Peter’s Picks

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

May 20, 2010

Most of the Nakashima pieces in the sale came from the collection of James (Jim) and Gene Bishop, who were close friends of George Nakashima’s in the late 1940s.  According to Nakashima’s daughter, Mira, they were known to trade work to each other.  The dinette table, which he acquired in the late 1940s, is possibly […]

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: May 19th

May 19, 2010

Peter: Five of my favorite items in the auction have to do with pure geometry and color: Ellsworth Kelly’s “Yellow Over Black” Herbert Bayer’s “Chromatic Accrument” painting Victor Vasarely’s “DVA-DVA” painting John McLaughlin’s “Untitled #33” painting Each has a strong sense of shape defined by color.  But also included in this group should be the […]

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: May 18th

May 18, 2010

As we continue with the May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design auction preview, I got a chance to ask Peter about his sentiments about some of the items up for auction. Today he told me his “pick of the day” was the assortment of offerings by Hendrick Van Keppel & Taylor Green. Works include: Lot […]

LA Modern Auctions Preview Day 4: Peter’s Picks

December 4, 2009

Today’s picks: Lot 286, Arne Jacobsen, Dining table and 4 “Ant” chairs, $5,000 – 6,000 What once was commonly available on the resale market, the “Ant” chair and dinging table, are now increasingly becoming harder to come by.  Arne Jacobsen’s 3 legged “Ant” chair, for example could be easily found in any resale shop handling […]

LA Modern Auctions Preview Day 3: Peter’s Picks

December 3, 2009

Peter’s picks for today: Detail of Fontana Sculpture Lucio Fontana “Concetto Spaziale”, Lot 297, estimate $15,000 – 20,000 Lucio Fontana is known for pushing the limits of the materials he worked with. As a painter in search of a third dimension, his most iconic works are canvases with piercings, cuts, or slashes, which create a […]

LA Modern Auctions Preview Day 2: Peter’s Picks

December 2, 2009

Peter’s picks for today was the Pablo Picasso “Francoise”, Lot 330 and Jerome Kirk sculpture, Lot 1. This large-scale lithograph from an edition of 50 by Picasso rarely comes on the market. Picasso took a very keen interest in the lithographic process and savored the many different techniques available to a creative artist’s hand. In […]

LA Modern Auctions Preview Day 1: Peter’s Picks

December 1, 2009

The day has come, the LA Modern gallery is now open to the general public for preview. Preview is open through Saturday December 5th, leading up to Auction Day, which is December 6th.   Today there was buzz around the Stan Bitters Ceramic Garden Table and Stool Set, Lot 238, probably because we rarely sell […]