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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that an impressive Alexander Calder standing mobile from 1976, Quatre Blancs, will be on offer at the May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. Among Calder’s very last works, this piece was made for his Galerie Maeght show in December 1976, which opened shortly after his death. The prestigious Parisian gallery, a beloved mecca for the postwar avant-garde and art cognoscenti, nurtured the careers of other 20th-century masters as well, including Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, and Joan Miró. This outstanding work, Lot 167, will be on the market for the first time since the original owner purchased it in 1978 through Galerie Maeght, Paris, and will be sold with a copy of the original purchase receipt.

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Lot 148, Emile Grau-Sala, Le Paddock,

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to present two lush oil on canvas paintings by Emile Grau-Sala. Much of the artist’s significant professional period was spent in Paris: he was involved with the Paris Salons, and was associated with the School of Paris “Young Painting” artists. Grau-Sala was influenced by both his contemporaries in France, and painters of older generations, such as Raoul Dufy, and great impressionists, particularly Manet and Renoir. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York holds two Grau-Sala paintings in its collection; one from the 1960s is similarly-themed to Lot 148, Le Paddock (1969), on offer in the May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Lot 150, Pablo Picasso, Fish Service, 1947

Picasso’s ceramics are colorful, vibrant, and a delight for the eye to behold. Postwar, the artist found pleasure in painting and molding pottery in the South of France at the Madoura Pottery workshop. Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to present Lot 150, a full Fish Service (26 pieces) produced in 1947, the year the artist began to devote much of his time to ceramics.

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Lot 132, Jean Prouvé, School desk, designed c. 1930s–1940s

French designer and engineer Jean Prouvé is regarded as one of the great innovators of 20th-century design. From the start of his career, Prouvé helped guide French modernism toward a principled democratic approach to architecture and design. Most of Prouvé’s work focused on projects for public institutions such as hospitals and universities. He was also a humane designer. His c. 1930s desk and double chair set, or “school desk,” encourages children to work together compatibly. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a Prouvé Atelier-designed (c. 1930s–1940s) school desk at the May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, 1975

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to present a work by Nicholas Nixon, a 1975 photograph from The Brown Sisters series. His best-known work, The Brown Sisters is comprised of black-and-white portraits of his wife Bebe and her three sisters. Nixon has taken a photo of them every year since 1975. The ongoing series is a poignant documentation of family, time, aging, and love. Nixon says, “Being an only child, it was really gratifying and lovely to be embraced by this family . . . I can feel myself getting old with them. And I’m part of them; they’re part of my love.” This lot, a gelatin silver print, has been in the family since acquiring it directly from the artist.

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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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