Auction Highlights

Just In: Raimonds Staprans

March 12, 2020

Though California has birthed an incalculable list of monumental artists, some might argue that it has been the Golden State “transplants” who, in choosing to place their fingers on the pulse of the region’s s character, have most keenly materialized its identity. The Latvian-born painter and playwright Raimonds Staprans (b. 1926) is a sterling example of this phenomenon, and we are pleased to offer two of his works, A Study of the Shiny Paint Can (1994) and Clearwater #2 (1994), in our upcoming Spring 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Just In: A Frank Gehry Chair Comes Full Circle

March 2, 2020

Just in to the LAMA showroom is a very special “Grandpa Beaver” chair designed by the legendary architect Frank Gehry — the very same chair that was among the 132 lots featured in LAMA’s first-ever auction on October 10, 1992.

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Peter’s Picks: Peter Alexander

February 13, 2020

Among the many artists who helped define the Light and Space movement, Peter Alexander interpreted his environment through sculpture, painting, drawing, and print. We are honored to present two emblematic works…

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Peter’s Picks: A Suite Buy

February 11, 2020

Suites or groups of works have a special way of cheating the time/space constraints imposed by the limits of individual art objects. As a collector, suites offer a succinct way to capture an artist’s process or a particular moment in art history…

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Peter’s Picks: Women Sculptors

February 11, 2020

Among the many female artists represented in our February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction, four stand out for their particular visions of representation and the fabrication of the art object.

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Peter’s Picks: Online Only Lots (Session One)

February 10, 2020

Here at LAMA we are constantly looking for new ways to engage our ever-growing audience. This past October we were thrilled to introduce our first-ever Online Only Auction…

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Artist Spotlight: Jan de Swart

February 9, 2020

Jan de Swart was known within artistic circles as a technical virtuoso and a creative hero. De Swart rose to prominence through his visibility in Arts & Architecture and his close relationship with the magazine’s publisher and editor, John Entenza…

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Artist Spotlight: Raymond Pettibon

February 8, 2020


In 1992, the Museum of Contemporary Art presented “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s,” Paul Schimmel’s first exhibition as chief curator at the museum. Seeking to deliver an “updated” vision of Los Angeles, the exhibition divorced modern Angeleno art from the environmental factors that had animated the Light and Space movement…

Read more about Raymond Pettibon in advance of the February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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