One of the great things about life: there are always second chances. Maybe you were busy or distracted during LAMA’s October 11th Modern Art & Design Auction–a sweeping success energized by lively bidding that saw new record auction prices, and total sales of $4.1 million. But several important and highly collectible works by the greatest names in modern and contemporary 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, including lots by Tom Friedman, Christo, Annie Leibovitz, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Chris Ferebee, and Russel Wright.
Alfredo Ramos Martinez
The painter and muralist Alfredo Ramos Martinez was a prominent and influential figure in the early 20th century both in his native Mexico and his adopted home of Los Angeles. Ramos Martinez brought a fresh, modernizing spirit to the art scene of his homeland, helping to foster the rich modernismo artistic awakening led by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Floripondios–the word translates as “large flowers” –are a recurring motif in Ramos Martinez’s work. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer Lot 84, Floripondios (2) (c.1938), an impressive diptych at auction October 11.
In the upcoming October 13, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA is proud to offer 60 lots from the Estate of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield. From the late 1920s until the early 1980s, through the Dalzell Hatfield Gallery at the Ambassador Hotel in Beverly Hills, the Hatfields introduced Los Angeles to some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. A diverse variety of paintings, prints, and ceramics, Ruth and Dalzell’s personal collection represents the pioneering work the Hatfields accomplished throughout the mid-century. Their collection includes works by European, American, and Mexican masters such as Pablo Picasso, Emil Nolde, Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Millard Sheets, and Alfredo Ramos Martínez.