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Today I want to draw attention to a group of works currently being offered in the March 5, 2017 auction that embody the notion of pure color. This includes paintings by artists like Alma Thomas, Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Karl Benjamin, and Sam Francis, all of which employ eye-catching, vibrant hues to create a range of completely different compositions.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions adopts a curated approach to every sale and there are a number of interesting themes in our March auction. One such group are works that employ text, by artists like Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Tracey Emin, Mary Kelly, and Raymond Pettibon. Whether it’s to communicate a message to the viewer, or to explore the aesthetic properties of language, these six works reveal the myriad ways in which the written word can be employed in visual art.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Henry Moore was one of the most significant sculptors to emerge from Britain in the 20th century. This fascination is evident in Three-Quarter Figure (1961), a bronze sculpture produced in an edition of 9. The rounded forms of this piece traverse the boundary between abstraction and representation, indicating somewhat ambiguously the head and torso of a female body.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The designs of George Nakashima (1905-1990) are among the most elegant and enduring in post–war American furniture. Nakashima is renowned for his sensitive approach toward natural materials. He conceived of furniture as a second incarnation of the wood and aimed to preserve its integrity, beauty, and utility by emphasizing the textures of their rich grains in his designs.

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Leading mid–century ceramicist Georges Jouve was born in Fontenay–sous–Bois, France. He studied art history and sculpture at the renowned École Boulle in Paris. Jouve’s first decorative works made from clay were modeled after the religious figures common in the region. This early influence accounts for the elegant, curving forms which are predominant throughout his pieces. These forms are dense with opaque color, which Jouve achieved through the use of matte enamel glazes.

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The exuberant work of artist Keith Haring (1958–1990) crosses the boundaries between street and fine art. Haring first began his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980s, making his signature drawings in white chalk throughout the streets and subways of New York City. Employing a cartoonish vocabulary of hearts, flying saucers, babies, and Mickey Mouse heads, Haring’s themes included drug addiction, the fear of nuclear annihilation, and social justice. With its dynamic, bold forms and energetic execution, this body of work soon brought him to the attention of the art world, alongside peers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The vibrant paintings of Dan Christensen (1942-2007) have drawn comparison to artists like Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland and his work is most often categorized as Color Field painting. Christensen was born in Cozad, Nebraska, and was inspired to become an artist after encountering the work of Jackson Pollock during a trip to Denver. He went on to graduate with a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1964 and promptly moved to New York City to embark on his career. His first solo exhibition was held at Noah Goldowsky Gallery, New York in 1967.

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Sam Maloof’s enduring creations stand out as some of the most elegant furniture designs of the 20th century. As his studio gained more commissions, Maloof had the opportunity to work with more expensive woods, resulting in increasingly luxurious designs. These versatile rosewood pieces were created especially for the of ce of Frank Wyle, founder and president of Wyle Labs, and were in use until Mr. Wyle’s passing.

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