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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present a sculptural work by the renowned French-German artist Jean Arp, which will be available in the May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Jean Arp was closely connected to some of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Untitled (c. 1960) is an example of the artist’s late sculpture, a small-scale bronze work, over which a golden patina has been applied. Set on a black plinth, it is endowed with a grandeur and formality that belies the revolutionary spirit of the artist’s early work.

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Chris Burden: Imminent Danger

Los Angeles Modern Auction (LAMA)

These four gelatin silver print photographs: 747, Bed Piece, and Prelude to 220 or 110(4) date from 1971–1973, a notable phase in Burden’s career when he created some of his most seminal work. Bed Piece documents a memorable performance in which the artist lay in a bed in an otherwise empty gallery for 22 days. Initially experienced as a tortuous confinement, Burden came to enjoy the performance after a few days.

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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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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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