MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION
October 9, 2011
Los Angeles Modern Auctions' single-owner auction of The Collection of Richard Dorso held on October 9, 2011 set new auction records for De Wain Valentine and Roland Reiss, who were both featured in Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. The sale totaled $1,536,000, more than doubling the pre-sale estimate of $657,000, with 100% of the 417 lots sold.
Born in San Francisco in 1909, Richard Dorso bought his first piece of art when he was 21 years old; he passed away this year at the age of 101. A participant and witness of the explosion of the post World War II Los Angeles art scene, Dorso spent a lifetime collecting art, whether it was visiting galleries on La Cienega on Monday evenings or going to young artists' studios - he just bought what he liked. Highlight pieces from the collection of over 400 works include fine art by John Baldessari, Robert Cottingham, Richard Tuttle, Paul Wonner, John McCracken, and Gustav Klimt. As part of the exhibit, David John of You Have Been Here Sometime designed and styled an interior showcase to present a current view of Dorso's lifelong collection.