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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

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Sometimes an exceptional piece slips through the cracks at auction. Usually this is because the auction is of such quality that even very special pieces can end up getting overlooked. I have picked out six examples from Sunday’s Modern Art & Design Auction, on October 9, which deserve closer consideration. These exceptional pieces could have sold at any other LAMA auction and if they show up once more, they will likely get more attention. These pieces are now available at a set price from LAMA and can be purchased outright, no bidding required. Here are my top fine art and design post-auction picks which are still available for sale:

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Clay

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Los Angeles was fertile ground for some of the greatest achievements of the American Studio Ceramic Movement between the 1940s and the 1970s. In the auction on Sunday, October 9th, LAMA offers a number of examples by the leading practitioners of the movement whose work served as a catalyst in re-shaping attitudes toward clay. From Peter Voulkos and Paul Soldner, to Stan Bitters and Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, provides his expert insight on the state of clay, while curator Jo Lauria contextualizes these masters works and their lasting influence. Read on!

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Ed Ruscha

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Ed Ruscha’s painting, photography, prints, and books are among the most iconic art works of the 20th century. A transplant to Los Angeles, he moved to the city in 1956 and soon became one of the city’s most adept chroniclers. Ruscha’s training in commercial art is evident in the two unique paintings offered by LAMA on October 9, which employ everyday subject matter and neatly set typography. For Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, the painting in particular has a unique association: “Ruscha’s painting ‘Crescent Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon’ has a special resonance for me because I myself lived at the corner of Laurel Canyon and Crescent Heights for seven years and ran LAMA from that apartment. There’s a little red dot in the word Laurel Canyon and that’s exactly where my building was! It is especially exciting to present a piece with such a connection to Los Angeles.”

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Helen Frankenthaler

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Throughout her six-decade career, Helen Frankenthaler created a dramatic body of highly expressive abstract painting, unmatched in intensity and lyricism. Created in 1976, Jade demonstrates Frankenthaler’s facility with acrylics. The work carries Frankenthaler’s signature balance of control and spontaneity. Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, states, “paintings like this don’t come up in this market very often and LAMA doesn’t always get the opportunity to present works of this stature – it’s a great painting at a very attractive estimate.”

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Frank Gehry

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Frank Gehry is one of the world’s leading architects. Gehry’s aesthetic is characterized by its innovative use of materials, from dynamically twisting sheets of steel in his exteriors to the incorporation of plain unpainted plywood in the interiors of his buildings. LAMA is pleased to announce the sale of a sculpture by Gehry, commissioned for the Chiat/Day offices in Toronto, Canada, in the October 9, 2016 auction. This unique work is a great representation of the art produced by the famed architect.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Sam Maloof

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted to announce the auction of a group of three designs by celebrated woodworker Sam Maloof (1916 – 2009) on October 9, 2016. Self-taught, Maloof first began working with wood as a child and excelled in his craft from an early age. The pieces for auction include a desk, armchair and one of Maloof’s iconic rocking chairs, all created between 1991 – 1992. Carved from comfortable, hard-wearing walnut, the chairs are embody the elegant simplicity of Maloof’s designs, which place function first. Maloof’s attention to detail was legendary and rather than employing hundreds of technicians, he had a hand in every object that left his workshop. Each of these remarkable pieces bear the hallmarks of Maloof’s classic aesthetic.

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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks: ICYMI

227, Norman Bluhm, Byzantine Windows (1992)

LAMA Director of Modern Design and Fine Art Peter Loughrey sums up the best of the May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction underdogs – “For one reason or another, there are sometimes pieces offered in our sales that, as they say in the movie business, don’t find their audience. Here are several that I believe deserve a second look.” Peter’s Post-Auction Picks include works by Norman Bluhm, Hans Wegner, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Richard Neutra, and Robert Sonneman.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Philip Evergood

Lot 166, Philip Evergood, M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget, 1928

Sometimes a work of art has so much going on that it demands to be talked about. That’s certainly the case with Philip Evergood’s 1928 oil painting M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget, Lot 166 in LAMA’s May 22, 2016 auction of Modern Art & Design. The painting is fascinating and perplexing, just like the artist himself. Despite his orthodox training, Evergood painted fantastical imagery in a deliberately naïve style. M.T. Florinsky, D.S. Mirsky and the Pidget was the first Evergood painting to manifest those keynotes, and when the Whitney Museum of American Art mounted a survey of his work in 1960, it was the first picture in the exhibition catalogue.

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