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.
Peter’s Auction Picks
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.
We are excited to offer an outstanding selection of iconic works in this auction by a group of important New York artists that, quite literally, pop out among the others. Pop art never seems to go out of style, retaining its freshness and novelty to this day. This auction boasts a number of important works by American Pop artists, including art world favorites Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, and Ellsworth Kelly, all of whom deployed highly impersonal iconographies taken from popular culture, including comics, advertisements, magazines, billboards, television, and political propaganda to express deeply personal themes.
Amid all the excitement of an auction I sometimes get goose bumps at the thought of being in the same room as hugely iconic works of art that altered the course of artistic expression in a single sweep. Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Franz Marc, and Emil Nolde are some of the most studied and important artists of recent art history.
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.
The 25th Anniversary Auction would not be complete without the inclusion of pieces by some of the most important American modernist furniture designers of the last century. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a selection of iconic pieces by renowned designers Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Edward Wormley.
Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955) does not give viewers of his work images of the world through rose colored glasses. His photography is about human interaction with the world, often focusing on the ways in which the natural world has been altered by production and development. LAMA is thrilled to offer three striking works by Burtynsky in the October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.
Every auction at Los Angeles Modern Auctions has its standouts and our May 21 auction is no exception. One such highlight is ‘The Missing Leg’ (1984), a monumental triptych by legendary artist Mike Kelley (1954–2012).