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Interview with Artist Charles Arnoldi

September 23, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Throughout his forty-year career, legendary Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi (b. 1946) has been synonymous with the artistic scene of Venice Beach. Arnoldi’s distinctive work blurs the boundaries between sculpture and painting, containing echoes both of architecture and the natural world. LAMA is pleased to announce a a meticulously crafted 1985 painting by Arnoldi that goes to auction on October 9th. Imposing geometric order on irregular material, Billion 1 achieves a harmonious and symmetrical balance. The artist recently spoke with Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art to discuss his work.

The Painted Word: Q+A with Artist Steve Roden

February 19, 2016

Lot 395, Steve Roden, the silent world (retract & disappear) (2001-2002)

Respected by critics as much as his peers, the Pasadena-based artist Steve Roden has been a longtime fixture in the electronic music scene and is admired for interpreting non-visual mediums—from music to literature—in abstract, visual forms conceived as paintings and installations. A featured lot in LAMA’s February 21st auction is his painting the silent world (retract and disappear), a signal work made between 2001 and 2002 from a series first shown at the Susan Vielmetter Gallery in Los Angeles. We spoke to Roden about it.

Interview: Don Suggs

October 10, 2015

Lot 169 Don Suggs Two Fridas (from Matrimony Series) (2) 2006

Don Suggs is often called “an artist’s artist.” For more than 45 years, he has been a popular fixture in the Los Angeles art scene–as a teacher at UCLA, an editor, and a prolific and exhibited artist engaged in a wide array of forms and mediums. Our upcoming October 11th auction features a striking example of Suggs’s art: Two Fridas (from Matrimony Series) (2) (2006), Lot 169, a work that consists of paired tondos–a circular canvas format that dates to the Renaissance. Los Angeles Modern Auctions recently spoke with Suggs about his artistic process.

Interview: Charles Arnoldi

September 30, 2015

Charles Arnoldi artist, standing in front of his artwork at LAMA

Charles Arnoldi is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker acclaimed for brightly colored compositions that straddle the margins of sculpture and painting; abstraction and representation. Both curiosity and experimentation are hallmarks of Arnoldi’s work–a theme that emerged in his groundbreaking “stick paintings” of the 1970s, made of found twigs and branches that Arnoldi shaped into constructions and affixed to panels.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions spoke with Charles Arnoldi in August 2015 about his career and his artistic philosophy. Five lots by the artist will be offered in our October 11 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Interview: Joe Goode

September 28, 2015

Joe Goode, Photo by Caren Levin

Artist Joe Goode has been living in Los Angeles for over 55 years and his work has been exhibited internationally since before the very genesis of terms like contemporary art or Pop art. His paintings are in the permanent collections of many major museums such as the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Recently, Joe Goode sat down with Peter Loughrey, Director of Los Angeles Modern Auctions, to talk about his career and Glass and Spoon (Tickled Pink) (1966–1967), which goes to market the first time in almost half a century. LAMA is pleased to offer four lots by the artist in our October 11 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Interview: Richard Pettibone

September 21, 2015

Richard Pettibone, Studio, Los Angeles Modern Auctions Interview

“I only copy what I love.” In a career spanning more than 50 years, Richard Pettibone has created one of the most compelling and intriguing bodies of work in contemporary American art. A pioneer of appropriation–the reuse, adaptation, or reproduction of existing images and forms–Pettibone began in the early 1960s to paint miniature copies of modernist masterworks by artists such as Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. His engaging work prompts both celebration and controversy, and raises questions about the nature of originality, and the relationship between art and the viewer. Pettibone’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

In August 2015 Los Angeles Modern Auctions spoke with the New York-based artist about thoughts and influences that informed the six key paintings on offer in the October 11 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Interview: Chris Ferebee & the Hollow Table

August 28, 2015

Chris Ferebee Hollow Table, LAMA Auction October 11, 2015

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present a rare and important prototype of designer Chris Ferebee’s 1999 Hollow Table in the upcoming October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design auction. A multidisciplinary talent, Ferebee is a young star of both contemporary art and design, who makes museum-quality pieces. Recently he spoke with LAMA about his creative process and the inspirations for his designs.

All Hail Haines: Patrick Dragonette Discusses America’s King of Custom Design

May 8, 2014

In the upcoming May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, Los Angeles Modern Auctions will offer over 30 custom William “Billy” Haines designs commissioned for an important Beverly Hills estate being sold by Anita May Rosenstein. Recently, we sat down with Los Angeles interior designer and gallerist, Patrick Dragonette of Dragonette Ltd, to discuss these designs. For almost two decades, Dragonette has specialized in the custom works of Billy Haines, and his showroom on La Cienega is one of the only places you can find a Haines work for sale at any given time. Read more to learn why Dragonette ranks Haines as the greatest American decorator of the 20th century.