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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks: Art & Design Available for Immediate Purchase

May 21, 2015

LAMA Unsold May 2015

LAMA’s May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction was a rousing success with battling bidders, new world record auction prices, and total sales of $3 million. It’s not too late to join the fun, as several important and highly collectible works by the greatest names in modern and contemporary fine art and design are still available for purchase. Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s director and curator of the auction, has chosen six pieces from this group to highlight—masterful works of art by Agnes Martin, Cindy Sherman, and Jenny Holzer; as well as seminal designs by Rudolph M. Schindler, Hans Wegner, and ceramists Gertrud and Otto Natzler.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Artists Who Draw the Line

May 15, 2015


From Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art:

After reviewing the amazing, varied artwork in our May 17th auction at LAMA, I started thinking about lines. We are taught to think of a line as a fixed thing: a barrier, a boundary, or something we don’t want to cross. But a line can mean motion–the path from point A to point B–movement in space. A line, really, denotes a kind of energy. Artists know this. Looking through the lots in our upcoming auction, it’s quite striking to observe the different ways they explore this idea. Here are four artists who draw the line: Brice Marden, Alan Saret, De Wain Valentine, and Agnes Martin, with five enigmatic, beautiful lots.

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.