Abstraction Takes Center Stage at LAMA’s October Auction

August 16, 2016

For Immediate Release

August 16, 2016

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.

“These two Ed Ruscha works are among my favorite highlights in this auction,” states Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art at LAMA, “further proof that sellers trust the LAMA brand to get the top prices.”

Additionally, works by Abstract luminaries including John McLaughlin, Sol LeWitt, Charles Arnoldi, Sylvia Mangold, Ed Moses, Larry Bell, June Harwood, and Sam Francis will line the showroom walls.


Helen Frankenthaler, Jade (1976), Acrylic on canvas
Estimate: $300,000–500,000 | October 9, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Jade (1976) by Helen Frankenthaler, the top lot in the sale, will go to auction for the first time this October. The work carries Frankenthaler’s signature balance of control and spontaneity, and emphatically demonstrates her facility with acrylics. The artist was often inspired by encounters with nature and, reminiscent of a foaming sea and muddy shore, Jade makes clear allusions to landscape.

Abstract Painting (1958) by Ad Reinhardt is the epitome of abstraction. Reinhardt himself regarded his black series as his “ultimate paintings,” marking the apogee of years of experimentation. Black paintings by Reinhardt are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Tate, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Further fine art offerings include two oil paintings by John McLaughlin dating from 1953 and 1955, a massive Charles Arnoldi relief from his “chunk series,” a screenprint of James Dean by Andy Warhol, a selection of works on paper by Sam Francis, a resin sculpture by De Wain Valentine, paintings by Ed Moses, and works by Roy Lichtenstein.

Design and Decorative Arts highlights include a Frank Gehry unique Fish sculpture, in addition to a Jean Royère “Tour Eiffel” chandelier, two Rudolph M. Schindler armchairs designed 1932–1933 for Sardi’s Restaurant, furniture by Sam Maloof, a Hans Wegner “Hammock” chaise, and a selection of California ceramics including works by Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Peter Voulkos, and Stan Bitters.

Top Fine Art Lots

  • Helen Frankenthaler, Jade (1976), est. $300,000–500,000
  • Ed Ruscha, Eight Trembling Individuals (1977), est. $250,000–350,000
  • John McLaughlin, Untitled (1955), est. $200,000–300,000
  • Ad Reinhardt, Abstract Painting (1958), est. $180,000–250,000
  • Ed Ruscha, Crescent Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon (2000), est. $150,000–200,000
  • Andy Warhol, Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean) (from Ads) (1985), est. $120,000–150,000


Top Design Lots

  • Frank Gehry, Untitled (1987–1988) sculpture, est. $100,000–150,000
  • Jean Royère “Tour Eiffel” chandelier, est. $50,000–70,000
  • Harald Nielsen for Georg Jensen “Pyramid” flatware (designed 1927), est. $20,000–30,000
  • Sam Maloof rocking chair, est. $20,000–30,000
  • Two Rudolph M. Schindler armchairs (designed 1932–1933 for Sardi’s Restaurant), est. $8,000–$15,000 each
  • Selection of Gertrud and Otto Natzler Studio ceramics, est. $15,000–20,000 to $5,000–10,000 per item


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The October 9, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction will be conducted at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406 and will start at 12pm (PT). Auction Preview: September 26–October 8, 2016; open daily 10am–6pm.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the fastest growing auction house in the modern and contemporary art world, is the leading auction house dedicated to selling Modern and Contemporary Art & Design.


For more information and images, please contact Shannon Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), 16145 Hart St., Van Nuys, CA | | tel: 323-904-1950 | fax: 323-904-1954 | e-mail:

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