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LAMA Announces Date for Spring 2013 Auction

January 28, 2013

For Immediate Release

January 28, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA –  Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the fastest growing auction house in the modern and contemporary art world, is pleased to announce the date for its next auction:

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 12 p.m. (PST)

The cover lot, LAMA’s highest estimated lot to date, will be a never before seen Vija Celmins painting from 1964, Untitled (Knife and Dish), which is being sold for the first time by its original owners. Few other works are publicly known to exist from this short-lived, transitional period in 1964, the beginning of her contemporary art career. Similar works from this time are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


Vija Celmins, Untitled (Knife and Dish), 1964
Oil on canvas, 16″ x 18″, Signed and dated verso
Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist in 1964
Estimate: $300,000 – 500,000
To be sold in the May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction at LAMA

 

Additional paintings of note include a Larry Rivers painting, White Camel (1980), a large canvas portraying one of his most iconic images, and a Billy Al Bengston painting from 1960, Untitled (Iris Series), acquired from Ferus Gallery by Betty Asher. Other Fine Art highlights include Andy Warhol’s Liz (1965), a David Hockney swimming pool lithograph (1978-80), and a selection of Hard Edge School paintings, which includes an early work by Karl Benjamin.

Design highlights include a selection of lighting by Serge Mouille, a George Nakashima custom table from 1963, a large offering of Walter Lamb designs, an “Ox” chair and ottoman by Hans Wegner, as well as ceramics by Peter Voulkos, Gertrud & Otto Natzler, and Malcolm Leland.
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The May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction will be held at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406 and will start at 12 p.m. (PST).
 Auction Preview: May 6 – 18, 2013; open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
/ Auction catalogues available April 29th / Preview lots online May 1st.

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 20th century Modern Fine Art and Design. Auctions are held at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406.

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For more information and images, please contact Elizabeth Portanova, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), 16145 Hart St., Van Nuys, CA 91406
www.lamodern.com | tel: 323-904-1950 | fax: 323-904-1954 | email: Elizabeth@lamodern.com

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