Peter’s Auction Picks

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Ceramics

May 15, 2019

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Ceramics

When Californian ceramists became active in the early 20th century, their geographic independence from long-standing ceramic capitals meant that they weren’t bound by the traditions of their trade or by a preexisting critical infrastructure. A variety of works featured in the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction help chart the history of California’s innovative and untethered ceramic practices.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Designs at the end of the 20th Century

May 14, 2019


Maarten Baas, Clay Fan, executed 2007
May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Designs at the end of the 20th century

As a reaction to the Modernist demands of earlier decades, various design movements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries attempted to unify their craft with the formal qualities of sculpture in order to expose the passivity with which most viewers encountered their medium as well as to redefine their own role as authors of their work.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Portfolios

May 13, 2019





Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Artist Portfolios

Portfolios are unique in that they reveal their artist’s development of and experimentation with a theme. It is as if the artist offers the viewer multiple courses for artistic action for a single prompt.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art

February 14, 2019

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art

A surge in linguistic philosophy that explored the ways in which languages affect their broader cultural systems led to the proliferation of text-heavy throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Many modern and conceptual artists began performing practical analyses of those effects by representing the intersections of text and visual languages in their works. Continue reading for Peter’s Pick of the Day.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Viewpoints from Light and Space Artists

February 13, 2019

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Three Different Viewpoints From Light and Space Artists

Native to Southern California, the informally associated group of artists who populated the Light and Space movement during the second half on the 20th century, pursued their new art form through several central features. Fred Eversley, Mary Corse, and Larry Bell are three artists Peter Loughrey discusses in today’s Auction Picks for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Students of the Bauhaus

February 12, 2019

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Students of the Bauhaus

Recognized as one of the world’s most influential modernist art schools, the Bauhaus has had a far reaching hand in shaping some of history’s most distinguished creatives. Convinced of the need to abolish the distinction between fine and practical arts, Walter Gropius established the Bauhaus school in 1919. Read more from Peter Loughrey in today’s Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Pop Art Translations of Mickey Mouse

February 11, 2019

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Pop Art Translations of Mickey Mouse

Walt Disney was an undisputed pioneer in cross-marketing. Mickey Mouse in particular appeared across all mass media platforms, eventually proving himself to be the ideal host for Disney’s  “total merchandising” ambitions. Andy Warhol nevertheless admired the titan who built one of the most successful commercial art practices of all time. Read more from Peter Loughrey in today’s Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Artists of the Ecole de Paris

November 14, 2018

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: School of Paris

In the late 19th century Paris became the center of the Western art world. As a result, the turn of the century brought an influx of artists from all over the world to the city. Within the cafes, salons, and shared workspaces of Montmartre, these artists traded the influences of their diverse backgrounds and blended the techniques of their respective traditions. Read more about this in today’s Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day.

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