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Lot 305, Michael Graves, Teapot, Designed 2000

Michael Graves, one of the most prominent American architects of the latter 20th century, and also a prolific designer, passed away on March 12th, at the age of 80. Through his high profile projects such as the Humana Corporation healthcare headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky; the Portland Building in Oregon; and the Denver Central Library; Graves established himself as the nation’s leading exponent of postmodernism. His designs wedded sleek modernist lines to brightly colored materials with classical architectural references, and the the occasional touch of playfulness. A notable feature of his Team Disney Building in Burbank are caryatid-style supports shaped as the Seven Dwarfs.

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Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1977, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, May 2015 Auction

Canadian-born Agnes Martin (1912—2004) was a major figure of 1950s and 1960s abstraction, known for her square-format works with all-over grid patterns, rendered in paint and graphite. Described as an artist who bridged Abstract Expressionism with Minimalism, arguably too, she exhibited an austere North American pragmatism, influenced by Protestantism. In a similar vein, her belief in the tenets of Zen Buddhism aligns with her oeuvre’s classical refrains. Martin’s paintings evoke ancient (Greek, Egyptian, and Chinese) ideals–simplicity and perfection, or a search for solitude. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce that a horizontal watercolor by Martin will be offered in the May 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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What a success–LAMA’s March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction set new world records for several artists, with total auction sales realizing $4.1 million. But you can still get in on the action with these lots, highly collectible pieces, and the time to buy is now. Peter Loughrey, director of Modern Design & Fine art, picked five highlights to love–early, significant works by masterful artists and designers–Mike Kelley, Pablo Picasso, Claire Falkenstein, Edward Wormley, and Jean-Pierre Vasarely.

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At the March 1 Auction, LAMA set new world records for works by De Wain Valentine, Frederick Hammersley, Mary Corse, and Peter Alexander. LAMA remains at the forefront of the Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design auction market as made evident with total auction sales realizing $4.1 million, selling 142% of the 445 lots by value.The crowd was alive and bidding Sunday at Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. The house buzzed as visitors wandered amongst the lots, visited the Artsy computer kiosks, all while placing bids and watching the live action. At a frenzied pace bidders participated on the phone, or bid online, or raised their paddles in person.

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March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction at LAMA
The March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction will begin tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Pacific Time). Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for Sunday’s big event.

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20th Century Modern Art and Design Auction, March 1, 2015

LAMA is pleased to present key lots by two of Los Angeles’s leading contemporary conceptual artists: John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha. Baldessari’s National City Portfolio, the complete suite of eight photographs, and his Two Boats (from Hegel’s Cellar Portfolio) photographs go to auction March 1. Eleven lots by Ed Ruscha, including prints from his ironic Insects Portfolio are also on offer March 1.

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Lot 23, Lloyd Hamrol, <em><em>Green Piece (One Up One Down),</em></em> c. 1969

Sculptor Lloyd Hamrol came of age in the vibrant, freewheeling, and highly charged art world of Los Angeles in the 1960s, as the city established itself a major center of contemporary art. Hamrol made a name for himself as a creator of conceptual installations with his studio-based work. In 1965 he was presented with the New Talent Purchase Award by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and was subsequently featured in the museum’s exhibition Five Younger Los Angeles Artists. Green Piece (One Up One Down) (c. 1969) is on the market for the first time, from a private collector who acquired the work directly from the artist, in March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction!

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 Lot 266, Bruce Conner, Slides from light shows with the North American Ibis Alchemical Company (8), c. 1967

Somewhat elusive, Conner defied categorization. Driven by a questing intelligence, he embraced various art forms ranging from film to assemblage, drawing, collage, and photography. He is known best for his complex and affecting experimental films. Conner’s quick-paced, montage laden cinematic works have won a place in both film and art history; his works are found in the collections of the Whitney Museum
 of American Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; among other institutions. Conner enthusiasts–who reference his early film, Cosmic Ray (1961), featuring the music of Ray Charles, and later collaborations with alt-rock icons, such as David Byrne and the band Devo–argue that he is the father of the music video.

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