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Getting Ready for the September 30th Auction!

September 29, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Read this short blog post for quick tips for participating in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction!

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Utility, Simplicity, and Integrity

September 27, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Peter Loughrey celebrates George Nakashima in today’s his daily Auction Pick. “While many of his contemporaries celebrated the new possibilities of Modernist home design, George Nakashima rejected the style for what saw as an ‘imposed egotism.’ He became a leading voice in the midcentury craft movement, championing the holistic practices of older, richer furniture traditions.”

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: GRAV and Its Influences

September 26, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Peter Loughrey discusses the Paris based Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV), founded in 1960 by François Morellet and Julio Le Parc, their history and influences in today’s “Peter’s Picks” blog post for the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: New York Pop Art

September 25, 2018

Read about the New York Pop art items slated for the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction as written by director, Peter Loughrey. “I am very proud to be able to present such an unusually robust collection of New York Pop art. Pieces from Lichtenstein to Basquiat are part of my selection, offering a broad survey from nearly fifty years of the movement.”

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Hard-Edge Art

September 24, 2018

Peter Loughrey takes over the blog to discuss his favorite items in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction. Read about the California Hard-Edge artists in today’s post.

Artist Spotlight: John Ferren

September 20, 2018

John Ferren quickly established himself as leading voice amongst New York Abstract Expressionists. In 1955 he served as president of The Club, an organization comprised of some of the leading Abstract Expressionist artists of the day. Disregarding the restraints of post-war painting’s common stylistic adherence, Ferren’s works remained “eclectic and wide ranging.” LAMA will be offering six works by Ferren in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art and Design Auction including “Source Fiesta” (1949), “Untitled” (1960), and his collection of four drawings which all provide a small sample of the vast diversity in Ferren’s repertoire.

Artist Spotlight: Enzo Plazzotta

September 18, 2018

Italian sculptor Enzo Plazzotta attended the Accademia di Brera in Milan in the late 1930s. With the guidance of Francesco Messina and Giacomo Manzù, Plazzotta began investigating the power of movement and the human body through traditional bronze casting techniques. Throughout his career, Plazzotta remained committed to classical form and emulated Beaux-Arts figuration. LAMA is pleased to offer “Jilly Relaxing” in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction.

Artist Spotlight: Karl Wirsum

September 17, 2018

In 1964, Wirsum joined the group of representational artists who would come to be known as the Hairy Who. Along with the other factions within the Chicago Imagist movement, the Hairy Who rejected “the detached cool of New York” and championed personal representations of eclectic popular culture. Wirsum’s disciplined study of his craft has produced an artistic vocabulary that is truly powerful.  As Wirsum describes it, he provides all the necessary “cues for potential narratives that could be extended by the viewers themselves.” “Tonto Disguised as the Lone Ranger,” included in LAMA’s September 30,  2018 auction, hints at a postmodern sensibility without making any overt political statement.

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