In our 25th anniversary auction, on Sunday, October 22nd, we are thrilled to offer a number of works inspired by the same spirit behind “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” A group of important art and design pieces from Latin America feature in the auction.
LAMA in the Press
The Bay Area Figurative Movement, as it would come to be known, turned Abstract Expressionism on its head by reintroducing the figure as a central subject in abstraction. Artists such as Nathan Oliveira, Roland Petersen, Manuel Neri, and Hassel Wendell Smith—whose works are included in our 25th anniversary auction—all started their careers by dabbling in Abstract Expressionism, but gradually adopted a new approach to that idiom, transforming it with over-saturated, thickly-layered pigments, geometric compositions, and an emphasis on solitary, amorphous figures.
Los Angeles wasn’t always the art hub that it is today and if it weren’t for a clutch of tenacious artists working from the 1960s on, today’s art scene may never have come to fruition.
When revolutionary French artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) debuted his transgressive 1912 Cubo-Futurist painting ‘Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2’ at the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art (now known as The Armory Show) in New York, its reputation preceded it.
I hope that some of you will join us at the Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) preview, where you can view a number of superlative Abstract Expressionist works from the upcoming sale in our front gallery and beyond.
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a table, desk, and chairs by Dan Johnson (1918–1979). This modernist designer looked back to Roman antiquity to find inspiration for his signature furniture pieces. The forms of Johnson’s best-known works–his lithe, graceful Gazelle chairs and tables–were likely suggested by the animals depicted in early CE Roman hunting scene mosaics. The rare Satyr line of tables was inspired by images of the Greco-Roman mythological figure: part-man, part-horse, with a notably long tail, and in many renderings, equine legs and hooves. On offer will be a Gazelle chair and a Satyr dining table.
De Wain Valentine was recently listed as one of Art + Auction’s 50 next most collectible artists. On October 7, 2012, to celebrate LAMA’s 20th anniversary, a large-scale De Wain Valentine sculpture, titled Curved Waterfall (1990), will go up for auction.
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) reached $8.5 million in sales for 2011, nearly doubling the previous record of $4.5 million set in 2008. This year LAMA achieved new auction records for works by Reg Butler, Ettore Sottsass, De Wain Valentine, Roland Reiss, Robert Rauschenberg, and Isamu Noguchi.