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Lot 038, Hans Burkhardt, My L.A. (1938)

The singular painting style of Swiss-born artist Hans Burkhardt is praised for its striking fusion of representation, abstraction, and surrealism. A longtime influential presence in Los Angeles art circles, Burkhardt has been called “Goya’s spiritual heir” for his compelling artistic indictments of the brutality of war. On February 21, 2016, LAMA will offer an important early work by Burkhardt, as well as two mid-career paintings from the 1960s.

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lot 77, gordon onslow ford,  dancing still

Gordon Onslow Ford was an artistic innovator, developing such techniques as “coulage,” believed to have influenced such artists as Robert Motherwell, Arshile Gorky, and Jackson Pollock. His desire “to bring wonder into the world” is achieved in luminous and frenetic cosmic landscapes as well as black-and-white investigations into pure and direct expression. This month, LAMA is delighted to present seven works by Onslow Ford spanning the 1940s through the 1990s, which will go to auction on February 21, 2016.

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Lot 107, David Hockney, Picture of a still life that has an elaborate silver frame, 1 (1965)

First time to market — a selection of rare works by David Hockney, who has been described as the most popular and versatile British artist of the 20th century, producing works in media as diverse as painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Hockney stuck resolutely to figurative painting and drawing at a time when abstraction dominated the art world. His portraits are considered by many to be his finest work: grandly scaled, yet intimate. LAMA is pleased to offer twenty-one paintings, drawings, and prints by Hockney in its February 21, 2016 auction of Fine Art & Design.

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Don Bachardy, Jack Larson, James Bridges, LAMA Auction

In the course of his career, portrait artist Don Bachardy has sketched and painted the likenesses of hundreds of celebrated and respected actors, artists, writers, poets, musicians, and dancers. His work can be found in numerous public collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institute, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco. A good friend to Jack Larson and James Bridges, Bachardy painted and sketched personal portraits of the couple, which will be sold on February 21 to benefit the Bridges/Larson Foundation.

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Jack Larson and James Bridges

The actor and playwright Jack Larson and film director and writer James Bridges were gentlemen of the old school–talented, creative, cultured, thoughtful, generous, and supportive of each other and of their friends. They found each other and made a life together in a different Hollywood era. Together they supported budding artists in the Los Angeles art scene from the early 1960s through the 1980s. On February 21, 2016, LAMA will offer a selection of fine art and design from their personal collection, in addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Sturges Residence (1939), all of which will be sold to benefit the Bridges/Larson Foundation.

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Ibram Lassaw Jewelry

Ibram Lassaw was a pioneering American abstract sculptor. His expressionistic welded wire-and-alloy pieces presaged the open-form sculptures of later artists. Lassaw would create some 1,000 unique jewelry pieces, mostly pendants, in materials ranging from bronze and copper to gold plate. Lassaw’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

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Kaz Oshiro

By “monumentalizing the mundane,” as one critic put it, Kaz Oshiro has drawn comparisons to Andy Warhol and other Pop artists with his uncannily realistic sculptural representations of everyday objects. Oshiro finishes his pieces with scuffs, scratches, and scrapes—“abstract marks,” he calls them—that suggest the object has lived through years of use. He employs the materials of painting including canvas, acrylics, wooden boards, and framing, to create sculptural objects such as the three archetypal works in this sale: Trash Bin #9 (Pink/White), Bumper #3, and Microwave Oven #4.

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Cleo Baldon

From the 1960s and onwards, Cleo Baldon designed more than 3,000 pools in and around Los Angeles. She has been credited with the invention of the lap pool in the early seventies, a contribution that helped to advance the personal fitness revolution. At the same time, Baldon was a force for SoCal cool and sybaritic relaxation. She designed successful lines of outdoor furniture that married the sleek minimalism of modernist design with materials redolent of the region’s Spanish Colonial heritage. LAMA’s February 21, 2016 auction will include ten lots of furniture and designs by Ms. Baldon from her estate, as well as fine art comprising of two vintage photographs by Baldon’s close friend Julius Shulman and three original works of art by Oskar Fischinger.

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