The Prints of Cirrus Editions. B. Davis. 1995. 341.
Available now: $15,000

Lot 33
Frank Stella
Stubb’s Supper (S-1, 1X) (from Moby Dick Series)
Acrylic on stainless steel, carbon steel, and bronze
#1 of 3
Edition incised to wall mount
30.5″ x 38.5″ x 17.25″; (77 x 98 x 44 cm)
Provenance: Arij Gasiunasen Fine Art, Palm Beach, Florida; Private Collection, United States
Literature: Frank Stella’s Moby Dick: Words and Shapes. R. Wallace. 2000. #128.
Available now: $125,000

Lot 126
Rudolph M. Schindler
Dining chair
Executed 1948 for the Richard Lechner House, Studio City
32″ x 16″ x 24″; (81 x 41 x 61 cm)
Provenance: Michael & Gabrielle Boyd, California; Phillips, New York, June 11, 2001, lot 108; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired through Sotheby’s, New York, December 18, 2004, lot 711)
Exhibited: “Sitting on the Edge: Modernist Design from the Collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, November 20, 1998-February 23, 1999
Illustrated: Sitting on the Edge: Modernist Design from the Collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd. San Francisco Museum of Art exh. cat. 1998. Pl. 57.
Literature: R.M. Schindler. J. Sheine. 2001. 215 for interior view of Lechner House.
Available now: $25,000

Lot 216
Jorge Zalszupin
Paulistana lounge chair and ottoman (2)
Atelier Zalszupin, designed c. 1969
Chair: 37″ x 32″ x 29″; Ottoman: 12″ x 28″ x 21″; (Chair: 94 x 81 x 74 cm); (Ottoman: 30 x 71 x 53 cm)
Available now: $10,000

Lot 335
Poul Kjaerholm
Chaise lounge
E. Kold Christensen, designed 1965
Model no. PK24
34″ x 61″ x 26″; (86 x 155 x 66 cm)
Literature: Poul Kjaerholm. Arkitektens Forlag. C. Harlang. 2001. 118-119.
Available now: $17,500

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