First time on the market: A diverse group of Modern and Contemporary treasures are offered at auction this Fall

August 2, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) announced this week the list of highlights that will headline their fall auction held on September 30, 2018. Each of the top featured works will be fresh to the market and have been sourced from various local estates and important collections. The auction, LAMA’s largest of the 2018 year, will feature over 380 works with a pre-auction estimate of $3.5-$5.1 million.

Sergio Camargo, Untitled (Relief No. 261), 1969
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Among the rarest is a 1969 construction by Sergio Camargo (est.: $500,000-700,000) which was only recently discovered in a Southern California home where it has been residing since purchased in 1971. Camargo, a Brazilian artist and a member of the European movement GRAV (Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel), is best known for his monochromatic constructions of cut dowels which form semi-geometric patterns. Untitled (Relief No. 261) is an exceptional and large example of Camargo’s most iconic work. The local owner purchased it on an impulse when traveling through London on vacation in 1971 from the venerable Gimpel Fils Gallery.

Ken Price, Groota, 1985
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Another exceptional work is a two-piece sculpture by Ken Price (est.: $75,000-100,000). Groota is a pair of the artist’s signature clay vessels with intricately layered paint, dating from 1981. The sculpture was purchased at Willard Gallery in 1986 by a well-known Los Angeles contemporary art collector and museum benefactor.

John McLaughlin, Untitled, 1948
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

A 1948 painting by John McLaughlin (est.: $80,000-120,000) leads a small grouping of works from the California Hard Edge school. This example was acquired directly from the artist in the year it was painted and never been on the market before landing in our auction. This example hasn’t been seen in public since the landmark retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1969. Other Hard Edge works include paintings from Karl Benjamin and Fredrick Hammersley.

Andy Warhol, Superman (from Myths), 1981
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

A group of 13 works by Andy Warhol (ranging from $4,000 to $120,000) rounds out a collection of Pop art works from a local collection that was built over 40 years. The classic screenprint editions Superman, Moonwalk, Flowers, Chanel, and an original work on paper featuring the Beatles will all hit the auction block for the first time. Other works from this collection include rare works by Tom Wesselmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, and Yayoi Kusama.

Carole Feuerman, Bibi on the Ball, 2015
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Works from another important private collection will include original sculpture, paintings, prints, and works on paper by Sam Gilliam, David Hockney, and Helen Frankenthaler. This collection also has a mini survey of contemporary realist sculpture by John De Andrea and Carole Feuerman.

The preview will be open to the public from September 17th to September 29, 2018.  The auction is Sunday, September 30th and will begin at 12pm (Pacific).

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Lot 144
Sergio Camargo

Untitled (Relief No. 261)
Oil on wood relief
Signed, titled, and dated in felt-tip marker verso; retains Gimpel Fils Gallery label verso
Together with certificate of authenticity from Galeria Raquel Arnaud and the Estate of Sergio Camargo
48.25″ x 40″ x 3.625″
Provenance:  Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Private Collection, Beverly Hills, California (acquired directly from the above, 1971)
Exhibited:  “Gallery Choice,” Gimpel Fils Gallery, London, November 17-December 3, 1970

Estimate: $500,000 – 700,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 200
Ken Price

Acrylic and metallic paint on fired clay in two parts
9.5″ x 5″ x 4.5″; 8″ x 6.25″ x 8″
Provenance:  Willard Gallery, New York, New York; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, 1986)
Illustrated: Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective. LACMA exh. cat. 2012. 238.

Estimate: $75,000 – 100,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction


Lot 155
John McLaughlin

Oil on panel
Signed lower left; signed, titled, and dated verso; retains remnants of exhibition label verso
23.875″ x 27.875″
Provenance:  Nina V. Sims, Beverly Hills, California; Stanley & Joan Wilson, West Hollywood, California (gifted directly by the above, c. 1962); Thence by descent
Exhibited:  John McLaughlin: Retrospective Exhibition 1946-1967,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, November 16, 1968-January 5, 1969
Literature: John McLaughlin: Retrospective Exhibition, 1946-1967. The Corcoran Gallery of Art exh. cat. 1969. #10.

Estimate: $80,000 – 120,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction


Lot 273
Andy Warhol

Superman (from Myths)
Published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York; printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
#5 of 5 E.P. aside from the edition of 200
Signed with edition in graphite lower right edge of sheet; retains printer’s blind stamp lower left
F/S #II.260
Sheet: 38″ x 38″; Frame: 51″ x 51″
Literature: Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné. 4th ed. F. Feldman and J. Schellmann. 2003. #II.260.

Estimate: $120,000 – 180,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction


Lot 239
Carole Feuerman

Bibi on the Ball
Oil on resin
#1 of 6
Signed and dated with edition in felt-tip marker
55″ x 33.5″ x 50″

Estimate: $60,000 – 80,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

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