Press Releases

LAMA Press Release May 13, 2017
LAMA Announces May 21, 2017 Auction Lineup

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

LOS ANGELES,CA- Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house of modern art and design on the West Coast, announces a selection of fine art and design for the May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design auction. The curated auction will represent coveted works of Abstract Expressionism, sculpture and decorative design, among others.

LAMA Press Release April 28, 2017
LAMA to Partner with Emerson Woelffer Estate and Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) and the Estate of Emerson Woelffer are pleased to announce an on-going partnership for the estate and legacy of artist Emerson Woelffer. This partnership will include the management and sale of the artist’s estate in future LAMA auctions and private treaties to benefit the Scholarship Fund of Otis College of Art and Design.

LAMA Press Release March 24, 2017
LAMA Announces Date for Spring 2017 Auction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles, CA- Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house for modern art and design on the West Coast, has announced the date of its Spring auction: Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12pm (PST). The auction will represent a wide range of modern and contemporary fine art and design including sculptures by George Rickey, Louise Nevelson, Jean Arp and Howard Ben Tré, paintings by Mary Corse, Alex Katz, and Paul Jenkins as well as three important works by Claire Falkenstein. Additionally, the auction will feature a strong representation of modern design with furniture by George Nakashima, KEM Weber, and Tejo Remy and ceramics by Pablo Picasso, Gertrud & Otto Natzler, and a monumental work by Beatrice Wood.

LAMA Press Release March 8, 2017
Local Los Angeles Auction Company Sets New World Records

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 323, Alma Thomas, Spring Flowers in Washington D.C. (1969)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) set new world auction records on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Over 900 bidders competed for 396 lots of Modern Art & Design, proving that the art market is as strong as the stock market in 2017. Rare works by Alma Thomas, Chris Burden, Keith Haring, Georges Jouve, Pablo Picasso, and Peter Alexander all far surpassed auction estimates with many achieving world auction records for the artists.

LAMA Press Release February 15, 2017
Local, Fresh Finds Go On The Block for the First Time

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house on the West Coast for Modern and Contemporary Art & Design, today announced an impressive selection of recently discovered works from original collections in Los Angeles estates for its March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

LAMA Press Release December 7, 2016
LAMA Announces Date for Winter 2017 Auction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house for modern art and design on the West Coast, has announced the date of its Winter auction, which will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 12pm (PT). The curated LAMA auction will represent many of the most coveted examples of contemporary artwork in today’s market to include rare paintings by Sam Francis, Ed Ruscha and Alma Thomas, sculptural works by Jenny Holzer and Harry Bertoia as well as prints, multiples and works on paper by Keith Haring, Richard Diebenkorn and Roy Lichtenstein. Additionally, the auction will have a strong representation of Modern Design with works by George Nakashima, and Sam Maloof among others

LAMA Press Release October 11, 2016
Results Are In – West Coast Art Market Continues Upward

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) answered questions regarding the health of the art market on Sunday with strong results from its October 9, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction. The top lot in the auction was an iconic painting by Ed Ruscha—Crescent Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon (2000), estimated at $150,000-200,000—which soared three times over estimate to $468,750. LAMA set a new world auction record for Bay Area artist Jay DeFeo, selling her 1982 painting Apex for $281,250, and a rare 1955 painting by Southern California Hard Edge master John McLaughlin realized $250,000. LAMA’s total auction sales for the Modern Art & Design Auction realized $4.6 million, selling 113% of the 431 lots by value.

LAMA Press Release August 16, 2016
Abstraction Takes Center Stage at LAMA’s October Auction

LAMA-Helen-Frankenthaler-Jade

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house on the West Coast to buy and sell Modern and Contemporary Art & Design, is pleased to announce an impressive selection of works for its October 9, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction.

The curated auction will represent some of the most coveted examples of abstract artwork, including Helen Frankenthaler’s intimate 1976 acrylic painting, Jade, and Ad Reinhardt’s Abstract Painting, a significant 1958 work from the artist’s pivotal black series. In addition, Crescent Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon (2000), an acrylic on raw linen, and Eight Trembling Individuals (1977), a blackberry juice on paper, both by Ed Ruscha will hit the block, marking a milestone for the auction house.