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The graphic artist, typographer, and furniture designer Alvin Lustig (1915–1955) made a lasting contribution to the history of 20th century American design. Born in Denver, Lustig studied at Los Angeles City College, Art Center, and later with renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz passed away on April 20, 2017 at the age of 86. Her work transcended medium by deftly transforming fiber and textiles into haunting figures that depict the various states of the human condition.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The Filipino American artist Alfonso Ossorio (1916–1990) played a crucial role in fostering the development of postwar painting in America. ‘Acrobatic Babies’ (1950) is a compact and frenetic work on paper that embodies the strange and beguiling power of his extensive paintings. At first glance this tangle of white lines amid a wash of red and black looks to be an abstract image. However, on closer inspection, a pair of loosely-rendered cherubic figures can be seen.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

LAMA is delighted to present a painting by the celebrated artist Mary Corse, which will be available in our May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. With its simple geometric composition, featuring five thick vertical stripes, there are hints of Corse’s minimalist Californian precursors, such as John McLaughlin. Corse is more often associated with artists from the 1960s Light and Space movement, due to her use of industrial materials and her investigation of the perceptual properties of light.

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One of the most recognizable artists of the Pop Art movement, James Rosenquist passed away on March 31, 2017, at the age of 83. Rosenquist resisted being categorized as a “Pop Artist” and wrote in his 2009 autobiography Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art: “Pop Art. I’ve never cared for the term, but after half a century of being described as a pop artist I’m resigned to it. Still, I don’t know what pop art means, to tell you the truth.”

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

LAMA is pleased to announce that a sculpture by Louise Nevelson will go to auction on May 21, 2017 in the Modern Art & Design Auction. The strong and powerful form of ‘Untitled’ (c. 1945) is typical of Nevelson’s work from the early 1940s. These works have been interpreted as a Cubist re-imagining of the human body and, viewed in profile, ‘Untitled’ bears more than a passing resemblance to an abstracted figure, crouched in wait.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

LAMA is delighted to present a monumental kinetic sculpture by celebrated American artist George Rickey, which will be available in our May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Two Open Rectangles Diagonal Jointed Gyratory (1997) is an outstanding example of the artist’s late work. Comprising two narrow rectangles atop a tall steel rod to form a cruciform shape, the ‘open rectangles’ revolve to produce a precisely-calibrated motion when the sculpture comes into contact with air currents.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present two works by acclaimed artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, which will be offered in our May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Celaya’s haunting, deeply resonant work is celebrated for its rigorous intellectual inquiry into universal themes like suffering, belonging, and authenticity. Featuring recurring natural and domestic iconography, such as landscapes, animals, furniture and architectural space, the artist creates evocative, semi-autobiographical scenes.

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