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Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) was one of the foremost American abstract painters of the postwar era. ‘Phenomena Wind at the Foot of the Anvil’ (1975) was painted during a high point in the artist’s career when retrospectives of his work were presented at prominent international institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Art (both 1971); and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi (1974). He had many famous patrons including the former First Lady of France, Danielle Mitterrand and fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who commissioned his work for one of his boutiques.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Appropriation artist Mike Bidlo is best known for his “Masterpieces Series,” for which he produced precise replicas of canonical works by modernist masters. Bidlo’s homages deliberately emulate the works of those mythologized as artistic geniuses, such as Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, and Pablo Picasso. ‘Not Brancusi’ (1985) mimics Constantin Brancusi’s famed marble sculpture Mademoiselle Pogany, in this case carved from wood, not stone.

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Celebrated American artist Wayne Thiebaud is best known for his pastel-hued paintings of confections and popular novelties, from cakes and ice cream sundaes to lipsticks and shoes. ‘Seclusion (1959) is a rare and distinguished color screenprint that contains the visual seed for Thiebaud’s future work. The artist continued to produce landscapes of places familiar to him throughout his career, from San Francisco cityscapes to views of Sacramento.

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The Turkish abstract painter Nejad Melih Devrim was an important member of the postwar Parisian avant-garde, whose work continues to be highly sought after today. Hailing from a family of renowned intellectuals, authors and poets, he was the son of writer Izzet Melih Devrim and painter Fahrelnissa Zeid. These influences are evident in ‘Untitled’ (1957), a luminous painting produced during Devrim’s time in Paris.

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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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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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