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Women Lead the Way: June 2018 auction lineup

May 22, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), the premier auction house on the West Coast for Modern and Contemporary Art & Design, is pleased to announce the artists offered in the Spring 2018 Auction on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

The auction represents a snapshot of the current collecting trends of Modern and Contemporary fine art and design. It features a carefully curated selection of works by noted artists and designers from around the world. However, especially timely are several works by traditionally underrepresented female makers.  Works by Vija Celmins, Ruth Asawa, Helen Pashgian, and Mary Corse are highlights of the auction and illustrate the impressive impact women have had on the art world over the last 60 years.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Vija Celmins, Untitled (Fish), 1963
June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

The painting by Vija Celmins is being offered to the market for the first time since being acquired shortly after the artist’s landmark 1963 graduate show at UCLA.  Until recently, her early oil on canvas pieces have largely been overlooked, however, now they are some of the most sought-after works in her oeuvre.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), June 10, 2018 Modern Art Design Auction

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.809), c. 1965
June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Ruth Asawa’s circa 1965 wire sculpture has also not been seen on the market since it was acquired by legendary architect Edgardo Contini. The work was obtained directly from the artist after it was shown in Asawa’s 1965 solo exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum).

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Helen Pashgian, Untitled , 2006
June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Two works by women involved in the Light and Space movement are also newly offered on the market.  Helen Pashgian’s ethereal sculpture from 2006 shows the culmination of this artist’s brilliant career. The curved hybrid of painting and sculpture creates the visual sensation that it’s internally lit. Mary Corse’s minimalist masterpiece from 1988 has been in a private collection in Bel Air, California until this year, when it was specifically sought out by LAMA to offer in this special auction.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Mary Corse, White Line Grid, 1988
June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Regarding the Corse painting, Peter Loughrey, founder of LAMA, states “this auction was already coming together with important voices from women artists, but we felt it was critical to offer a strong work by Corse at this moment.” Corse is currently preparing for her first solo museum survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, which opens the same week as the LAMA auction.

Additional fine art highlights include important works by Ed Ruscha, Harry Bertoia, Dan Christensen, Ed Moses, Lee Mullican, and Ken Price.  Detailed information on these artists, as well as highlights from the design portion of the auction, can be found at www.lamodern.com.


LOT INFORMATION:

Lot 140
Vija Celmins
Untitled (Fish)
1963
Oil on canvas
Dated lower right edge of canvas; signed and dated canvas verso; retains artist’s label frame verso
Canvas: 17.75″ x 24.5″; Frame: 18.25″ x 25″
Provenance:  Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist, 1964)

Estimate: $500,000 – 700,000
June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 159
Ruth Asawa
Untitled (S.809 Freestanding Tied Wire, Two Parallel Two-Branched Forms that Interlock and Connect in the Middle)
c. 1965
Oxidized copper wire and copper tubing
Together with copper tag “S.809/60″
58.5″ x 32.5″ x 23” (including base)
Provenance:  Edgardo Contini, Beverly Hills, California (acquired directly from the artist, May 1965); Thence by descent
Exhibited:  “Ruth Asawa,” Pasadena Art Museum, January 19-February 21, 1965

Estimate: $100,000 – 150,000
June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 94
Helen Pashgian
Untitled
2006
Cast acrylic
Signed and dated verso
35″ x 68.5″ x 8.75″
Provenance:  Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (gifted directly by the artist)

Estimate: $7,000 – 10,000
June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 96
Mary Corse
Untitled (White Light Grid)
1988
Glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas
Signed and dated verso
72″ x 72″
Provenance:  Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist, c. 1988)

Estimate: $60,000 – 90,000
June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

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