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In honor of Veterans Day, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) has compiled a list of artists who used the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill, to further their artistic education and careers. The bill was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to allow veterans and servicemen access to continued education, the ability to buy a home, and extended health benefits.
Artist Richard Hambleton passed away on October 29, 2017 at the age of 65. Born on June 23, 1952 in Vancouver, Canada, Richard Art Hambleton graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. After receiving his degree, Hambleton stayed in Vancouver to open the Pumps Center for Alternative Art before moving to New York City in 1980. LAMA was fortunate enough to offer two paintings from 2005 in our auction, and look forward to sharing his hauntingly creative artworks to our collectors even after his untimely passing.
Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz passed away on April 20, 2017 at the age of 86. Her work transcended medium by deftly transforming fiber and textiles into haunting figures that depict the various states of the human condition.
One of the most recognizable artists of the Pop Art movement, James Rosenquist passed away on March 31, 2017, at the age of 83. Rosenquist resisted being categorized as a “Pop Artist” and wrote in his 2009 autobiography Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art: “Pop Art. I’ve never cared for the term, but after half a century of being described as a pop artist I’m resigned to it. Still, I don’t know what pop art means, to tell you the truth.”
Los Angeles Modern Auctions achieved top prices for works by local, national, and international artists and designers at auction on May 22, 2016. LAMA set world record prices for Sheila Hicks, a work on paper by Ken Price, and a painting by Jules Olitski from his late period, proving that geography is not a limitation for this boutique auction house.