Vasa Mihich

b. 1933

LAMA set the word auction record for any work by Vasa on May 15, 2015 with Tower (4) realzing $37,500.

Lot 1
Vasa Mihich
Rectangular tower
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $4,687
May 21, 2017
Lot 2
Vasa Mihich
Tower
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,250
May 21, 2017
Lot 3
Vasa Mihich
Column
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,312
May 21, 2017
Lot 4
Vasa Mihich
Sphere
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $8,125
May 21, 2017
Lot 5
Vasa Mihich
Columns (4)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $5,625
May 21, 2017
Lot 357
Vasa Mihich
Tower
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $11,250
March 5, 2017
Lot 358
Vasa Mihich
Rectangular tower
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $8,125
March 5, 2017
Lot 359
Vasa Mihich
Spheres (2)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $7,500
March 5, 2017
Lot 360
Vasa Mihich
Tower of Columns
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $10,625
March 5, 2017
Lot 69
Vasa Mihich
Tower #212
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,375
May 22, 2016
Lot 13
Vasa Mihich
Tower #1350
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,687
February 21, 2016
Lot 63
Vasa Mihich
Tower (4)
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $37,500
May 17, 2015
Lot 64
Vasa Mihich
Sculpture #687
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,875
May 17, 2015
Lot 145
Vasa Mihich
#1402 Rectangular Column
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $11,875
February 23, 2014
Lot 216
Vasa Mihich
Sculpture #2340 & Towers (3)
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $4,375
October 13, 2013
Lot 217
Vasa Mihich
Sculpture #1918
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $2,000
October 13, 2013
Lot 218
Vasa Mihich
Sphere #2543
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,750
October 13, 2013
Lot 317
Vasa Mihich
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,750
May 19, 2013
Lot 5
Vasa Mihich
Tower
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $8,750
May 6, 2012
Lot 6
Vasa Mihich
Towers (3)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $7,500
May 6, 2012
Lot 305
Vasa Mihich
Sculptures (4)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $3,250
December 11, 2011
Lot 306
Vasa Mihich
Group of sculptures (6)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $750
December 11, 2011
Lot 254
Vasa Mihich
Untitled #1494
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $14,700
October 9, 2011
Lot 255
Vasa Mihich
Untitled (2) Triangles
Estimate: $500 - $800
Price Realized: $2,082
October 9, 2011
Lot 143
Vasa Mihich
Crimson, Yellow and Green (Tower)
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $5,625
March 6, 2011
Lot 144
Vasa Mihich
Untitled
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $2,125
March 6, 2011
Lot 145
Vasa Mihich
Untitled (#2963)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $22,500
March 6, 2011
Lot 171
Vasa Mihich
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $3,675
May 23, 2010
Lot 489
Vasa Mihich
Acrylic sculpture (4 towers)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $3,600
October 14, 2007
Lot 51
Vasa Mihich
Acrylic sculpture
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $9,600
December 3, 2006
Lot 66
Vasa Mihich
Rectangular scuplture (4 pieces)
Estimate: $1,800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $2,640
June 18, 2006
Lot 314
Vasa Mihich
Sculptures (2)
Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized: $1,800
June 18, 2006

About The Artist

The vibrant, abstract painting and sculpture of legendary Los Angeles-based artist Vasa Mihich played an important role in the art scene of post-war Southern California. His work is defined by its experimentation with the formal and perceptual properties of plastics, a material which inspired the direction of many other artists at the time, such as Larry Bell, Craig Kauffman, and Peter Alexander.

While Vasa is commonly associated with this so-called ‘finish fetish’ movement, these artists poured polyester resin into molds, thus creating a block in a single color, which modulates due to the changing thickness of the material. Vasa’s work, however, comprises cut pieces of pre-made plastic which have been laminated together to create geometric forms such as cylinders, spheres, and pyramids. These universal forms enable the artist to create an interplay between tone, light, and reflection. In an interview with LAMA he said, “The principle behind the constructions was to liberate the individual sections of color from the common flat surface of the painting and lift them into space, exposing them to the light in different angles.” His work is based on the concept of suspending color in space, resulting in objects that bear a closer relationship to painting than sculpture.

The artist was born in Yugoslavia in 1933. Prompted by a love of Abstract Expressionism, which he encountered on a visit to Paris, he decided to relocate to the United States in 1960. He eventually settled in Los Angeles, which has been his home ever since. Inspired by the pure abstraction of California Hard-Edge painters like John McLaughlin, his work from this time grew increasingly pared-back. He spent several years developing his oeuvre in isolation while working as a house painter, before he was invited to present a solo exhibition at the renowned Feigen-Palmer Gallery in L.A. in 1966. Vasa gained increasing attention when his work was included in the seminal exhibition “American Sculpture of the Sixties” at LACMA in 1967, a survey of contemporary art organized by influential curator Maurice Tuchman. He was offered tenure at UCLA where he has worked as a senior professor of Design for many years. Vasa also made an appearance in the famous 1972 documentary, “Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles,” made by the eponymous British architectural historian.

Vasa’s work has been acquired by several important public collections, including Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Art Moderne, Brussels; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California,UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, California and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California.

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