Abstract Expressionism

Artist Spotlight: Hilda D. Levy

February 4, 2020

Over the course of her twenty year-long career, Hilda D. Levy (1908–2001) cultivated a complex vernacular in which textured linear arrangements gave rise to a “spectacle” of “unrest.”

Read more about Hilda D. Levy in today’s Auction Spotlight for the February 16, 2020 Modern Art Auction.

Just In: Larry Bell

December 20, 2019

With early aspirations of working as a Disney animator, a young Larry Bell first pursued abstract oil painting at the Chouinard Art Institute. His work was largely informed by Abstract Expressionism until he began taking classes from artists such as Robert Irwin, who revealed to him an artistic process free from utilitarian constraints.

Artist Spotlight: George Grosz

November 3, 2018

Artist Spotlight of the Day: George Grosz in America

While Grosz’s legacy in the United States has been largely overlooked, his influence has recently been linked to prominent social realists as well as early episodes of Abstract Expressionism. Read more about George Grosz in today’s Artist Spotlight.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Hard-Edge Art

September 24, 2018

Peter Loughrey takes over the blog to discuss his favorite items in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction. Read about the California Hard-Edge artists in today’s post.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Abstract Expressionism

June 4, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Abstract Expressionism was the dominant style of art in America from 1950 to 1965. The June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction features a number of strong paintings from some legendary figures in the movement.

Artist Spotlight: Roberto Crippa

May 29, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), June 10, 2018 Modern Art Design Auction

Aligned with the generation of artists who followed closely behind or alongside the Cubist, the Futurist, and the Abstract Expressionist movements, Milan-born painter and sculptor, Roberto Crippa (1921-1972), lived during a time of transition and experimentation. While his early work tended towards geometric abstraction, Crippa soon joined a new movement, Spazialismo (or “Spatialism”) alongside fellow artists including Lucio Fontana, Cesare Peverelli, Gianni Dova, and Enrico Donati.

Vija Celmins to hit the auction block

May 21, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Working in California during the mid-1960s, Vija Celmins’ began to depart from the Abstract Expressionist style that marked her early paintings and shifted her focus to still life paintings and drawings. These explorations eventually led to her use of found photographs as source materials. LAMA is pleased to announce ‘Untitled (Fish)’ to headline the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction. LOTS NOW ONLINE.

Just In: Vija Celmins painting

March 9, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAAM)

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.

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