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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce the auction of three iconic prints by celebrated painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) on October 9, 2016. His influential depictions of landscape became associated with the Bay Area Figurative School. Three aquatint etchings from the Clubs and Spades series are on offer; drawing on the spade as a recurrent motif, these works derive from the artist’s childhood fascination with heraldic symbols. This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a series of works by this iconic West Coast artist.

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Working across furniture, lighting, and interior decor, French designer Jean Royère is known for his pioneering work with organic shapes and rare materials. Throughout his career, Royère focused primarily on creating unique and limited edition pieces, instead of venturing into the mass production techniques of his modernist peers. Therefore, surviving examples of his work are particularly prized. His Tour Eiffel series encompasses lamps, chairs, standing screens, and tables. The October 9th auction includes Royère’s Tour Eiffel chandelier, marking a rare opportunity to acquire a luxurious interpretation of the iconic Parisian landmark.

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Four works by renowned American artist Sol LeWitt (1928 – 2007) will go to auction at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) on October 9, 2016. One of the leading artists of the 20th century, LeWitt dominated the New York art scene in the 1960s, along with contemporaries such as Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Robert Ryman. His drawings, prints and paintings employed systematic logic and simple forms to bridge the gap between Minimalism and Conceptual art, sealing his reputation as one of the most important artists of the era. The upcoming sale of these prints represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a suite of late works by a modern master.

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Throughout his forty-year career, legendary Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi (b. 1946) has been synonymous with the artistic scene of Venice Beach. Arnoldi’s distinctive work blurs the boundaries between sculpture and painting, containing echoes both of architecture and the natural world. LAMA is pleased to announce a a meticulously crafted 1985 painting by Arnoldi that goes to auction on October 9th. Imposing geometric order on irregular material, Billion 1 achieves a harmonious and symmetrical balance. The artist recently spoke with Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art to discuss his work.

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From his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in 1950s New York, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) went on to become one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. A master of graphic imagery and vivid color, he employed commercial techniques to create striking paintings, prints, and drawings. Rebel Without A Cause (James Dean) (from Ads) (1985) is dominated by the iconic figure of actor James Dean. A tragic figure who died prematurely, Dean represents both the promise and disappointment of Hollywood. This screenprint is from Warhol’s Ads portfolio, a series of ten screenprints that draw from movie imagery. Fascinated by celebrity, Warhol reveals the mythologizing at work in contemporary culture.

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Vik Muniz

Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz (b. 1961) is celebrated for his tongue-in-cheek appropriation of canonical paintings. Muniz employs new technologies to reproduce a priceless Francisco de Zurbarán painting as a contemporary chromogenic print. His adaptation of Ed Ruscha’s 1963 Standard Station, Amarillo Texas differentiates itself from the original through slight variations of color and detail on the roof line. Muniz employs cut automotive parts in this series, evoking the car-centric culture of Los Angeles, a touchstone in Ruscha’s work. For Muniz, the act of appropriation simultaneously confirms and undermines our expectations.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce an important collection of five works by leading abstract painter Sam Francis, which will go to auction on October 9, 2016. These remarkable works on paper belonged to one of the artist’s closest confidants. With an outstanding provenance and exhibition history, this is an extraordinary opportunity to collect some of Francis’s best pieces.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted to announce the auction of two iconic tables by leading designer Milo Baughman on October 9, 2016. The elegant and functional coffee table (1952) is the epitome of the ‘California Modern’ style and is characteristic of Baughman’s early period of production. A simple, stylish desk, designed by Baughman in 1954 for Murray Furniture of Winchendon Massachusetts, is also on sale and is considered to be in unusually good condition. Celebrated by The New York Times for his innovative designs, which they described as “strong and greatly sophisticated,” Baughman’s timeless pieces have since become design classics, which remain popular to this day.

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