May 7, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Roy Lichtenstein
Lichtenstein began working in series and exploring “sustained themes” around 1946. Though Lichtenstein wouldn’t develop his signature iconography for another decade, his interest in “paraphrasing” common images began to flourish. The academically dominant Abstract Expressionists despised objective representation, labelling the grand figurative styles of the nineteenth century cheap and hackneyed. Lichtenstein, however, recognized that despite their lack of individuality, these art forms remained particularly abundant in the ‘lowbrow’ visuality of the everyday. He then sought to tease out the intersections of representation and abstraction that could imbue images with cultural salience.
Read more about Roy Lichtenstein in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
May 6, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Mel Ramos
Figurative painter Mel Ramos (1935–2018) made a name for himself as a leading figure of the first generation of American Pop artists. Alongside Ed Ruscha and Wayne Thiebaud (his former teacher), Ramos first began his practice emulating Abstract Expressionists and quickly took to reimagining the comic book icons of his childhood. Working within this genre, Ramos found himself gravitating towards the voluptuous forms of Wonder Woman and other female superheroes.
Read more about Mel Ramos in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
May 5, 2019
Artist Spotlight: George Rickey
While Rickey applied colors to his early kinetic works, by the 1970s he had largely omitted color as an important element of his sculptural practice. However, during the 1990s Rickey appeared to reconsider his conceptual roots. Soon after he produced his series of model ships, Rickey crafted works that tested Josef Albers’ seminal color theories on the relational exchanges between color and shape to simulate motion on a two-dimensional surface.
Read more about George Rickey in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
May 4, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Francis de Erdely
Through his training in Budapest, Madrid, and Paris, the Hungarian-born painter, Francis de Erdely (1904–1959), developed a modern style with a deep respect for the traditions of Classicism. Following the completion of his formal education, de Erdely travelled throughout Europe teaching and studying the technical methods of the Old Masters. It wasn’t until he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, however, that de Erdely established his mature artistic identity.
Read more about this artist in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
May 4, 2019
Indoor/Outdoor Designs for Living by Van Keppel-Green
Finding that the dominant furniture styles of the 1930s were wholly inappropriate for California’s growing architectural interest in unifying indoor and outdoor spaces, the design partnership Van Keppel-Green (VKG) set to crafting simple, multi-use, all-weather pieces that could be easily moved from place to place throughout the home.
Read more about this design duo in today’s Auction Preview for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art & Design auction.
February 16, 2019
Helpful tips to prepare you for the February 17, 2019 auction
February 14, 2019
Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art
A surge in linguistic philosophy that explored the ways in which languages affect their broader cultural systems led to the proliferation of text-heavy throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Many modern and conceptual artists began performing practical analyses of those effects by representing the intersections of text and visual languages in their works. Continue reading for Peter’s Pick of the Day.
February 13, 2019
Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Three Different Viewpoints From Light and Space Artists
Native to Southern California, the informally associated group of artists who populated the Light and Space movement during the second half on the 20th century, pursued their new art form through several central features. Fred Eversley, Mary Corse, and Larry Bell are three artists Peter Loughrey discusses in today’s Auction Picks for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.