alexander calder mobile

May 17 Auction Recap: Three World Records!

May 20, 2015

Lot 167 Alexander Calder Quatre Blancs 1976

The house was buzzing at the May 17 auction when Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) realized prices identical to New York auction house results for similar works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. The top lot was an impressive standing mobile by Alexander Calder that brought $826,250. Additionally, LAMA broke three world auction records for California artists (previously set by LAMA), proving it is the maker of markets as made evident with total auction sales for Sunday’s auction realizing $3 million, selling 119% of the 310 lots by value.

“We are continuing to show the marketplace that sellers no longer have to ship their modern art to New York to get the highest price,” states Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA. “Whether it’s $1,000 or $1,000,000, sellers can get the same price in Los Angeles.”

Peter’s Pick of the Day: An Alexander Calder Standing Mobile

May 13, 2015

 Alexander Calder, Quatre Blancs, 1976, LAMA Auction May 17, 2015

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer an outstanding sculpture by Alexander Calder: Lot 167, Quatre Blancs (1976), on offer at our May 17 auction. Alexander Calder (1898–1976), a modernist master known for revolutionizing abstract sculpture and originating kinetic art mobiles, lived much of his professional life between France and the East Coast. He spent a pivotal time during his youth, however, in California and the Los Angeles area in particular. Indeed, from Northern California to Southern California, across the state, stand many of Calder’s commissions and public sculptures.

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

This standing mobile is a prime example of Calder’s artistic genius. The substantial size, the simple construction, the elegant balance, and the primary colors–Quatre Blancs shows Calder’s masterful ability to distill his life’s work into a simple gesture. Although we think of Calder in terms of Paris and the East Coast, he spent a few years of his boyhood in Southern California and, as he suggests in his autobiography, the experience affected him profoundly.

Calder’s Final Flourish: Late Life Masterpiece to Auction May 17, 2015

April 20, 2015


Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that an impressive Alexander Calder standing mobile from 1976, Quatre Blancs, will be on offer at the May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. Among Calder’s very last works, this piece was made for his Galerie Maeght show in December 1976, which opened shortly after his death. The prestigious Parisian gallery, a beloved mecca for the postwar avant-garde and art cognoscenti, nurtured the careers of other 20th-century masters as well, including Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, and Joan Miró. This outstanding work, Lot 167, will be on the market for the first time since the original owner purchased it in 1978 through Galerie Maeght, Paris, and will be sold with a copy of the original purchase receipt.