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Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: French Design

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The popularity of mid-century French design shows no sign of abating. During the 1950s, architects and designers began incorporating postwar innovations in technology and developments in everyday materials into their avant-garde designs. This aesthetic has become increasingly popular among collectors in recent years and so we are delighted to present a number of outstanding examples in the March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Chris Burden: Imminent Danger

Los Angeles Modern Auction (LAMA)

These four gelatin silver print photographs: 747, Bed Piece, and Prelude to 220 or 110(4) date from 1971–1973, a notable phase in Burden’s career when he created some of his most seminal work. Bed Piece documents a memorable performance in which the artist lay in a bed in an otherwise empty gallery for 22 days. Initially experienced as a tortuous confinement, Burden came to enjoy the performance after a few days.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Clay

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

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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