September 17, 2018
In 1964, Wirsum joined the group of representational artists who would come to be known as the Hairy Who. Along with the other factions within the Chicago Imagist movement, the Hairy Who rejected “the detached cool of New York” and championed personal representations of eclectic popular culture. Wirsum’s disciplined study of his craft has produced an artistic vocabulary that is truly powerful. As Wirsum describes it, he provides all the necessary “cues for potential narratives that could be extended by the viewers themselves.” “Tonto Disguised as the Lone Ranger,” included in LAMA’s September 30, 2018 auction, hints at a postmodern sensibility without making any overt political statement.
September 12, 2018
While creating a traditional mold of his hand, Camargo was taken by the range of possibilities that lay on the outside of the plaster cast where his fingers protruded. Though typically discarded, it was the external plaster that offered the “rhythm of contraction and expansion” that he had been searching for. While in Paris in 1961, Camargo began to associate with major figures from the Op art and kinetic art movements. During this period, in 1969, Camargo first discovered the method for his iconic monochromatic relief sculptures, such as Untitled (Relief No. 261) (1969).
September 10, 2018
From the time she was young girl, Lisa Yuskavage understood paintings as portals. “The work carries markers of the artist’s inner life,” she says, “art is a seance.” Yuskavage maintains a highly sophisticated notion of the art experience and imbues her practice with great philosophical depth, something Jarret Earnest refers to as her sincere “belief in art.”
June 9, 2018
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June 7, 2018
One of the key Los Angeles artists to emerge in the 1990s, Dave Muller established his reputation by independently and anonymously posting hand-painted watercolors publicizing local gallery exhibitions of artists he admired. The designs for these commemorative works were both tributes and sly commentaries, often adding art historical contexts and elaborations to the art being espoused.
June 6, 2018
Subtle and ethereal, several works in the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction appear almost minimalist in nature. However, the works by Mary Corse, Larry Bell, and Helen Pashgian each have an underlying complexity that has taken decades to perfect.
June 5, 2018
A native Californian, pioneering artist Ruth Asawa (1926 – 2013) began creating art while detained in Japanese-American internment camps. Born to Japanese immigrants in Norwalk, California, Asawa was no stranger to hard work and the large body of sculptures, public installations, and drawings that she created over the course of her career are testament to her work ethic. LAMA is pleased to offer an Asawa sculpture in the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction.
June 4, 2018
Abstract Expressionism was the dominant style of art in America from 1950 to 1965. The June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction features a number of strong paintings from some legendary figures in the movement.