LAMA Announces May 21, 2017 Auction Lineup

May 13, 2017

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.

The top lot of the sale is an iconic work by Mike Kelley, The Missing Leg, from 1984. The triptych is made up of three black and white compositions depicting a tin of lard on a fire, a pig with a missing leg and an LAPD badge. The Missing Leg is being sold by the original owner and will trade hands for the first time since its purchase in 1995. This triptych features the provocative imagery for which Kelley is known: usage of text, imagery and layered meanings.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 64, Mike Kelley, The Missing Leg, 1984
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

The May 21, 2017 auction features a strong representation by Abstract Expressionist artists. Paintings by Edward Dugmore, Paul Jenkins, Sam Francis, Alfonso Ossorio and Nejad Melih Devrim will all hit the block. A strong selection of prints and multiples by monumental Abstract Expressionists such as Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler will also be offered.

“LAMA’s strength continues to be presenting art and design previously unseen on the secondary market,” states Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design and Fine Art at LAMA. “For 25 years LAMA has sourced fresh material, allowing us to remain ahead of trends, and stay focused on what collectors want today, and in the future.”

Additional works from the same movement by David Smith, Oskar Fischinger, George LK Morris, Gordon Onslow Ford, John Levee and Emerson Woelffer will line the showroom walls.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 184, Paul Jenkins, Phenomena Wind at the Foot of the Anvil, 1975
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

A collection of sculpture will highlight the May 21, 2017 auction. Two kinetic sculptures by George Rickey, both from local collections and the original owners, sit as centerpieces of the auction in LAMA’s showroom. Two rare sculptures by Louise Nevelson and Claire Falkenstein tell a special story of the respective artist’s early practice. A small sculpture by Hans Arp, carries an impressive provenance coming from the estate of former UCLA Chancellor, Franklin D. Murphy. And a wooden sculpture by appropriation artist Mike Bidlo mimics the famed style of Constantin Brancusi.

Additional sculptural highlights by Howard Ben Tre, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Sol LeWitt, Jerome Kirk and Ken Bortolazzo will also be offered in the forthcoming auction.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Lot 129, Pablo Picasso, Aztec vase with four faces, 1957
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Design and Decorative Arts are also featured, including ten ceramic works by Pablo Picasso. The Picasso ceramic lots notably include a 1957 Aztec vase and a colorful Laughing-eyed face pitcher. A custom, sliding door cabinet by master woodworker George Nakashima comes from the estate of the original owner who commissioned the piece in 1960. An iconic set of drawers by designer Tejo Remy, famed for straddling the line between design and sculpture, will also hit the LAMA auction block. Design and Decorative Arts works by Marc Newson, Alvin Lustig, Frank Gehry and Beatrice Wood round out the sale on May 21, 2017.

The May 21, 2017 auction will be comprised of over 300 lots of fine art and design. The auction catalogue is currently available for purchase. Please visit for further information on catalogues, bidding and lot details.

Top Fine Art Lots:
Mike Kelley, The Missing Leg (1984), est. $600,000-$800,000
George Rickey, Two Open Triangles Leaning Gyratory III (1988), est. $120,000-$150,000
George Rickey, Two Open Rectangles Diagonal Jointed Gyratory II (1997), est. $120,000-$150,000
Andy Warhol, Rebel Without A Cause (James Dean) (from Ads) (1985), est. $120,000-$150,000
Alex Katz, Here’s to You (1962), est. $80,000-$120,000

Top Design Lots:
Pablo Picasso, Aztec vase with four faces (1957), est. $50,000-$70,000
Beatrice Wood, Untitled (Mural) (executed 1967), est. $40,000-$60,000
George Nakashima, Quadruple sliding door cabinet (executed 1960), est. $40,000-$60,000

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