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Dan Christensen: A Fresh Approach

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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Just In! Joseph Cornell Collage

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The work of self-taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is among the most distinctive in the history of 20th century American art. A reclusive figure, Cornell was inspired to become an artist on encountering the work of the French Surrealists at an exhibition in New York City. ‘Untitled (Waxed Collage)’ is a work from Cornell’s 1960s period and shows a cartoonish gentleman in formal dress, looking through a hand telescope. Set within a white circle, the figure is collaged against a photograph of a mountainous landscape under a vast, orange-lit sky.

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Just In: George Nakashima Room Divider

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present a triple sliding door room divider by celebrated designer George Nakashima, which will be available in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Renowned for his sensitive approach to materials, he took care to honor the original form of the wood and often chose to highlight the natural quirks of the grain in his designs. Possessing a timeless quality, Nakashima’s versatile designs are both beautiful and practical, and continue to be used and enjoyed today by collectors.

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Just In: Ed Ruscha’s ‘There’s No Job Too Small’

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is delighted to announce the sale of a rare lithograph by leading American artist Ed Ruscha, which will be available in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Ruscha’s word paintings and prints are among his most significant and recognizable bodies of work. In this lithograph from 1975, the words “There’s No Job Too Small” are printed in the artist’s characteristic style, using all caps, perfect alignment and even spacing.

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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Sometimes an exceptional piece slips through the cracks at auction. Usually this is because the auction is of such quality that even very special pieces can end up getting overlooked. I have picked out six examples from Sunday’s Modern Art & Design Auction, on October 9, which deserve closer consideration. These exceptional pieces could have sold at any other LAMA auction and if they show up once more, they will likely get more attention. These pieces are now available at a set price from LAMA and can be purchased outright, no bidding required. Here are my top fine art and design post-auction picks which are still available for sale:

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October 9 Auction Recap: A New World Record!

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted by the success of the October 9 Modern Art & Design Auction. The auction was defined by a number of outstanding moments. With an estimate of $150,000 – 200,000, Lot 137 Ed Ruscha’s “Canyon Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon” far exceeded expectations, selling for $468,750. Most significantly, perhaps, LAMA set a new world auction record for a work by Bay area artist Jay DeFeo. Lot 227 Apex, an oil painting made in 1987, was estimated at $80,000-120,000 and went on to realize a phenomenal $281,250 on the day. Total auction sales for the Modern Art & Design Auction totaled $3.9 million, selling 94% of the 431 lots by value.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Helen Frankenthaler

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Throughout her six-decade career, Helen Frankenthaler created a dramatic body of highly expressive abstract painting, unmatched in intensity and lyricism. Created in 1976, Jade demonstrates Frankenthaler’s facility with acrylics. The work carries Frankenthaler’s signature balance of control and spontaneity. Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, states, “paintings like this don’t come up in this market very often and LAMA doesn’t always get the opportunity to present works of this stature – it’s a great painting at a very attractive estimate.”

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