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Just In: Josef Albers

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.

Artist Spotlight: John Ferren

September 20, 2018

John Ferren quickly established himself as leading voice amongst New York Abstract Expressionists. In 1955 he served as president of The Club, an organization comprised of some of the leading Abstract Expressionist artists of the day. Disregarding the restraints of post-war painting’s common stylistic adherence, Ferren’s works remained “eclectic and wide ranging.” LAMA will be offering six works by Ferren in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art and Design Auction including “Source Fiesta” (1949), “Untitled” (1960), and his collection of four drawings which all provide a small sample of the vast diversity in Ferren’s repertoire.

Oskar Fischinger: Champion of Pure Abstraction

April 29, 2016

Lot 167, Oskar Fischinger, Wave Five (1948)

A pioneer of modernism in Los Angeles, Oskar Fischinger (1900–1967) is celebrated for his transcendent and metaphysical oil paintings, as well as for his groundbreaking work in abstract film animation. Working as an animator for, by turns, Paramount, MGM, and Disney, Fischinger turned to painting as a creative outlet—one he pursued with vigor for the rest of his life. These paintings uniquely embody a sense of cinematic movement with forms that resonate and pulse, move in waves, swell, and burst. For Fischinger, these abstractions were means to transcendent ends. He sought, through painting, to escape the earthly, and to hint at the eternal.

Kaz Oshiro: Monumentalizing the Mundane

February 2, 2016

Kaz Oshiro

By “monumentalizing the mundane,” as one critic put it, Kaz Oshiro has drawn comparisons to Andy Warhol and other Pop artists with his uncannily realistic sculptural representations of everyday objects. Oshiro finishes his pieces with scuffs, scratches, and scrapes—“abstract marks,” he calls them—that suggest the object has lived through years of use. He employs the materials of painting including canvas, acrylics, wooden boards, and framing, to create sculptural objects such as the three archetypal works in this sale: Trash Bin #9 (Pink/White), Bumper #3, and Microwave Oven #4.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Agnes Martin

May 11, 2015

Lot 197, Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1977

The May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction is almost here. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a watercolor, graphite, and ink work on paper from 1977 by Agnes Martin: director Peter Loughrey’s auction pick of the day. This lot retains Pace Gallery and Margo Leavin Gallery labels and will be offered at auction for the first time.

Just In: Agnes Martin Watercolor

March 12, 2015

Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1977, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, May 2015 Auction

Canadian-born Agnes Martin (1912—2004) was a major figure of 1950s and 1960s abstraction, known for her square-format works with all-over grid patterns, rendered in paint and graphite. Described as an artist who bridged Abstract Expressionism with Minimalism, arguably too, she exhibited an austere North American pragmatism, influenced by Protestantism. In a similar vein, her belief in the tenets of Zen Buddhism aligns with her oeuvre’s classical refrains. Martin’s paintings evoke ancient (Greek, Egyptian, and Chinese) ideals–simplicity and perfection, or a search for solitude. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce that a horizontal watercolor by Martin will be offered in the May 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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