October 22, 2018
Josef Albers became fascinated with the architectural silhouettes of the Mesoamerican flat-top pyramids that he observed during his numerous trips to Mexico. This experience is said to have had a lasting impression on Albers’ iconic works, and especially his Homage to the Square series, whose recurring square within a square composition could be seen as a distillation of the shape of the stepped pyramid when viewed from above. LAMA is pleased to be offering this painting in the November 18, 2018 Auction of the Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian.
March 9, 2018
During the mid-1960s, Latvian-American visual artist Vija Celmins began to move away from the Abstract Expressionist style that marked her early excursions into painting, and for a brief period focused on still life paintings and drawings, utilizing objects found close to hand in her studio space in order to sharpen her powers of perception. Works such as her 1963 ‘Untitled (Fish),’ which Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is thrilled to have the opportunity to include in our upcoming auction, are notably absent of direct human presence, though traces of human intervention and its consequences are never too far from the surface.