Abstract painting

Just In: Alexander Calder

August 24, 2020

Calder’s gouache works on paper — his preferred two-dimensional medium — lend insight into how the artist came to create the sculptures and mobiles that have become synonymous with his name. During his yearlong stay in Aix-en-Provence in 1953…

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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.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Ad Reinhardt

October 5, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions

One of the 20th century’s most iconoclastic artists, Ad Reinhardt devoted himself to the pursuit of pure abstraction. On October 9, LAMA presents an outstanding example from Reinhardt’s best-known body of work: his all-black or “ultimate” paintings, on which he focused during the last ten years of his career. Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, states “Abstract Painting is one of those mythical creatures. It is enormously rare for anyone in my field to get the chance to sell one. So, this is a career highlight for me, this is the ultimate opportunity and I’m incredibly proud to have my moment to present one.”

Hans Burkhardt: Surreal Abstractions

February 5, 2016

Lot 038, Hans Burkhardt, My L.A. (1938)

The singular painting style of Swiss-born artist Hans Burkhardt is praised for its striking fusion of representation, abstraction, and surrealism. A longtime influential presence in Los Angeles art circles, Burkhardt has been called “Goya’s spiritual heir” for his compelling artistic indictments of the brutality of war. On February 21, 2016, LAMA will offer an important early work by Burkhardt, as well as two mid-career paintings from the 1960s.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Opportune Investments in Abstract Painting

December 14, 2012

My pick today is a group of exceptional paintings with strong provenance and exhibition history by John Ferren, Leonard Edmondson, and Emil Bisttram, artists whom were wildly successful during their careers, yet neglected by art critics and historians in recent years. Click to read more about why this is the perfect moment to invest in the work of these artists.