Peter’s Picks

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day // The James Edition: June 21st

June 21, 2011

During my thirteen-year association with Los Angeles Modern Auctions I have enjoyed a front row seat to a pageant of art and design that fills me with delight, awe… and envy that I did not create it myself.  This auction has more than its share of “wow” pieces.  Some of these are: the Cindy Sherman […]

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: June 20th

June 20, 2011

William “Billy” Haines William “Billy” Haines devoted his life to good taste and design, a passion that he pursued after starring in his final film in 1934. On and off set, he was a self-proclaimed wisecrack yet to his Hollywood friends he was a charming man of confidence, which made for a smooth transition from […]

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: March 5th

March 6, 2011

TWO TONS O’ FUN No, I’m not talking about that porn site for Chubby Chaser’s. I’m referring to the Ettore Sottsass marble console (Lot 55) from the estate of the late Max Palevsky. Palevsky, founder of Data Systems and Intel, befriended Sottsass after he designed an exhibition that Palevsky funded at the Israel Museum in […]

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: March 4th

March 4, 2011

Playing with Printmaking Much has been made about whether beginning collectors should buy originals or should start by acquiring prints and multiples. This is a line of thinking that has been around the art world for generations. However, with the case of modern graphics or prints by modern artists, there is increasingly little difference between […]

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: March 3rd

March 3, 2011

The Classics This sale is exciting because of all the rare and sometimes obscure designs we happen to be offering in this catalogue. It is not every sale that we have unique works by Sottsass, architectural relics by Albert Frey, and superb provenanced examples from Billy Haines. But let’s not forget about the classics… Great examples by […]

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: March 2nd

March 2, 2011

Today’s pick of the day is Lot 164 Saul Steinberg’s “Western Harpy.”  This work was featured in a 1967 Vogue magazine article on the artist (the framed article is included in the sale). Working with ink and pastel on an ordinary paper bag, Steinberg demonstrates his mastery at creating vivid caricature out the humblest of […]

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: March 1st

March 2, 2011

Hard Edge Redux Vasa Mihich has somehow always eluded me as to his proper place in the spectrum of California Art.  I think that because he is Yugoslavian this fact made it difficult for me to include him with the other post-war artists working in California. In this sale, however, there is a piece that […]

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: February 28th

February 28, 2011

Antiques Roadshow Moment Sometimes we get the opportunity as an auctioneer to share our insight and knowledge with a client. This is one benefit of being in a business where it is beneficial to give information freely. The Roberto Matta drawing, one of the 50 lots from the Collection of James Byrnes to be offered […]