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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce the auction of a painting by one of the leading figures of post-war American art, Sam Francis (1923–1994). This work will be available in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is delighted to announce the upcoming sale of an iconic bench by Jenny Holzer, whose text-based work is among the most recognizable in contemporary art today. Dubbed a member of the Pictures Generation, along with peers like Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman, Holzer appropriates the language of mass media as a means of questioning the implicit assumptions which circulate in contemporary society. This striking piece will be available in our Winter 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is delighted to present two innovative prints by a leading figure of Pop Art and one of the most recognizable artists of the 20th century, Roy Lichtenstein. These works will be available in our Winter 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. These vibrant lithographs, ‘Blonde’ and ‘Roads Collar’, come from the Brushstroke Figures Series. They were made as part of Lichtenstein’s first project with Graphicstudio, a workshop at The University of South Florida, Tampa which was renowned for its collaborations with artists like Robert Rauschenberg.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce a sculptural work by the esteemed Los Angeles artist, Tony Berlant (b.1941), which will be available in our Winter 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Berlant’s experiments with the “house” form date back to 1963, when he was inspired by the assemblages of artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Bruce Conner and Joseph Cornell. ‘Domestic Still Life (Blue)’, made in 1984, critiques the pervasive nature of commodity culture, which penetrates everyday life via mass media.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is delighted to present to the market a number of monotypes by legendary Italian-American artist and designer Harry Bertoia (1915 – 1978). These unique works will be up for auction in our Winter 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. The monotype enabled Bertoia to pursue chance in his work, which he produced by laying printer’s ink on a table, covering this with paper and drawing on the other side, often with his eyes closed. This auction presents an excellent opportunity to acquire a series of unique works by this highly-renowned figure of 20th century art and design.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted to present a print by one of California’s most celebrated painters, Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993). This work will be available in our Winter 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Featuring a strong sweep of blue and delicate detailing, ‘Blue with Red’ combines Diebenkorn’s signature lyrical abstraction with a bold, graphic sensibility. The print was commissioned by the Crown Point Press, a printing house based in San Francisco, renowned internationally for its high quality work with important artists.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Sometimes an exceptional piece slips through the cracks at auction. Usually this is because the auction is of such quality that even very special pieces can end up getting overlooked. I have picked out six examples from Sunday’s Modern Art & Design Auction, on October 9, which deserve closer consideration. These exceptional pieces could have sold at any other LAMA auction and if they show up once more, they will likely get more attention. These pieces are now available at a set price from LAMA and can be purchased outright, no bidding required. Here are my top fine art and design post-auction picks which are still available for sale:

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted by the success of the October 9 Modern Art & Design Auction. The auction was defined by a number of outstanding moments. With an estimate of $150,000 – 200,000, Lot 137 Ed Ruscha’s “Canyon Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon” far exceeded expectations, selling for $468,750. Most significantly, perhaps, LAMA set a new world auction record for a work by Bay area artist Jay DeFeo. Lot 227 Apex, an oil painting made in 1987, was estimated at $80,000-120,000 and went on to realize a phenomenal $281,250 on the day. Total auction sales for the Modern Art & Design Auction totaled $3.9 million, selling 94% of the 431 lots by value.

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