Peter’s Picks: Online Only Lots (Session One)

February 10, 2020

Here at LAMA we are constantly looking for new ways to engage our ever-growing audience. This past October we were thrilled to introduce our first-ever Online Only Auction, consisting of carefully curated lots by LAMA mainstays. This unique process aimed to accommodate buyers who might be new to the bidding process by providing an approachable alternative to the auction block. Now, once again, we are very happy to offer a hand-picked selection of works, open for bidding through our exclusive app until Sunday, February 16th. Among the thirty-six lots featured in Session One of our upcoming auction are works by Jean (Hans) Arp, Roy Lichtenstein, George Nelson, Louise Nevelson, Don Shoemaker, and Andy Warhol

A pioneer in abstract art, Jean Arp created a limited amount of jewelry, towards the end of his life, for close friends and patrons. He translated his iconic biomorphic forms into ‘wearable art’ and saw his designs executed by the jewelry maker Peter Ein-Hod at his artist colony in Israel. The particular scheme of Profile brooch (1963) is said to have been originally designed for fellow Dada artist, Marcel Janco.

Roy Lichtenstein, Foot Medication Poster
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

In Foot Medication Poster (1963), Lichtenstein presents a sort of study of the commercial imagery that animated the Pop art movement. The iconography of this work originated from a limited series of black-and-white drawings, featuring commonplace consumer items, that Lichtenstein executed during the period. While simpler and more restrained than the loud compositions of his contemporaneous paintings, Foot Medication Poster was obviously very significant for the artist as he later featured the work within his 1974 painting Artist’s Studio “Foot Medication.” 

In collaboration with Herman Miller, George Nelson’s designs came to largely dictate the visuality of the modern office. Nelson’s “Modern Management Group” series (originally entitled the “Middle Management Group”) consisted of twenty-two basic units that could be mixed and matched to create an efficient workplace. Designed in 1955 and produced by 1957, this system was known in particular for its eccentric color options. Lot 1020, however represents one of the series’ more subdued incarnations, rendering it a versatile option for nearly any modern space.

While Louise Nevelson is perhaps best known for her monochromatic relief sculptures, she began experimenting with printmaking in the 1940s. This medium offered the artist a dynamic way to explore color, opacity, and reflectivity. Within Moon Passage (1976) the plane is divided in half repeatedly, suggesting lunar phases and the transition between night and day. In her own commentary, Nevelson contrasted the horizontal orientation of the human body at night with its vertical stance during the day. She tied this duality of human nature to the very act of plotting two-dimensional artworks on a grid.

Nebraska native Don Shoemaker spent more than thirty years designing sculptures and furniture from the precious hardwoods of the mountains in Michoacán, Mexico. Shoemaker relied on hardwoods not only for their opulence, but for their inherent durability as well. In recent years Shoemaker has been evaluated as one of the most important figures in Mexican mid-century modern design. His works have gained similarly market attention as his integrous craftsmanship renders each piece as beautiful and structurally sound today as it was upon its original production. 

As one of originally eleven screenprints in the set, Flash–November 22, 1963 (1968), Lot 1032 features the sixth-floor window of Dallas’s School Book Depository, the ‘perch’ from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F. Kennedy. Andy Warhol was particularly intrigued by the iconic nature of the Kennedy family, returning continuously to images of Jacqueline Kennedy and eventually to the events surrounding the president’s assassination. Untitled (From Flash–November 22, 1963) offers a critical example of Warhol’s characteristically dark sensibility and his career-long inquiry into the commonalities between journalism and advertising.

Lot Information:

Lot 1001
Jean (Hans) Arp
Profile brooch
Silver with inset pebble
#18 of 100
Produced by Peter Ein-Hod, Ein Hod
Impressed “Design by Arp/18/100” and “Peter Ein-Hod/ST925/Made in/Israel”
3″ x 1.875″; (8 x 5 cm)

Literature: Jewelry by Contemporary Painters and Sculptors. R.S. Neu. 1967. #3.

Estimate: $5,000-$7,000
February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 1013
Roy Lichtenstein
Foot Medication Poster
Offset lithograph on lightweight, off-white wove paper
From an unknown edition size aside from the edition of 100
Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Signed in graphite lower right margin beneath image
Image: 15.625″ x 15.875″; Sheet (vis.): 22.625″ x 16.625″; Frame: 23″ x 17″; (Image: 39 x 40 cm)

Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (gifted directly by the artist, c. 1972)

Literature: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948-1993. 1st ed. M. Corlett. 1994. App. 3.

Estimate: $2,000-$3,000
February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 1020
George Nelson
MMG Desk & Return
designed 1955
Herman Miller
Desk and return each retain manufacturer’s label to interior
27.75″ x 60″ x 59″; (70 x 152 x 150 cm)

Literature: George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher. J. Eisenbrand. 2008. 272.

Estimate: $1,000-$1,500
February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 1022
Louise Nevelson
Moon Passage
Lithograph, etching, aquatint, and embossing with collage on paper
#14 of 75
Printed by Siena Studios, New York
Signed and dated in graphite lower right margin beneath image; edition lower left
27.75″ x 60″ x 59″; (70 x 152 x 150 cm)

Estimate: $1,000-$1,500
February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 1028
Don Shoemaker
Perno chairs (2)
designed c. 1965
Señal S.A.
One retains partial “Señal S.A./Hecho en Mexico” label
Each: 28″ x 21.625″ x 22″; (71 x 55 x 56 cm)

Estimate: $2,000-$3,000
February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 1032
Andy Warhol
Untitled (from Flash–November 22, 1963)
Screenprint on paper
#187 of 200
Published by Racolin Press, Inc., Briarcliff Manor; printed by Aetna Silkscreen Products, Inc., New York
Signed with edition sheet verso
Image/sheet: 21″ x 21″; Frame: 21.25″ x 21.25″; (Image/sheet: 53 x 53 cm)

F/S #II.39

Provenance: Racolin Press, Briarcliff Manor, New York; Private Collection; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above through Phillips, New York, New York, April 26, 2008, lot 31)

Literature: Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné. 4th ed. F. Feldman and J. Schellmann. 2003. #II.39.

Estimate: $5,000-$7,000
February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

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