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Keith Haring: Bold Forms

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The exuberant work of artist Keith Haring (1958–1990) crosses the boundaries between street and fine art. Haring first began his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980s, making his signature drawings in white chalk throughout the streets and subways of New York City. Employing a cartoonish vocabulary of hearts, flying saucers, babies, and Mickey Mouse heads, Haring’s themes included drug addiction, the fear of nuclear annihilation, and social justice. With its dynamic, bold forms and energetic execution, this body of work soon brought him to the attention of the art world, alongside peers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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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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Sam Maloof: Master Woodworker

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Sam Maloof’s enduring creations stand out as some of the most elegant furniture designs of the 20th century. As his studio gained more commissions, Maloof had the opportunity to work with more expensive woods, resulting in increasingly luxurious designs. These versatile rosewood pieces were created especially for the of ce of Frank Wyle, founder and president of Wyle Labs, and were in use until Mr. Wyle’s passing.

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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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