May 11, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens
Missouri-born ceramic and glass artist, Glen Lukens (1887–1967), is celebrated as one of “the great artist-teachers” of the twentieth century. Through his workshops, writing, and experiments, he sparked a sweeping interest in traditional pottery methods that had been discounted with the advent of new technologies and trends. At the time, America’s formal ceramic tradition was rooted on the East Coast where many of European artisans had settled. As a result, Lukens’ independent approach to the discipline emerged liberally and untethered. The artist developed a practice characterized by a rough, organic aesthetic that proposed a visual counter-argument to the precise and decorative styles of his predecessors.
Read more about Glen Lukens in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
May 10, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Joe Goode
Over the course of his long career, Joe Goode (b. 1937) has explored the nature of perception and the fluid relationship between representation and abstraction. Featured in the Pasadena Art Museum’s 1962 exhibition, “New Painting of Common Objects,” Joe Goode’s breakout “Milk Bottle” series earned him national recognition and a prominent place within the Pop Art canon. Goode characterized his subject matter as “the stuff that [he was] confronted with everyday.” Despite similar historical context, Goode’s commentary diverged from that of contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha.
Read more about Joe Goode in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
May 9, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Keith Haring
Keith Haring’s hieroglyphic expressions have become synonymous with the social electricity of New York City in the 1980s. Unlike the Pop artists who preceded him, Haring’s employment of the simplest symbolic relationships elevated everyday meaning-making and celebrated the universality of visual culture in its most reduced form. As one of the few artists of his generation to successfully cross-pollinate public and institutional art, Haring radically redefined practices of art consumption.
Read more about Keith Haring in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
May 8, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Wendell Castle
Cited as the father of the American Studio Furniture Movement, Wendell Castle (1932–2018) produced a prolific body of work over the course of his six decade-long career. Castle was one of the first, and most successful, artists to seamlessly blend the aesthetic sensibilities of sculpture with the accessibility of furniture. Through his signature organic forms, the artist “invented his own visual language,” that challenged the predominant modernist insistence that form follow function.
Read more about Wendell Castle in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
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.