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.
February 10, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Timo Sarpaneva
As a skilled artist in a variety of materials, Sarpaneva gravitated to glass because of its inherent transmission of light, a pinnacle of beauty in the harsh Nordic landscape. After much trial and error, Sarpaneva transformed the traditional ‘wet-stick’ glassmaking method. Read more about Timo Sarpaneva in today’s Artist Spotlight in advance of the February 17, 2019 Modern Art and Design auction.
February 6, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Joseph Marioni
American artist Joseph Marioni is considered one of the most important figures to come out of the New York Radical Painting group. During the late-1970s the members of this small movement began testing the definition of the painting medium in response to the Minimalist and Conceptualist theoretical assertions of the preceding decade, which had attempted to divorce the fundamental nature of painting from the images it delivered. Read more about this artist in today’s Artist Spotlight.
February 5, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Helena Maria Vieira da Silva
Born the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat and the granddaughter of the founder of the O Século daily newspaper, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was exposed to a wide array of avant-garde art forms early on in life. Read more about the artist in today’s Artist Spotlight.
January 30, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Mary Corse
Having been exposed to the works of Josef Albers and Hans Hoffman at a young age, Mary Corse became fascinated with their ability to coax out the viewer’s recognition of their own perception. She recalls tracing their fundamental shapes over and over, marveling at the ways in which her visual interaction with the forms could animate and transform them. Read more about Mary Corse and the three artworks in the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.