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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Assemblage Art

February 22, 2018

Assemblage art hasn’t lost any steam over the years and Los Angeles Modern Auctions is thrilled to include a group of pieces by four important American artists who produced work in the assemblage idiom: Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Chris Ferebee, and Louise Nevelson in the February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: New York Pop

February 21, 2018

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Each auction at Los Angeles Modern Auctions has its knockout pieces, but Pop artworks in particular have a tendency to regularly stand out with their electrifying color palettes and playful imagery sourced from popular culture. Pop art has a way of remaining fresh and of-the-moment regardless of the era that inspired it — a fact that is continually demonstrated in the wake of each auction we host at LAMA.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Kinetic Art

February 20, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), February 25, 2018

A movement of movement, kinetic art has been in a state of evolution from its nascence. The wide range of works featured in our February 25, 2018 Modern Art and Design Auction that feature kinetic elements is a testament to this ongoing evolution.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Wendell Castle Chair

February 19, 2018

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Midway through putting together our February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction, we were saddened to learn of the passing of pioneering American furniture artist Wendell Castle (1932 – 2018). No sooner had we celebrated the news that a stunning, recent piece by Castle would appear in our upcoming auction, we found ourselves mourning the loss of this envelope-pushing designer and craftsman, who was often dubbed the founding father of the Art Furniture Movement.

Artist Spotlight: Cy Twombly

February 14, 2018

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When Cy Twombly’s work first emerged in the early 1950s many critics scoffed at the deeply expressive gestures, scribbles, drips, and scratches that have come to firmly secure his place as one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. “My line is childlike but not childish,” the artist once offered in response to criticism pegging his work as simplistic and lacking in clear technique. “It is very difficult to fake … to get that quality you need to project yourself into the child’s line. It has to be felt.”  The emotional caliber of Twombly’s elegantly orchestrated compositions is palpable. Chock-full of fluid starts and stops, erasures, and replacements, which all lend a manuscript-like quality to his canvases. And while the same highly animated, lyrical scribbles and gestural scratches might be evocative of graffiti, Twombly himself shied away from such identification. “Graffiti is linear and it’s done with a pencil, and it’s like writing on walls. But in my paintings it’s more lyrical,”  he explained.

Designer Spotlight: Frank O. Gehry

February 13, 2018

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Frank O. Gehry and Sophie Calle, friends of nearly 25 years, collaborated in 2006 to design Le Téléphone, a large sculpture which was installed as a work of public art in Paris until 2012. The flower-shaped structure was a functioning telephone booth, created with the sole intention of receiving calls from Sophie Calle. From her home just outside of Paris, Calle would call Le Téléphone at random times to converse with whomever happened to be walking by. The calls ranged from 8 seconds to 4 hours.

Artist Spotlight: Tony Rosenthal

February 11, 2018

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Remarking on a new body of smaller-scaled sculptures by Tony Rosenthal, including Mother and Child (1953), in the November 1953 edition of Arts & Architecture then-Chairman of the Department of Art at UCLA, Gibson Danes, described the artist’s recent bronze works as being “lyrical with the gaiety and gravity of a superbly wrought ballet.”  “Although autonomous and independent creations,” he continued, “these new works imply an architectural setting. They envelop and electrify the expansive dimension of their ordered world.”  Rosenthal’s abstract, geometric sculptures continually embraced a play with seemingly irreconcilable binaries.

Artist Spotlight: Vasa

February 10, 2018

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Born in the former Yugoslavia, long-time Los Angeles-based artist Vasa arrived in the United States just in time to help significantly shape what would become known as the Light and Space movement, which found its nascence in 1960s California. “I came to the United States because of Abstract Expressionism,” he notes in a recent monograph. “Instead, I found Minimalism, and more.”  That “more” would lead to a long career focused on an elaborate investigation into the phenomenology of light, optics, color, volume, scale, and, ultimately, perception.

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