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227, Norman Bluhm, Byzantine Windows (1992)

LAMA Director of Modern Design and Fine Art Peter Loughrey sums up the best of the May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction underdogs – “For one reason or another, there are sometimes pieces offered in our sales that, as they say in the movie business, don’t find their audience. Here are several that I believe deserve a second look.” Peter’s Post-Auction Picks include works by Norman Bluhm, Hans Wegner, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Richard Neutra, and Robert Sonneman.

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Peter and Shannon Loughrey, LAMA, May 22, 2016 Auction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions achieved top prices for works by local, national, and international artists and designers at auction on May 22, 2016. LAMA set world record prices for Sheila Hicks, a work on paper by Ken Price, and a painting by Jules Olitski from his late period, proving that geography is not a limitation for this boutique auction house.

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The May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction will begin tomorrow at 12 pm (Pacific Time). Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for Sunday’s big event.

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Lot 166, Philip Evergood, M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget, 1928

Sometimes a work of art has so much going on that it demands to be talked about. That’s certainly the case with Philip Evergood’s 1928 oil painting M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget, Lot 166 in LAMA’s May 22, 2016 auction of Modern Art & Design. The painting is fascinating and perplexing, just like the artist himself. Despite his orthodox training, Evergood painted fantastical imagery in a deliberately naïve style. M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget was the first Evergood painting to manifest those keynotes, and when the Whitney Museum of American Art mounted a survey of his work in 1960, it was the first picture in the exhibition catalogue.

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Lot 200, Sheila Hicks, Untitled, 1975“Getting to spend time with Sheila Hicks’s 1975 fiber construction has been a continual source of enjoyment since it was mounted on the wall of our showroom,” states LAMA’s Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, Peter Loughrey. “Few pieces in my experience have had such a captivating presence.” Peter fleshes out this work’s magnetism, from its unique context to its scale and honesty.

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Lot 184, Isamu Noguchi, Chess Table, 1944-1947

LAMA is immensely pleased to offer Isamu Noguchi’s exceptional and rare Chess Table—first designed for “The Imagery of Chess,” a 1944 exhibit at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York organized by Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst. Peter Loughrey discusses this seminal exhibit and Noguchi’s contribution to it: “The table is not only a seminal work in the development of organic modernism…it also embodies a perfect union of art and design, being, as it is, sculptural and functional at once.”

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Lot 88, Ed Moses, 1963

Not content to rest on his laurels as one of the greats of the Los Angeles art world, Ed Moses still makes art daily, outdoors at his Venice Beach studio. What’s more, Moses continues to attract attention. The survey of his work currently on view at the William Turner gallery in Santa Monica includes more than fifty new paintings, and last year LACMA drew large crowds of visitors with its show of his works on paper, Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 70s. Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design and Fine Art, joins us on the blog to talk about what makes Moses so extraordinary.

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Ken Price L.A. Riot 1994

“The two most powerful sizes,” Ken Price once wrote, “are very small and very large.” LAMA’s own Peter Loughrey discusses three remarkable examples by Price, all of which engage the spectator in musings on scale, heritage, and participation. These works, available in LAMA’s May 22, 2016 Auction of Modern Art & Design, demonstrate the artist’s extraordinary technical versatility, as well as his virtuosic creative range.

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