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Alfonso Ossorio: Textured Abstraction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The Filipino American artist Alfonso Ossorio played a crucial role in fostering the development of postwar painting in America. Ossorio was a collector and early supporter of Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionists like Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, and Clyfford Still. He and Pollock were close with the renowned French ‘Art Brut’ artist Jean Dubuffet, a friendship which proved to be influential on the work of all three men.

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Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: French Design

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The popularity of mid-century French design shows no sign of abating. During the 1950s, architects and designers began incorporating postwar innovations in technology and developments in everyday materials into their avant-garde designs. This aesthetic has become increasingly popular among collectors in recent years and so we are delighted to present a number of outstanding examples in the March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Art with Text

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions adopts a curated approach to every sale and there are a number of interesting themes in our March auction. One such group are works that employ text, by artists like Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Tracey Emin, Mary Kelly, and Raymond Pettibon. Whether it’s to communicate a message to the viewer, or to explore the aesthetic properties of language, these six works reveal the myriad ways in which the written word can be employed in visual art.

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Georges Jouve: Sensuous form

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Leading mid–century ceramicist Georges Jouve was born in Fontenay–sous–Bois, France. He studied art history and sculpture at the renowned École Boulle in Paris. Jouve’s first decorative works made from clay were modeled after the religious figures common in the region. This early influence accounts for the elegant, curving forms which are predominant throughout his pieces. These forms are dense with opaque color, which Jouve achieved through the use of matte enamel glazes.

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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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