For over 60 years Mr. Cafesjian was an avid art collector and amassed an extensive and prestigious body of work. Upon first traveling to Armenia, Mr. Cafesjian became very interested in the artistic legacy of his parents’ home country. In addition to his many other Armenian development initiatives, Mr. Cafesjian sponsored the creation of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Yerevan, in 2009.
Artist Spotlight: Maurice Utrillo
Maurice Utrillo made a splash in the Parisian art world at the tender age of 22. With the support of his mother, who was herself a painter and a frequent model for Renoir and Lautrec, Utrillo’s artistic identity sprung from the bohemian fodder of the Montmartre art scene at the turn of the twentieth century. Read more about Utrillo in today’s Artist Spotlight.
Artist Spotlight: Chuck Close
Chuck Close is perhaps Photorealism’s best known representative, though it be should noted that Close maintains an aversion to the label. While his style has developed over the years, Close is renowned for his massive portraits that feature painstakingly intricate detail. Read more about Chuck Close in today’s Artist Spotlight.
Artist Spotlight: Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall is one of the few artists to have been consistently lauded by his peers. Even Picasso, Chagall’s rival, routinely praised his marvelous treatment of light and dubbed the painter a master colorist. While Chagall was quick to “absorb” the various trends of modernism throughout the twentieth century, he never yielded to pressures to conform. Read more about Chagall in today’s Artist Spotlight.
Artist Spotlight of the Day: Milton Avery
Milton Avery began his study of abstract form at a time when such a style was certainly not popular in the United States. Deemed the “American Matisse,” Avery was highly influenced by the expressiveness of French Fauvism, whose members used color to express emotion rather than accurately represent their subject, though Avery’s color palette tended more towards the subtle pastels favored by the Impressionists than the bold colors of the Fauvists. Read more about Avery in today’s Artist Spotlight.
Artist Spotlight of the Day: George Grosz in America
While Grosz’s legacy in the United States has been largely overlooked, his influence has recently been linked to prominent social realists as well as early episodes of Abstract Expressionism. Read more about George Grosz in today’s Artist Spotlight.
Perhaps best known for her monumental work “Rhapsody” (1975-1976), Jennifer Bartlett has explored the foundations of the painting medium for over forty years. As a young artist, Bartlett was impressed by Sol LeWitt’s 1967 essay “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art,” and became fascinated with artistic applications of Chaos Theory. Despite being one of the most commercially successful female artists of the 1970s, Bartlett has long been overlooked. LAMA is pleased to be offering to the public for auction this important work by Bartlett in the November 18, 2018 Auction from the Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian.
Artist Spotlight of the Day: Camille Bombois
As a foremost member of the “Naïve” painting movement, Camille Bombois is celebrated for his spontaneous, joyful style. Read more about Bombois in today’s Artist Spotlight.