October 12, 2016
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted by the success of the October 9 Modern Art & Design Auction. The auction was defined by a number of outstanding moments. With an estimate of $150,000 – 200,000, Lot 137 Ed Ruscha’s “Canyon Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon” far exceeded expectations, selling for $468,750. Most significantly, perhaps, LAMA set a new world auction record for a work by Bay area artist Jay DeFeo. Lot 227 Apex, an oil painting made in 1987, was estimated at $80,000-120,000 and went on to realize a phenomenal $281,250 on the day. Total auction sales for the Modern Art & Design Auction totaled $3.9 million, selling 94% of the 431 lots by value.
May 12, 2015
From Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art:
There are a few rare examples of artwork that have gained historical relevance far beyond the creator’s expectations. I find this portfolio to be one of those cases.
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I, a 1968 limited edition portfolio of ten silkscreen prints on paper, at the May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction. Campbell’s Soup I is a major work in the Andy Warhol canon. In these prints, Warhol returned to the subject of his first solo show as an artist and to that which made his name: Campbell’s Soup Cans, a group of 32 silkscreened paintings on canvas with hand-lettering (now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York). The 1968 Soup Cans prints here represent a refinement of that work. With the use of the mechanical silkscreen technique, he removed the direct hand of the artist from the artistic process. After Warhol, artists would be seen not only as makers of compelling objects such as painting and sculpture, but also as makers of ideas.
February 18, 2015
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce that Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I, a 1968 limited edition portfolio of ten silkscreen prints on paper, will be offered in our Modern Art & Design Auction this May. Campbell’s Soup I is a major work in the Warhol canon. Defining emblems of Warhol’s artistry, these prints are icons of the Pop art movement, and arguably are among the most famous images in all of postwar art.