LAMA Current Events

In Memoriam: Vladimir Kagan

April 11, 2016

Lot 112 Vladimir Kagan Contour lounge Chair

We at Los Angeles Modern Auctions were saddened to hear of the passing of one of the greats of modern design: Vladimir Kagan, who died late last week at age 88. The German-born son of a cabinet maker whose family immigrated to New York in 1938, Kagan entered the world of mid-century furniture design like a fresh breeze. His sofas and chairs—with their sinuous curves, outthrust legs and sculptural presence—had a never-before-seen verve and vivacity, earning him a clientele that would include Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol. Vladimir Kagan taught Americans that modernist design could be sexy.

In Memoriam: L.A.’s Own Chris Burden (1946–2015)

May 11, 2015

Chris Burden

We at LAMA were saddened to hear of Chris Burden’s passing yesterday morning, Sunday May 10, in Los Angeles. Since 1969 Burden lived in Southern California–first he studied at Pomona College in Claremont, and then he received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine. With a familial and childhood background in science and engineering, and having studied courses in architecture at Pomona College, Burden went on to make big, powerful, and sometimes kinetic installations. In LACMA’s entry plaza stands Urban Light (2008), 202 antique cast-iron street lamps in the form of a Classical Greek temple. It has become a much-beloved symbol of the city. Los Angeles will miss Chris Burden.

In Memoriam: Prolific Architect & Designer Michael Graves (1934–2015)

March 16, 2015

Lot 305, Michael Graves, Teapot, Designed 2000

Michael Graves, one of the most prominent American architects of the latter 20th century, and also a prolific designer, passed away on March 12th, at the age of 80. Through his high profile projects such as the Humana Corporation healthcare headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky; the Portland Building in Oregon; and the Denver Central Library; Graves established himself as the nation’s leading exponent of postmodernism. His designs wedded sleek modernist lines to brightly colored materials with classical architectural references, and the the occasional touch of playfulness. A notable feature of his Team Disney Building in Burbank are caryatid-style supports shaped as the Seven Dwarfs.

What’s New: LAMA and Artsy

February 16, 2015

LAMA and Artsy

LAMA is excited to be the first commercial auction house to partner with Artsy for the upcoming March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. Together, LAMA and Artsy are presenting 24 select lots, which will be biddable via Artsy’s online technology.

We talk to Peter Loughrey, director and founder of LAMA, to find out his answers to “What’s new at LAMA?” and learn more about Artsy’s involvement in the March 1 auction.

Remembering Hard-Edge Painter June Harwood (1933-2015)

January 7, 2015

Today we remember artist and local treasure June Harwood (1933–2015) who recently passed away. We celebrate her spirited, visionary artistry and her legacy as a member of the Hard-Edge movement. Her vivid, bold paintings—typically utilizing just two or three colors to distill the simplicity of forms, line, and shape—were thrilling to behold while maintaining a sense of harmony.

Remembering Rodrigues

September 9, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The Brazilian architect and designer Sergio Rodrigues passed away a few days ago in his hometown Rio de Janeiro. He was 86. Obituaries lauded him as the father of modern Brazilian design, but Rodrigues was something more: a man whose work interpreted the character and personality of his country.

The Fulton Mall in Fresno Needs Your Help

March 17, 2014

Fulton Mall Fresno 14

Time is running out to show your support for modern art, architecture, and historic preservation. Please donate to put a stop to the destruction of The Fulton Mall in Downtown Fresno. The 1000 Friends of Fresno is filing a lawsuit against the City of Fresno. For this to happen, they need to raise $50,000. They are making progress to their goal, but they need your help. Continue Reading for the link to make a donation.

Getting Ready for the February 23, 2014 Auction

February 22, 2014


The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will begin tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Pacific Time). Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for Sunday’s big event.